Ulysses, KS

mourning doveWe were visiting family in Ulysses, KS, the past week. The town is swarming with doves. This Mourning Dove was sitting on a nest over my mother-in-law’s driveway.

mourning dove nestlingsThis nest with two young Mourning Doves was about 20 feet away from the nest pictured above.

eurasian collared 1Eurasian Collared-Doves are now much more common than Mourning Doves in town.

kitingAfter the two species of doves, the most conspicuous birds in Ulysses are Mississippi Kites. They are constantly flying over town, hunting dragonflies and cicadas.

miss. kite 2 Here is a rare look at a Mississippi Kite sitting still in the open.

red-headed 1It has been a good summer for Red-headed Woodpeckers. I saw several families with young (note the young bird below and to the right of the adult above).

red-headed 2This is surely the most beautiful woodpecker in North America.

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2 Responses to Ulysses, KS

  1. Michele says:

    This spring I saw a MoDo nest for the first time. It was in a driveway on my street in a conifer about 3 feet from the road. I never saw young and wonder if the nest got disturbed. Must be their preferred location? Yes, those woodpeckers are gorgeous!

  2. jen says:

    Wow! Kansas is looking pretty good from here! Mississippi Kites and Red-headed Woodpeckers? Awesome shots. My friend down in Oakland had MODO’s nest in his potted tomato plant this spring. He was not impressed with this but I found it pretty hilarious.

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