The Country Diary of a GenX Woman

Black Shouldered Kite

black shouldered kiteBeautiful pale grey hawk are the first four words in the Field Guide description of the Black Shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris, and they are correct.  It has a pure white head, body and tail with the most gorgeous eyes that look they have been outlined with black kohl eyeliner.  I was even happier to read that it is a specialist predator of rodents, which it hunts by hovering above open land.

According to Wikipedia: Adults can take two or three mice a day, and on one occasion a male was observed bringing no less than 14 mice to a nest of well-advanced fledglings within an hour.  It sometimes looks like a seagull as it glides on upswept wings and when it hovers its yellow feet dangle down.20130609 048

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