We're now well into the breeding season. The first chicks are due anytime – their arrival usually accompanied by poor weather conditions such as have recently been experienced. It is hoped that their nests are secure and do not contain too much plastic – collected by the birds as nesting material. It can cause rain to collect in the nest and have an adverse effect on the eggs or young.
We already know of several new nests – though this is countered by a number of pairs which bred in 2014 being absent from their territories. This happens every year, it only being possible to closely monitor the birds' presence and progress during the breeding season. Sometimes they've moved to different locations, though we can be less sure of this these days when only a small number of them still have their identifying wing-tags. It is usually the case that we find further new nests as the breeding season progresses, either in the course of our monitoring or through following up information received from interested observers
Reports received on the website suggest that birds are roaming far and wide, whether searching for food or maybe looking for a suitable place to set up a territory. Single birds have been known to do this at least a year in advance of finding a mate and settling down to breed. A classic example of this was when Pink/Yellow 1 settled in North Yorkshire not long after being released near Gateshead in 2004. By 2006 he had found a mate and they bred successfully, raising two young. It would greatly assist our monitoring of the progress of the birds if you would let us know of either single birds or pairs which start to regularly frequent a particular area. Such reports can be submitted through the 'Contact us' section of this website.
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.