Newsletter (13) added 15th Dec 2011
Newsletter – Issue (13)
How time has flown, it being more than 12 years since the reintroduction of Red Kites into Yorkshire began. From this edition, the Newsletter is being produced in a briefer format. Detailed information about the birds and the Project is available on the above website, where there is also a facility for reporting sightings and other information.
Breeding in 2011
Established sites. Monitoring in 2011 began with checks of the 77 sites at which kites had bred in 2010. In 22 instances the territories were found to be either unoccupied (18) or birds were present but not breeding (4). Three of the 2010 breeding birds were known to be dead (accident – 2, rat poison – 1) and in three other instances the nests had been lost due to tree thinning and clear-felling after the end of the last breeding season. For the most part it was not possible to tell what had caused the absence of missing birds or at what point in the period of 8-9 months between breeding seasons this had occurred.