Is a”a kettle of kites” a thing?  On the way home from downtown Cape Girardeau farmers’ market this morning, we counted 17 Mississippi Kites soaring together fairly high above the little bluff that’s immediately west of the casino.  I’m thinking they were feeding rather than riding thermals, so I’d say they can’t properly be called a “kettle,” but visually it was much the same.  And “our” fledgling was at home when we got there, so that’s 18 kites in town, at least.  (“Ours” is currently distinguishable by its attitude of “Aim for the tree, aim for the tree, aim for the tree,” after which it lands on the tippy-top branches that can’t bear its weight, and then immediately flies off again.  This one seems to be a slow learner.)
Ida Domazlicky
Cape Girardeau County

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