Since I live in a family of impassioned bird watchers, the 'Mississippi Kites of Durham' have been a big topic of discussion lately. This WMUR-TV report by Jennifer Crompton has a remarkable 'small world' element that UNH Football fans will also enjoy.

If you look at the population map of the Mississippi Kite, you will see how rare it is for this species to be seen North of the Carolinas, LET ALONE nesting here in NH.

It's amazing that three separate NH cities have had Kite sightings all this year, proving that this is a species of raptor with exquisite taste in geography.

It wasn't until the conclusion of the WMUR report from the video above that I learned that this Kite couple were nesting in trees at UNH Head Football Coach Sean McDonnell's home.

They always say that all publicity is good publicity!

Coach McDonnell's UNH Wildcats will be opening their season next Thursday in Orono taking on their arch-rivals The UMaine Black Bears.

The schedule for 'The Mississippi Kites' is far less predictable, however, they will be heading South for the Winter, with a larger roster than when they first flew into Durham.