Friday, April 25, 2014
Mississippi Kites back on territory
Yesterday in the late afternoon I spotted my first Mississippi Kite of the spring- a bird swooping eratically over West Esplanade just west of David Drive, on the Metairie/Kenner line.
This morning as I drove away from my house in Old Jefferson, a pair was perched shoulder to shoulder in a large Water Oak on my street. Their seemingly simultaneous arrival is is interesting- I wonder if mated pairs migrate across the Gulf together?
Mississippi Kites are among our last tropical migrants to return each spring- arriving typically right about this time.
This does not mean migration is over- indeed, the next seven days are (more or less) the traditional all-around peak of migration in south Louisiana.