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Wetlands Park gets unexpected guest

A Mississippi kite perched on a tree at the Las Vegas Wash.

Most of us try to leave town when temperatures reach the triple digits, but the Clark County Wetlands Park had an unexpected guest show up this summer - a Mississippi kite.

One of the smaller birds of prey, the Mississippi kite's range often limits them to the southeast part of the country.

It was first spotted by birders on July 1 and has stuck around into August, hanging out in tall trees and feeding off of large insects, small birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

While we don’t know what brought the bird to the Wetlands Park, it quickly became a popular attraction for bird-watching enthusiasts and other members of the public.

Learn more about birds at the Wash >>

Las Vegas Wash Project Coordination Team • 100 City Parkway, Suite 700 • Las Vegas, NV 89106 • (702) 822-3300