Mississippi Kites

Discussion in 'Home, Garden, and Yard' started by Buck-Ridge, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Buck-Ridge

    Buck-Ridge Well-Known Member

    Resting on the patio today and looked up and saw a pair of Mississippi Kites. I've seen them circling here for about 15 years every spring.
     
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  2. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I saw my first of the year today, also - maybe four or five of them.
     

  3. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

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    Ours moved in 3-4 weeks ago
     
  4. outdoorjunkiebj

    outdoorjunkiebj Well-Known Member

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    I had one that hunted in my front yard for 3 years straight and then disappeared a year ago. They say they mostly eat bugs.
     
  5. rambored

    rambored Well-Known Member

    I have a pair nesting in the top of a pine tree in my front yard in West Little Rock. They have nested for many years in different trees in my yard. There is a Harris Hawk (i think?) hanging around, but I haven't seen where the nest is. They train their chicks to fly thru the tops of the trees. It is awesome! they are hard on a tree rat as well!
     
  6. dspeakes

    dspeakes Grand Member<br> 2006 Spring Turkey Team Contest W

    We had some of those at our house a couple of years ago in the pine trees. Haven't seen them this year but that may be because of the bald eagles nesting nearby.
     
  7. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

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    Shouldnt be a harris hawk. Possibly a red-shouldered?
     
  8. Buck-Ridge

    Buck-Ridge Well-Known Member

    I just walked my wife's puppy up the street and there are 5 Kites hunting.
     
  9. tmeredith

    tmeredith Platinum Member Redneck Slum Lord

    Saw my first ones earlier this week.
     
  10. sam

    sam Grand Member<br>2007 Photo Contest Winner<br>

    There is a pair that comse by here every year about now, saw one of them a few days ago.
     
  11. earl blevins

    earl blevins Well-Known Member

    WHAT IS A MISS.KITE
     
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  12. tmeredith

    tmeredith Platinum Member Redneck Slum Lord

    There was a swallow tailed kite hanging around my house a few years ago. Got some good pictures of him.
     
  13. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

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    Agfc was giving rewards for finding unknown nests a few years ago
     
  14. tmeredith

    tmeredith Platinum Member Redneck Slum Lord

    Yeah, I called the boneheads and they told me I had seen a barn swallow.
     
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  15. Buck-Ridge

    Buck-Ridge Well-Known Member

    It is a gray hawk looking bird that I see every spring and I didn't know what they were so I looked on the internet till I figured out what kind of bird they were. They glide more than a buzzard.
     
  16. MSWING12

    MSWING12 Well-Known Member

    Do you think it might be a Northern Harrier? I see what I think are those a lot where I live.

    They’re grey with a white spot at the base of the tail/body.
     
  17. hillbillycycles

    hillbillycycles Well-Known Member

    I need to be on the lookout, I noticed a pair about 5-6 years ago and they have returned every year. Last summer there was a second pair flying around as well. Nice to watch on a lazy afternoon.
     
  18. quackandmild

    quackandmild Well-Known Member

    There's one that shows up out here at the farm every year. It will follow my father inlaw while he's bush hogging and pick up easy meals.
     
  19. fullcredit

    fullcredit Super Moderator Staff Member

    My wife and I were working in the yard this afternoon and she said, "Look, there's an eagle!" Well it wasn't an eagle, but I thought about this thread. Looked up a picture of a Mississippi Kite and sure enough, that's what we were seeing. There were five of them circling around.
     
  20. DuckLn

    DuckLn Well-Known Member

    Ive heard of a missippie starfish but not the kite