3rd July First Adult Kite of the Autumn
Today we trapped our first adult Kite of the atumn.
Final Kite wing tagged 26th June
We wing tagged the final Kite for this year from a nest. A bonus brood of 3 Buzzards were also ringed.
Red Kite ringing evening in Hertfordshire 13th June
A trip out this evening to do 3 broods of Red Kite resulted in another 7 birds wing tagged along with some bonus Buzzards.
The Southern Colour Ringing Group rings Red Kite and Buzzard 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. Currently we are fitting Yellow tags with Black letters to Kites and Black tags with White letters to Buzzards.