Mississippi Kites are beginning to be seen in our area. I haven’t seen one yet, but I am on the look-out. I have memories of a nice experience back in May of 2011, about four years ago. We had been birding at a neat birding place near Abilene, called Cedar Gap Farm.
We had just left the place and were about a half-mile down the road when I glanced to the left and saw a juvenile Mississippi Kite atop a utility. I stopped the car, got out with my camera, and took a closer look.
The bird was crying out, and as I looked skyward, an adult, probably it’s mother, was circling with some little nugget of food. As I watched it swept down and fed it in the mouth of the little one and flew off. I was intent on getting a photo of the young one so I set up my big 500mm lens on a tripod about thirty yards away.
As I was beginning to get some serious photos, the bird was still crying out. I was very fortunate that the adult flew down and again gave a large beetle type of insect to the baby. I was able to get these photos.
juvenile Mississippi Kite
Mississippi Kites – dinner time
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One of the raptor type birds that hang around here in the summer is the Mississippi Kite. I was reminded of them when my friend, Russell Smith, called me and told me that there were some in his neighborhood. There is a nest across the street from his home, and some of the young ones come sit in his own tree. I haven’t gotten there yet in time to get photos for this blog post, so I will relate this experience that I had a couple of years ago.
We had been to the Cedar Gap Farm bird sanctuary near Abilene. When leaving, about a quarter of a mile away I spotted a young kite sitting atop a utility pole. It was crying out, so I looked to the sky and spotted his parent, flying high above. As I watched, the adult came soaring in with a tasty morsel and fed it to the child. The adult, then left, apparently to fetch some more food so I got my cameras prepared. As it came back, I was able to get these photos. Click on any of them to see enlargements.
We thought we’d take a break this morning and take a drive to downtown San Angelo, and cruise a bit along the Concho River. It was really nice down there but a bit on the humid side. Not like up north, though, and it will disappear as the sun rises to it’s usual 100 degree mark. I was pleased to come across this Mississippi Kite, (Ictinia mississippiensis). This smallish raptor is beginning to show up more in increasing numbers in this area.
I just received an e-mail from Terry Maxwell asking for anyone that has informaation on Mississippi Kite nesting sites in the San Angelo and Tom Green County, Texas area to please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. A Texas Tech grad is arriving in San Angelo to do some research on the subject. Thanks for anyway you can help. Enjoy the photo. Click on image for an enlargement.