silhouetted on blue sky,
shrill cries overhead.
Kites nest in the tall pine trees
along slow-flowing canals .
Copyright© 2021 by Cheryl Batavia
A flock of five loudly shrieking swallow-tailed kites flew by as I was sitting on the front porch one morning last week. Kites live in wetlands and along rivers and canals in the Southeastern US and Central and South America. They feed on lizards and other small reptiles. We live between two canals and there are vacant wooded lots with many pine trees across the street. I have seen individual kites there many times, but a flock of them flying by was a very exciting experience!