|Photo from flickr.com|
I love the way the seasons come around, even in Florida where we don't have the obvious markers of blazing fall color, first snowfall, ice out, and so on.
Late July and early August mean the swallow-tailed kites are gathering nearby. Usually they're quite solitary birds. If I'm lucky enough to see one at all, it's a solo or maybe a pair.
What a treat it is to know these days they're roosting together at night, eating as much as they can during the day, and preparing to fly to South America for the winter.
The trick is knowing where they roost so you can be nearby early in the morning to see them take their first flight, before heading off in ones and twos for the day's hunting.
Remember, you almost always only see one or two at a time. Fix that in your mind.
Then imagine this joy.