Thursday, 14 January 2010

Well, Snow Watch showed 500 plus red kites feeding at Gigrin, yesterday evening, and the web site again lit up with visits from all over the world. 

However, what was not shown was our visiting Black Kite, which was a surprise as their camera man had the bird in shot on Monday.

Steve Little provide me with the image on the left - the Black kite taking its prize from our snow laden feeding area.

Snow brings its own problems when feeding these birds as the depth means both that the meat would sink out of sight and the kites legs would not reach the floor which means any birds landing would have great difficulty in getting airborn again.

 So, the container, which is attached to the tractor, is used to squeeze down the snow in areas on which the meat is to be spread. This allows the meat to scatter across the surface from where it is easily picked up, and any kites that land are also supported.

A slow thaw is in progress but we still have a great deal of snow so 4x4s are still the only vehicles that can come up to the farm. The main roads are clear but if you intend visiting in the near future Brynafon Country House offers its large car park to those with more fuel efficient cars.
This page will be kept up to date with the road conditions.

1 comment:

  1. Wish I could come home to see this bird with my own eyes and am a bit surprised that snow watch didn't show him/her. Hope the black kite hasn't moved away by the time the thaw comes! Fantastic photos posted both on your website plus other birders websites so I know I will recognise it when I see it!