Wednesday, 14 September 2011

White red kite turns up near Boston (Lincolnshire)

One of the kites we had in for rehabilitation, and returned to the wild, has turned up near Boston, Lincolnshire! Some 280 kilometers.. The search is now on for someone, traveling from Lincolnshire to Wales, to bring the kite back. Its a white kite so likely to be bullied by other birds and this 
may have been part of the story behind its epic journey.

The link below allows you to download the entire Northern Ireland Autumn Newsletter.
The kites, from Wales, appear to be making good progress..

The photograph on the left was taken quite by chance as the kites were sitting close enough for such a shot, unfortunately the kite moved so the complete portrait was missed..

The BBC Countryside Tracks programme went out as expected on Sunday, and was well received. Another BBC programme is penned in for recording at Gigrin in October 2011.

Between 300 and 350 kites were feeding today. These numbers will increase quite quickly as autumn approaches.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Red Kite numbers rise + On BBC 11/09/11

Immature red kite circles the feeding station

Gigrin is due to be featured on Country Tracks ,
BBC 1, 11am, Sunday 11th September.

As autumn gets nearer the number of red kites coming to Gigrin red kite centre is on the rise again.  Between 200 and 300 are now feeding, and come in right on time. 

White Kite eats its spoil

This is in marked contrast to the hottest days in August, when the kites would take to the thermals, and appear in small numbers, up to an hour after the food had been laid out for them.

 All hung on the arrival of crows, as seeing the food eaten by another species was the catalyst for the resumption of normal service.
 On these hot days it was around 5pm before the mass of kites descended.

The White kites are here almost every day and always cause a stir when first seen.

Some of those visiting are this years young and can be seen having to take several attempts to take meat from the field.

We have had 3 red kites and 2 buzzards in for rehabilitation over the last month. These included an immature white red kite.

More images of these birds will be in the next post.