Thursday, September 4, 2008

Babies Are Flying the Coop!

I volunteer as a rehabilitator at Wild Bird Rescue. We recently released about 30 baby Mississippi Kites we have been backup feeding for the last week or so. They have been eating like little pigs. But we have also seen them catch and eat dragonflies in flight, which is what they are supposed to do. A couple of days ago, 20+ were coming in for breakfast. Yesterday, it was 4. The kites are moving out.

I came into my office yesterday and looked up--there were 25 - 30 kites circling. There was a good wind yesterday--remnants of Hurricane Gustof. That made it a good day to start migration. I could still hear a few kites calling this morning, so not all of them are gone. But it won't be long now.


Jim Miller said...

I wondered about the effects of that little front that came through a couple of days ago. As of our last big rain event two weeks ago, we had six kites, mostly immatures, hanging out in the bottom land at River Bend. I've not seen more than two or three at any given time since, and the last couple of days it has been more like one or two.

Penny Miller said...

Many birds migrate with a front--akin to a tail wind.