Kite Attack

Kite Attack


Mississippi Kites are active now, and that
can spell trouble for Kansas golfers and hikers who approach their nest sites. Kites commonly
nests in city parks and golf courses, and they often swoop at passers-by to warn them
away from their young. Kites are large gray raptors that are beautiful to watch as they
swoop and dive catching and eating insects on the wing.
Their remarkable red eyes make them distinctively handsome, and few birds are as graceful in
the air. They live in Kansas only from May through September and migrate into central
South America during the winter. Kites nest in Kansas during June and July, and young
are now in the nests. Adult kites are busy feeding young, but they’ll swoop at you
if you happen near their nest trees. These attacks are seldom as scary as they seem.
The birds rarely make contact though their dives are convincing. Usually the birds veer
off or stay away if you keep eye contact with them. However, if you’re not watching, they
like to swoop from behind. I had to look hard this week to find a kite
that would dive at me face on. He made three passes, always pulling up a few feet above
my head. That’s what you can expect if you stroll near a kite nest. You can stay clear,
or ignore the bluff and enjoy the show. It’s all part of a Kansas summer.
I’m Mike Blair for Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

4 comments

  • LastCast

    Interesting 🙂

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  • Nici Nelson

    BS, NO THEY ARE NOT lol…….a friend of mine gets attacked when she runs in the morning. Scary!!!!!!!!!

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  • L ookout

    These vicious birds have taken over my yard and they WILL make contact, Mr. kdwpinfo!!! They hit me once and it wasn't so bad. Yesterday, they knocked the hell out of my head AND dug claws into my skull as well. Almost time to take re-ownership of my front yard again because this is NOT charming!

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  • Meli Isabel

    I was on my way to work yesterday and 4 of them swooped down at the same time. Im 16 years old and a runner but I could not out run these I had to knock on a random persons house and ask if they could give me a ride to work. Of course they understood but now I have to take the long way to work. I hope they leave A.S.A.P! I have a fear of birds now…

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