There were two Mississippi Kites soaring overhead today. They stayed pretty high in the sky and didn’t come as close as I would have liked, but I did manage some photos. These are cropped a lot because of the distance.


With a wingspan of about 30 inches, the Mississippi Kite is smaller than the Swallow-tailed Kite which has a wingspan of around 50 inches. It’s a gray bird, with darker outer wings and tail and a lighter head. It has a small black patch by its eye.


I enjoyed watching them soar and turn in the air today–I just wish that they’d been closer, that there was more sun, and that I’d taken better pictures.


These orange-red trumpet flowers grow on vines on my fences. The vines can quickly take over so I often cut them back. But today I just enjoyed the flowers.


That shade of red is perfect with the blue of the sky and the green of the trees.


One more of the trumpet flowers.


A bird came along that appreciated the trumpet flowers too–a tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird. I was on the other side of the backyard when I spotted it, and I tried a few photos from that distance. Another close crop on this photo.