A Bird Amid the Smoke, 09-08-20

I was hoping the high winds we were having would blow out the smoke from the wildfires in the surrounding areas. But instead of doing that, it blew it all into the valley and we were pretty socked in. It looks like dusk all day.

Smoke seen from my back yard

When I went outside to take a photo of the densest smoke to the east of us I noticed a white figure in the top of one of the trees. It was a White-Tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus! Such an unexpected, beautiful sighting.

White Tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus