Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kites Increasing in Our Area?

Last week I related the sighting of a Mississippi kite off Marvin road in southern Mecklenburg County. Since then, there have been regular sightings of kites over Providence Springs Elementary School and last year's nesting area, off Alexander Road.

There is evidence that these sightings may involve more than one nesting pair. If area birders could confirm two nesting pairs of kites in the county that would double the previous high number of one.

Like last year, I suspect there is a nest in someone's yard. Study the photos below if you are seeing a raptor nesting in your yard. If the birds in the photos look like ones you are seeing you could be seeing Mississippi kites. Let me know at

Mississippi kite by Phil Fowler

Here are the kites in flight silhouette.