Quite a sight today at Riverside Golf Course in Fenton.  Near the end of the 8th hole there is a large pond.  This morning a Mississippi Kite was feeding over it and being harassed for about 10 minutes by a pair of Eastern Kingbirds the way small birds often go after raptors.   The Kite refused to leave the area and kept swinging back over the pond to feed.  Once in a while one of the Kingbirds would leave to feed over the pond as well, but then would soon return to bother the Kite.  When we moved on the Kite was still present and the Kingbirds might have given up.

Not sure if this was two Kingbirds protecting their nest from what they perceived as a raptor that could eat their young or whether it was a fight over a feeding territory.


John Solodar
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