[TN-Bird] 7 Mississippi Kites, Henry County

  • From: Shawna Ellis <yodergoat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Tn Bird List <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:29:14 -0500

about 9:00 am
Henry County

A family we know who has had Mississippi Kites regularly at their home
this year and last year called yesterday to say that they had SEVEN
kites in their yard. Six birds were in one tree and one was in
another. I drove out to the location, but some of the birds had left
and there were only 4 still present. I did, however, see photos from
my friend of six birds in the tree at one time, and they pointed out
where the other bird had been perched.

My own photos were quite bad, as the birds were backlit and in
terrible light. The included photo shows two of the three birds which
were in one dead tree.

These birds are not very skittish and remain perched in the tree for
long periods when they are there, so might be good subjects for
photography in good lighting. My friends have said that if anyone
wishes to come and photograph the birds, they may do so. They live in
a subdivision with a large cul de sac and the dead tree where the
birds usually perch is quite near the cul de sac, so one could
photograph them from their vehicle without even getting on the
homeowners' property or disturbing traffic flow. I took photos in bad
light with a very basic 300 millimeter lens, so a longer lens and good
lighting could render some great photos.

 Of course one never knows when the birds will be there, but if you
are interested in giving it a try just email me and I will give
specific directions to the home, and can perhaps check with the owner
to see if the birds are present at that time. It could potentially be
very hit and miss. Two birds were present at about 12:30 today but
left shortly after the owners came home, and we were visiting there
for a few hours afterward and the birds did not return during that
time. So who knows when they may reappear? The general location of the
home is in the Stonebrook subdivision off of Country Club Road, which
is off of Highway 79 North just outside of Paris.

It is wonderful to see these birds so consistently in Henry County!

Shawna Ellis
Paris, Henry County

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