Print

Print


Here is an update on the Mississippi Kite  nest at Carl Junction, Jasper County, MO:

Dave Henness and I visited the site on Saturday, August 30, from 2 PM until about 3 PM.
We observed two adults and a recently fledged kite.  The young one had a brownish head,
a mottled grayish and whitish back and a shorter than adult sized tail.  

The nest was empty now but Dave observed the kite in the nest last week and reported it to MObirds. The nest was about 40 ft. up in an oak tree. The nest was formerly a squirrel's nest. 
Bent's Life History series mentions that they sometimes use American Crow's nests.

The fledged kite flew into the nest tree and, after a few minutes, flew and hopped to the nest.           An adult came in and offered the young one a locust.  The 
young kite took the locust and hopped into the nest where the locust was dismembered and 
eaten.  This was an interesting bit of behavior too, since kites are usually fed on the wing after
fledging per literature and pers. obs. 

This becomes the third site for Mississippi Kite nesting in the Joplin area.  This latest location is
0.2 miles east of the junction of Joplin St. and Briarbrook Ln., then about 800 feet walk south
on to the golf course via a vacant lot.  First nest site for Jasper County.  The other two sites
were in Joplin, Newton county.  

Good birding,  Larry H.  Joplin MO.  Lawrence Herbert  [log in to unmask]  
  

__________________________________________________
*        Audubon Society of Missouri's           *
*         Wild Bird Discussion Forum             *
*------------------------------------------------*
* To unsubscribe send the message                *
*    SIGNOFF MOBIRDS-L                           *
* to [log in to unmask]                    *
* To subscribe send the message                  *
* SUBSCRIBE MOBIRDS-L your name                  *
* to [log in to unmask]                    *
*------------------------------------------------*
* To access the list archives from July 2002 on: *
* http://po.missouri.edu/archives/mobirds-l.html *
*                                                *
* To access the Audubon Society of Missouri Web  *
* Site:  http://www.mobirds.org                  *
##################################################