Sunday, 4 January 2009

Staggering numbers

Red Kites coming to feed have reached staggering numbers this past week with something approaching 500 on the coldest days (-4 during the day!).

The usual Red tractor has been out of commission so our much larger Blue Machine is currently carrying out the meat - the kites are far more wary of this and wait for me to get at least to the other side of the field before descending to take food.

Its this time of year that the kites really need this facility and because we feed anything between 250kg and 450kgs per week the kites each have a good chance of picking up food for themselves. Were we to take out only a small bucketful of meat the birds would use up far more energy trying to rob each other than any that would be derived should a bird be lucky enough to take some food.

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