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Kite in the tree
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Posted By: MikeNArk, 07-13-2022, 06:49 PM

While visiting with my neighbor on the fourth of July, a Mississippi Kite landed in a tree behind us. I had been looking for some in flight, but couldn't pass this photo op. My neighbor commented that they have evil eyes.

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Different Kite to the one I was thinking of as this one has no strings attached
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Different Kite to the one I was thinking of as this one has no strings attached
Thanks for viewing. They do have one thing in common. They both can soar high in the sky. Kites are very agile flyers.
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So this is a kite?
I don't know birds very well, but the kites (I think they were kites) I've seen around here have extremely slender and angled wings. Bodies aren't so robust as this one either.
This is a Mississippi kite, you say...
Very interesting shots you show us.
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So this is a kite?
I don't know birds very well, but the kites (I think they were kites) I've seen around here have extremely slender and angled wings. Bodies aren't so robust as this one either.
This is a Mississippi kite, you say...
Very interesting shots you show us.
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Thanks Angky. These birds began showing up here in good numbers several years ago and return each summer. I'm not sure what their diet consists of, but I do know they catch larger insects on the fly. I like watching them fly high overhead. They are very agile fliers, can turn on a dime and drop like a rock when pursuing prey.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
While visiting with my neighbor on the fourth of July, a Mississippi Kite landed in a tree behind us. I had been looking for some in flight, but couldn't pass this photo op. My neighbor commented that they have evil eyes.
Great pictures, I like your second picture best.They really have long tail feathers.
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Thanks for viewing and your comments. The tail feathers do look pretty long when they are perched in a tree. I like the second pose also. The first image was a straight on look at the eyes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by eaglem Quote
Different Kite to the one I was thinking of as this one has no strings attached
Same here, Mike.

I don't know that I've ever seen a kite (the bird) in the flesh. Interesting-looking critter.

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Same here, Mike.

I don't know that I've ever seen a kite (the bird) in the flesh. Interesting-looking critter.

Jer
Thanks Jer. You should not be fooled so easily.😊. These birds winter in Brazil and Argentina and migrate to the US for summer breeding. Looking at their migration path, they are only transients in your area.
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Interesting bird. I'm not seeing the evil eyes. Nice shots
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Interesting bird. I'm not seeing the evil eyes. Nice shots
Thanks for viewing and commenting. I think my neighbor was commenting about their large eyes with dark circles. I don't see anything evil about them either. Actually they are beneficial birds, feeding mainly on insects that are harmful to crops.
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