Date: 7/29/17 9:01 am From: Frank Hamilton <fhamil06...> Subject: Bald Cardinals/Mississippi Kites
Thanks to all who responded to my bald Cardinal post. Would you believe I spotted a 'bald' female Cardinal at a feeder this morning! I also received two direct responses reporting similar Cardinals from SC members in Rock Hill and Hilton Head. Apparently bald Cardinals are not rare birds.
After posting the kite sighting, I thought it worth while to mention that at least two kites have come to a number of tall trees on or near my street. They did not appear to be a nesting pair. However, their presence did provide a humorous incident the first year I saw them. The kites frequented a tree in a neighbors yard, calling to each other in their distinctive whistle. The neighbor was perplexed because he thought someone (read woman!) was whistling at him!
Addendum: The highest number of kites ever seen flying over my immediate area was 11. Frank HamiltonCharleston, SC