Red Kite Brood - 7th June
Our second brood of Kites one bird was runt so not big enough to take a wing tag but was able to be metal ringed we returned on 16th June to fit the wing tag.
Red Kite Brood - 30 May 2020
Our earliest Brood of Red Kites ringed on 30th May.
11th August - Best Kite Day Ever
Thanks to the wind and the cancellation of the Walthamstow Wetlands Wildlife Fair I decided to put a couple of spring traps out in the field this morning. The reward was three Red Kites by 9am. All juvenile birds all three were wing tagged before wing measurements and weights were taken then released.
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.
2017 year totals
2018 year totals
2019 year totals
2020 year totals