Thursday, August 4, 2011

Helping Fly a Mississippi Kite

Oklahoma has been having a terrible drought problem this summer, and the triple digit temperatures are setting records. It's not even fun to go outside anymore because it makes us pant so hard. And you know when I'm not digging a hole or roaming the farm, it's a serious matter. All we can do is sit inside and enjoy the air conditioning. That's what I was doing when I happened to hear a car and looked out the window. Wouldn't you know it, a police officer was walking up to the front door. Well sir, I can tell you that had me worried and I was trying to think what in the world I had done this time that they were sending backup to our house when Mom met him at the door.

The officer was carrying something small and fluffy in his hat. I was all for eating it on the spot, but My Girl made a nest out of towels and a cardboard box and then put that puff-ball in there. The officer said he didn't know what it was but he saw it sitting on the side of the road looking all lost and forlorn, so he picked it up and brought it straight over.

I said I thought it was an iggle, our national bird. There are a few iggle nests around these parts. Whew, good thing I didn't eat it, huh? Mom said it was a very odd bird and that it was something she didn't feel all that confident taking care of, so we called a friend who works for the Oklahoma State Department of Wildlife. He came and took this little bird home with him and did some research. It is a Mississippi kite, a small bird of prey. Kites nest during the hottest part of the summer and this has been a very bad year for them. They are jumping out of their nests in record numbers trying to find relief from the extreme heat or else they will die in their nests. Poor babies! Most wildlife rehab workers for the state take in about 10 orphan kites a year, but they are now taking in about 10 A DAY! One place has over 60 babies kites they are feeding. So now I'm really glad I didn't gobble it up, it was having a hard enough time just surviving. Happily, Little Puff is thriving today and should be able to migrate to South America this fall with the rest of the kite families. I hope he thinks about us down there this winter, and remembers fondly how we helped him on his way. And that I didn't eat him.


Gus said...

We are glad you didn't eat the baby bird. Teka would not have shown as much restraint. Hope it has a safe flight south.


Molly the Airedale said...

What a cute little guy he is! We're glad he wasn't lunch for you, Tell!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Rudy said...

Oh wow, what a fun life you lead Tell. You get to see and meet so many strange creatures. So happy you behaved and didn't have a taste of the little fella. That is pretty sad that they are jumping out of the heat :(


Bobby said...

Wow so hot, we moan about the weather, today was quite cold and it rained like a flood.
We love the little Kite we hope he is okay, and all the others
Licks Wet Bobby.

TwoSpecialWires said...

That little bird. And that police officer. And you and your family were all at the right place at the right time. We're glad that the little kite is in a safe place now ... and we'll be wishing for all the right conditions for him and all the others who are struggling right now.

Appreciatively, and so respectfully (good for you for not tasting him)
jake and Fergi

The Thuglets said...

We hope you little bird is still doing well. What a nice police officer to save him.

we are moaning about cold weather and rain..poor you in all that heat. Make sure you stay coola dn safe.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Unknown said...

We're glad he wasn't lunch for you, Tell!. Challenge coins