I can’t really remember how old I was at the time. I’m guessing around 13 or 14. I was walking towards the neighborhood school yard bouncing the basketball that was intended for making hoops at the school playground. As I approached one of the trees that lined the street between the sidewalk and front yards I noticed that a bird was flitting about it under the lower branches.
Something seemed wrong or unnatural about it’s flight patterns. My first thought was that the bird was just attending it’s nest but soon that didn’t make sense as the bird flew back out from the branches, flied quite erratically and then right back in. As I moved closer the bird flew back out again but this time landed on the parkway. It seemed exhausted from whatever activity it was involved in. As I got closer I realized what was going on. Wrapped around the bird and tied up somewhere in the branches of the tree was kite string.