Dozens of Mississippi Kites were recently spotted congregating in the blue skies over Kingstree. The predatory bird is easily identified by its light gray head and body and its narrow darker gray wings. The Mississippi Kite migrates into the United States in spring through South Texas and then spread over the Southeast. Although the Mississippi Kite passes through South Texas in late March and early April, they don’t reach eastern South Carolina until late April and very early May. This flock flying over a field near Swamp Fox Golf Course consisted of at least 14 birds. It is not uncommon to see them circling in the air or performing aerial shenanigans while capturing insects in flight.