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« on: Sep 08, 2018 06:55 am »

According to my friend and local bird expert, we have Mississippie Kite's in our neighborhood. Initially, I thought these were falcons but am learning the Kite's belong to the Hawk family.

I remember seeing the nest and months later hearing the babies. Now we have these beautiful whistles early in the morning and through out the day when it's quiet.

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Hawk Totem Meaning
The hawk spirit animal or totem has several attributes and meanings:

Hawk is the messenger of the spirit world
Use the power of focus
Take the lead when the time is right
Power to see, clear vision
Strong connection with spirit, increased spiritual awareness
Hawk spirit animals belong to the realm of bird medicine. It carries the symbolism that comes with the ability to fly and reach the skies.
https://www.spiritanimal.info/hawk-spirit-animal/

And some fun facts about the Mississippie Kite
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One of our most graceful fliers, this kite glides, circles, and swoops in pursuit of large flying insects. Despite the name, it is most common on the southern Great Plains. During recent decades, the planting of trees in shelterbelts and towns has made it possible for this bird to nest in many areas where it was formerly scarce; many towns on the southern plains now have their own nesting colonies of Mississippi Kites.

These are the kind I see

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Diet
Mostly large insects. Major items in diet include cicadas, grasshoppers, katydids, beetles, and dragonflies; also eats moths, bees, and other insects, mainly large ones. In addition, eats lesser numbers of frogs, toads, snakes, bats, rodents, small birds, turtles.


Nesting
Usually nests in loose colonies. Courtship behavior not well known, may involve aerial acrobatics, and posturing while perched. Nest site is in tree, usually near edge of woodlot, usually 20-35' above ground; can be up to 140' high. In oaks or mesquites on plains, may be as low as 6'. Nest (built by both sexes) is rather flimsy platform of dead twigs, lined with green leaves. Adults continue to add greenery to nest during season.
More at,
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/mississippi-kite
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