We're at the end of the 2015 Red Kite breeding season – the sixteenth since releases began at Harewood in 1999.
Plumage of Red Kites seen at this time of year can vary enormously with some still looking 'tatty'. These will be adult birds that may be still in their annual moult. Conversely, birds in pristine condition are likely to be this year's juveniles which by this stage are virtually the same size as their parents.
As we thought, despite the poor weather early in the season including the high winds which are known to have brought down two active nests, it has been a successful year for Yorkshire kites. Please follow the link 2015 Breeding Season to see further information.
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.