Our thanks to everyone who has sent their red kite sightings to the ‘Contact Us’ section of our website. Please keep them coming!
With the 2017 breeding season now over, the eighteenth since the start of the release programme at Harewood in 1999, we have compiled our records and have published our Newsletter 19 that can be downloaded by clicking here.
As the year moves in to autumn it signals the start for red kites to come together in late afternoon for what is known as a ‘communal roost’. We’re aware of several roost sites but would welcome any information should anyone come across a roost that can contain high double numbers of kites.
When the grip of winter arrives it brings the problem of prey for red kites so keep your eyes on any ploughing activity that the birds like to follow, foraging for whatever turns up. Road kill carrion is another important source of prey.
Before we know it, spring will arrive and with it the bird breeding season and this is where we would appreciate your help as there are many potentially suitable woodlands where there may be additional breeding pairs that we aren’t aware of.
Late spring/early summer is possibly the quietest time for seeing red kites as they are busy raising any young. Once both the adults and young are ‘fed up’ there is generally very little activity of birds out on the wing.
Please keep sending sightings to our 'Contact us' section. This is invaluable to our work, but if there's a delay in us responding it's because we're busy out 'in the field'.
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.