Kettle of Kites

August 29, 2016

When I first heard a flock of migrating hawks being referred to as a "kettle", I laughed a bit at the visual of wide-winged raptors catching the upward steam puffs emanating from the spout of a teapot. (Little did I know -- but this was fairly accurate to how the term was created.) As I was heading out for my evening jog, I noticed a kettle of hundreds of migrating Mississippi Kites circling, soaring and tumbling overhead. Catching their sunset snacks of dragonflies high above.

This one caught a dragonfly mid-flight. 🍴

I know they are among the first migrators  in the fall... heading back to South America... but it is a nice reminder that autumn is on the way!

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