Date: 7/31/17 1:30 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Mississippi Kites in Jefferson Parish
Jon/LABIRD,
Claire Thomas and I have seen multiple MIKI when exiting the causeway on
the South shore for at least 2, maybe 3 years now. I have wondered, what is
the draw for them at that spot during their time here?

On Jul 31, 2017 3:19 PM, "Wise, Jon" <Wise...> wrote:

> While we are on the subject of kites, I wanted to report my observations
> this summer of what I perceive as greater than average numbers of
> Mississippi Kites in Jefferson Parish in the area between West Esplanade
> and the lake, where I live and bird frequently. Just in my neighborhood
> over the past month, it has not been uncommon to see double digits of kites
> in the air and/or on telephone wires, particularly on Avron Boulevard. I
> saw at least six over my house yesterday, including at least two juveniles.
> I love these birds and look forward to them every summer, but I have not
> seen this many in my area as long as I have been watching. It is not
> uncommon to see several in one block, sitting on the telephone wires as if
> they were mourning doves. They don't seem the least concerned with the
> human or car traffic below them.
>
> Interestingly, I have also started seeing them riding the thermals from my
> office in downtown New Orleans- not in as great a number, but lately 3-4 at
> a time. This is a fairly new phenomenon for me, as I am more accustomed to
> seeing Cooper's Hawks and the odd vulture (and Peregrine's in the winter)
> downtown.
>
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