Red Kites

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Living in Warwickshire, Red Kites are becoming more common (apparently there are 3 or 4 prs breeding in the County) & we do see them over the village fairly regularly but they are always a delight to see. I saw on the internet that there was a winter roost the other side of town so Friday afternoon we went. We were there between 3 & 4.30pm & saw no less than 50 Kites come into roost!!! Just a small copse off the main road. Fantastic sight, we would have stayed longer but we were frozen!! The hand warmers we bought the week before were at home!!!!!
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Wow, how magnificent.
We have two who fly over and around the house and field. So beautiful
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Lucky you watching 50.
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Gosh what a lot !!

Funny thing is it's been the World's most successful Bird Conservation and many people now are finding them a nuisance !!
I think a lot has been to do with people feeding them in their back gardens, Reading appears to be a favourite place.

Then there was the case of them apparently attacking children in a playing field ??

However, magnificent birds. I've only ever seen 3 and of those only one around here.
They fly up to 50 miles for food apparently.
My Niece has them sitting on her back fence in Twyford now and again.

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It was funny, while we were stood watching them several people stopped & asked what we were looking at. A couple originally from Australia & have travelled extensively chatted for ages & were amazed to see them. Then we had locals in their big cars asking us & then just saying "oh ok" & driving on but there was one chap in his big shiny Range Rover who didn't care that there were cars behind him & said he didn't like the Kites because he has 'lots of Buzzards' on his land & didn't want the Kites to upset them!!! My husband explained to him about their feeding habits (still whilst there were cars behind him!!!) & when he was satisfied he thanked us very much & drove off!!!!!! Nowt as queer as folk!!!!!!!
If you do end up going to Scotland Richard, the Black Isle area did a re-introduction of Kites & they are doing quite well there now, so eyes peeled around Inverness area & north. There is also a Red Kite feeding station at Tollie.
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Thank you for info.

I went to Tolly when passing by there twice, no one there except me, or any Kites !!
I was amazed to see the RSPB had the doors open and you could just walk round the Centre.

Next time I must look out for feeding times etc. I'd imagine they probably liaise them with School Trips etc.

Third time lucky !

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The kites know what time they get fed (remind you of any others ...cluck)
A college friend lives in Galloway (Gatehouse of Fleet), and she took me to. Spectacular. They gather early and wait.
We also saw Ospreys nesting at Threave castle.
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Looks interesting Mo. I just google mapped it and looks like there's some good wetland spots very close by.

I've seen an Osprey from a distance at Arne in Dorset and they occasionally pass over here on their migration.
One was seen above Sainsbury's Car Park in Ashford last year !

Another one for me to have a closer look at !

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