Southern Colour Ringing Group

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Red Kite ringed 2018 August 006 copy  Red Kite ringed 2018 August 005 copy

Two Red Kites today one new bird (wing tagged 4F) and one retrap bird (1F) which was one of the pulli ringed back in June. Great to prove fledging from one of our nests. Thanks to Shaun Harvey for the photos

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 1 1

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First wing tagged Kites for the project

A good weekend with six nests climbed by our excellent climber Richard Fenna who was fantastic getting to the nests to enable us to ring six Buzzards and four Red Kites this year. We wing tagged our first Red Kites with all four receiving yellow wing tags which we hope will generate some more sightings as these birds fledge and disperse. Thanks to all the team and people who turned out over the weekend and supported the efforts to enable us to ring a good sample of birds from the nests found. Only one nest could not be reached due to a partially dead trunk which we were not happy with so we decided to abort the climb on safety grounds. Never the less an excellent total of six Buzzards and four Red Kites marked this weekend. 

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Young Buzzard

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 4 4
Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 2 0

Methods

The Southern Colour Ringing Group rings Red Kite pulli (young in the nest) and traps full grown birds using large spring traps baited with carrion at a site in North Hertfordshire.

Nests are climbed up to by a contract climber and young removed to ring. We also fit coloured wing tags with various year codes allocated to us by the national co-ordinator which allows the birds to be relocated without needing to be recaptured. There are many more bird-watchers looking for colour-marked birds, so this greatly improves our chances of understanding the movements of the birds we are studying.

If you see a bird with one of our wing tags, please send details (ring-code, date, location, species) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ringing totals

2016 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 7 0

2017 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 2 0

2018 year totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 5 5

Grand totals

Species Ringed Colour ringed
Red Kite 14 5

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