We're often asked how long red kites live for, so here's one 'grand old lady' who is still going strong and is now locally quite famous. Pictured recently she is Orange/Red7, a female tagged by Project Leader and now head of Yorkshire Red Kites, Doug Simpson MBE. This makes her one of the oldest Yorkshire birds we can currently identify.
She was raised in a nest at Harewood in 2003 by the pair which had raised the first Yorkshire bred young kites for more than a century in 2000. She was tagged on 07/06/03 and was not recorded again until located in East Yorkshire on 11/03/05. She was in the company of Orange/Red 23, a bird of Chilterns origin which had formed part of the last Yorkshire release in 2003, he having been released at Harewood on 04/07/03. He had been fitted with a transmitter which enabled him to be tracked down to his chosen East Yorkshire location.
She has successfully bred each year since, though her current mate is untagged – we having lost track of O/R23. Having raised 2 young in the last breeding season, O/R7 has now produced in excess of 20 youngsters. Some record!
We should add that up to 2006 some Yorkshire kites at known nest sites had wing tags and also leg rings fitted at the same time, so that if and when birds are unfortunately found injured or sadly dead, importantly YRK are still able to identify them by the ring number. So it's always important to report injured or dead Red Kites.
We'd like to encourage kite watchers to look out for O/R7 and let us know via our 'Contact Us' section on the website where and when she was seen.
We would also appreciate any other sightings of tagged kites that are seen in East Yorkshire.
Tagged kites previously seen in East Yorkshire include:
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 breeding season now well over we can confirm that for the first time we can account for over 100 breeding pairs in Yorkshire. However, we're confident there will be additional pairs that we aren't aware of especially in the vast potentially suitable woodlands of East Yorkshire.
For the very latest updates, please have a look at the 'News' section where the 2014 Newsletter and East Yorkshire Bulletin can be found to be read or downloaded.
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.