Bird #246 — Mississippi Kite

ictinia (kite) mississippiensis (of Mississippi)

Wednesday, May 4, 1983 — 3:00 pm

Little Rock, Arkansas — Boyle Park

I watched the Mississippi Kites for 15 minutes, and I have no doubt of their identiy, but I have no idea what they look like.  They were soaring and circling high above the wooded valley.  They rarely flapped their wings but occasionally folded them part way.  I noticed their feet dangling below their bodies a few times.

They were trim gray birds with dark, narrow, pointed wings and dark, narrow tails.  Their heads were pale, and a pale area was visible on the trailing edge of the upper wing when they banked to turn.  I only saw them from underneath and didn’t get a very good feel for the bird.

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