Monday, 22 December 2008

Red kite feeding

I've added a couple of pages containing movies of the kite feeding .The birds actions are quite different to those seen in the summer. Adobe Flash seems to be universal and I'm able to compress the movies to a better size than any of the other formats so there will be more appearing on the site in future.

Our kite food problems have been sorted out with 3 different suppliers now providing the necessary weights of meat required to carry across the holiday period. With anything upto 400 red kites coming for lunch it was of paramount importance not to be in danger of running out over the holiday..

We will be Closed on Christmas Day but, that aside, are open on every day of the year.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Sunshine and red kites

Sunshine and red kites make for a heady mix anyway but when individuals choose to land next to where I'm putting out the food it still surprises me enough to pause and stare. 2 kites have been bold enough to come close and feed - one is tagged, and the other (pictured here) is not. 

The meat locker has now a better look about it since my last post as three deliveries have been made this week. Tomorrow is 'Meat Cutting Day' and is when I'll discover just how many days worth I have in store. Progress, in building up a stock to cover the Christmas/New Year break, is slow, with just one day extra put aside so far this week. We need at least 14 days worth to cover the holiday period..

Temperatures have been hitting -7C over night so the ground is too hard for the kites to take worms etc. so numbers of birds visiting continues to rise.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Sky filled with red kites

We have been feeding these beautiful birds for 16 years now, but today, I still found myself in awe as the sky filled with red kites and they dived on mass for the food just a very few yards from where I was still putting it out.

Snow on the hills and frost on the trees made for a wintery scene so hundreds of hungry kites had headed for Gigrin!

Meat supplies are once again a headache - Supplies are just keeping up with the daily feed but we need to build up a surplus before the Christmas shut down.. To that end we are in talks with a 3rd supplier and hope to have something concrete sorted out in the next week or so.