Our Mississippi Kite across our
Joplin residential street
is RTF now. Just
one. They usually raise two (1 to 3 per lit.).
30 days, both incubate, and 30 +
days to fledge.
They'll feed on the wing for a
while after fledging.
MIKI were common in southwestern
Kansas in the early 80's
when we lived out there.
They often dived at people. The trees
were not so tall there, so,
perhaps we were in their space.
Ours, at 50 ft, up is like the
3rd floor - no diving at hikers/bikers.
Golfers out west used to
complain about their game being off on
account of diving MIKI's.
I have always been surprised
that they don't come down to the
ground on account of so many
locusts (grasshoppers) to forage on.
They do their thing just
fine up above. Awesome critters.
They'll winter in central South
America per lit. They migrate
Mexico and not over the
Gulf. I saw MIKI when I was just a young
man in Panama, Central
I have heard of several
sightings here in extreme sw. MO. this season.
They have become very regular in
the last few years. Another species
that has expanded their range
while others have declined.
Larry Herbert, Joplin,
Jasper Co., MO. certhia ATatt.net