Daylight-hours are lengthening and many birds can be heard practising their Spring songs. Red Kites were reported back at their nests at the beginning of March, no doubt intent on some refurbishment prior to settling into a new breeding season. However, not all established pairs will stick with the previously used nest, sometimes getting more ambitious as though they had learned from their previous experience. We hope that the two pairs which lost their nests in the storms in 2015 have consulted the manual in the meantime and will make a rather better job in their efforts this season. Stick-carrying is the first sign of nest construction, culminating in the addition of the lining material. Ideally this would be sheeps' wool but, unfortunately, plastic materials often find their way onto the nest, occasionally with dire consequences. Plastic can form a waterproof membrane in the nest, causing pooling of water and failure of eggs or death of the young.
Pair of Red Kites in pre-breeding season bonding display AND a Red KIte carrying wool (Mick Booth)
We are particularly interested in sightings of pairs in new locations, particularly where this indicates a widening geographical spread of the population. Please let us know if you suspect that this is happening – the information will be treated confidentially.
They can be reported through the 'Contact us' section of the website.
If you are fortunate enough to know of any Red Kite activity, please use our ‘Contact Us’ page to let us know. It is possible that we may not already be aware of it. We are particularly interested to hear if you have not seen kites in that area previously. Such information assists us in our monitoring work and would be treated confidentially.