Thursday, 22 April 2010

:Northern Ireland red kite reintroduction update

In 2008 RSPB Northern Ireland began the country’s first ever species reintroduction.
 The three year project aims to bring back about 70 red kites, a bird of global
conservation concern, to Northern Ireland having been extinct here for over 200 years.

 A big thanks goes to everyone who signed our Birds of Prey campaign to
stop the illegal killing of our raptors. In total, 210,567 pledges were gathered from across the
UK and further afield in the RSPB’s biggest ever campaign to date.

Northern Ireland Red Kites is the first species reintroduction in Northern
Ireland and part of an All-Ireland project to bring back these wonderful
birds to our shores. Project partners are the Welsh Kite Trust, the Golden
Eagle Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Red kite - Rutland to Cornwall!

David Flumm, of the Marazion Marsh RSPB Nature Reserve wrote to me to report:

 "On 13 April 2010 a Red Kite flew east 13:50 - 14:05 hrs over our reserve at Marazion Marsh RSPB Nature Reserve, Cornwall

It showed a bright white wing tag on the left wing and a duller one on the right wing.

 From your web site it is clearly from the Rutland area but I am not absolutely sure of the tag colour on the right wing so its year of birth remains in question."

So, these colourful raptors are certainly covering the ground these days..

We are currently seeing about 200 coming in for food and the sunshine continues to show off their wonderful colours.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Red kite heads back from Ireland!

Tim Davis, the (voluntary) bird recorder for Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, off the North Devon or South Wales coast depending on where you’re looking from, emailed me with the Red Kite pictured on the left.

It had been present on Lundy since 13 March, up to and including 23 March, at least. Red Kites remain an extreme rarity on Lundy (it being a small lump of granite in the middle of the sea!

The email was duly sent to Robert Straughan
Red Kite Project Officer of  RSPB Northern Ireland as the tag colour looked similar to those used there but turned out to be one of the kites that left Gigrin rehabilitation aviaries as a chick and entered the Republic of Ireland red kite reintroduction programme 3 years ago!