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Red Kite, Tagged

Observed: 14th October 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Red Kite, tagged, Whitwell-Stagenhoe, 2012-10-14 002a
Description:

This rather poor phot shows a Red Kite with tags on the leading edge of its wings. I saw perhaps half a dozen of them in the area, but this was the only one tagged in this way.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Mark at Magdalen's picture

Did you note the colours?

Did you note the colours? Looks like both are white which would mean its a Rutland bird tagged in 2002. Have a look at http://gigrin.co.uk/redkitetags-explained.html.

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Colours

Nope - I didn't notice it was tagged until I got the pictures home. I've got lots more to look at still, so if I find I can make out colours I'll let you know. At the moment I'm thinking this is the only one I saw that was tagged.

Regards

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Colours

Nope - I didn't notice it was tagged until I got the pictures home. I've got lots more to look at still, so if I find I can make out colours I'll let you know. At the moment I'm thinking this is the only one I saw that was tagged.

Regards

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Tags

I've been back a couple of times, and I haven't seen this tagged bird, nor any others tagged.

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Tags

Interestingly enough Simon, we have about 30 or so birds in my area of North Hampshire and I have never seen a tagged one yet. I can only assume that these are non released birds which must be a very good omen for the spread of these wonderful birds.

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Released Birds

Hi Chris.

As far as I know these are non-released birds. Numbers in this area are increasing; I used to see the odd one or two, and then only occasionally; far more frequent now. This lot were taking advantage of a recently harrowed field to hunt worms or insects, I think. They were landing, poking around, then taking off. THere was the odd buzzard, too. They took very little notice of me. I went to see them again yesterday, and again today. I'm hoping I've got some better pictures. We shall see...

Regards