Garden Wildlife – Part 15 Red kites

We have a number of Red kites on my local patch but when the fields are being ploughed like they have been over the past few days lots of red kites come in from miles around.

Today, like yesterday we’ve been watching over 20 red kites and a similar number of buzzards circling overhead as well as sitting in the field where the tractor has been.

Red Kites were reintroduced into England after becoming locally extinct.

On the wing, they are easily recognisable by their forked tail. Closer up, they have a grey head and piercing eyes.

Red kites mainly eat dead animals as their talons aren’t strong enough to kill large prey, but they will take small mammals and chicks.

The ones in the ploughed field will be looking for worms that the plough has turned over.

I’ve heard that a few Red kites are turning up in rescue centres hungry as there isn’t as much roadkill on the roads with the current restrictions.

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I took this photo earlier in the year

Red Kite


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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2 Responses to Garden Wildlife – Part 15 Red kites

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  2. What a beautiful bird, Alex! Nice they have learned to capitalize on the farmers’ activity. That is interesting about the drop in roadkill—I’ve not seen that mentioned here in South Carolina (south east US). We have a population of Turkey and Black Vultures that I suspect might be similarly suffering as the traffic is definitely reduced.

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