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Red Kites

Observed: 4th December 2012 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

What caused this feeding frenzy? BREAD! I took a bag full of crusts up to the playing field for the gulls I'd seen recently while walking my dog. Imagine my surprise when at least 8 Red Kites jostled for this meagre meal!

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PaulChallinor's picture

Kites are prime scavengers as well as hunters.

With the recent cold spell making access to "wild" food they go for anything. Though not too sure how much nutritional value they get from bread, if anything. Perhaps oime one might know more.

jhn7's picture

I thought they only went for meat.

I have fed them raw chicken drumsticks (RSPB advise leaving bone in) when the weather is cold (from my garden). I've marvelled at the Kites' speed and ability to pick them up with scarcely a pause and certainly before I can click the shutter on my camera. I've been to Gilgrin Farm in Wales and seen the stunning behaviour there. I've rarely seen birds on the ground though and was mesmerized this morning.

Janet
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