Date: 5/15/18 10:02 am
From: William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Adult Mississippi Kites near Monticello Park in Alexandria
This morning near Monticello Park in Alexandria, I saw two adult
Mississippi Kites — a male and a female. The two kites copulated before
leaving the area. Photos of the two birds are included in the eBird report
I submitted to the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas:
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45701573. The adults were seen by
people in the neighborhood two days ago, and someone else saw them
copulating yesterday.
Mississippi Kites were first observed last year at Monticello Park on May
14, and many people were able to observe a pair of kites who nested the
same general area. Mississippi Kites build flimsy nests, and while the
birds might be faithful to a particular area, they usually need to build a
new nest rather than trying to reuse a nest in a subsequent year. If you
want to see a video about last year’s kites, go to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O1-SWtgdb0.
Best,
William Young
Arlington, VA
www.MPNature.com <http://www.mpnature.com/>
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