Monday, June 30, 2014

Don't go fly a kite, but please look for some

A pair of one of the rarest breeding birds in Mecklenburg County has put in an appearance in south Charlotte and it looks like they may be planning to stay. Mississippi kites have been seen regularly over the neighborhoods off Alexander Road, just off Providence Road. It would be great to document nesting from this pair.
Look at the photos here and see if these birds look like anything you are seeing in your area. Even if you do not live in the vicinity where the birds are being seen, you might have some near you too. There have been a few scattered reports of single Mississippi kites too.
Kites arrived in Mecklenburg County in 2009 and successfully nested, but disappeared after two years. Occasional reports came from the site where they are currently but with no consistency. They are great birds to see in the area. Let me know if you see them at or