Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mississippi Kite

The kites have returned to the panhandle. Seemingly appearing out of nowhere, all of a sudden they were everywhere in the skies. In this image, a female Mississippi Kite is being harassed by a blue jay. House finches, sparrows, starlings, and others will nag and taunt the kites in attempts to run them off. Breeding time brings much defensiveness and suspicion between the species of birds.

Blue Jay taunts a Mississippi Kite.
Here is an article from the Texas Parks and Wildlife that may be of interest.