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I am sure I saw a red kite this morning

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OwlLady Tue 04-Dec-12 13:56:03

It was massive. I saw it from the back and it was flying through the woods near my house. I have never seen a bird with a wing span SO big shock I thought it was an owl to begin with...hmm but it's body was too small

could it have been a red kite? I live in Beds

If anyone is bored enough, please advise grin

mistlethrush Tue 04-Dec-12 13:57:16

They appear to have VERY long, quite narrow wings - much narrower but longer than buzzards wings. They also have a very distinctive forked tail which is the real giveaway.

SilverSky Tue 04-Dec-12 13:58:23

They are rife in Bucks. Everywhere! So it's very possible it was one. They are massive.

SilverSky Tue 04-Dec-12 13:58:48

YY to forked tail also.

OwlLady Tue 04-Dec-12 14:03:11

we get lots of buzzards, it just didn't look like a buzzard. But yes, they are massive too! I need to get a bird spotting book i think

(and thank for answering..I needed to share)

GrimAndHumourlessAndEven Tue 04-Dec-12 14:04:24

The underwings are very definite black-and-white near the wingtips

They are NORMOUS birds, heeeee-yuge wingspan. I felt I was in the Andes looking at condors when I saw my first one. Lol

Welsh borders here

Frontpaw Tue 04-Dec-12 14:05:56

Aren't they pretty? We see them in Stirlingshire where go up.

peeriebear Tue 04-Dec-12 14:06:27

They look a bit like they have the circles under the wings like a Spitfire. We have loads of them here (Midlands council estate) smile

CMOTDibbler Tue 04-Dec-12 14:07:18

Quite possibly - they are v common in Oxon, Berks and Bucks now. If you drive down the M40, I've seen up to 50 between Oxford and the M25

OwlLady Tue 04-Dec-12 14:10:49

well I think you are spoilt CMOTDibbler as I have only seen my first one today smile I didn't know they were so commonblush but yes it was very pretty and I felt a bit Andes esque too

arent birds just lovely anyway? I never really understood bird watching until I got a bit older

InExitCelsisDeo Tue 04-Dec-12 14:16:16

Very jealous. Have never seen one.

I did see a Kingfisher the other day though.

<throws hat into the ring>

peeriebear Tue 04-Dec-12 14:17:56

I haven't seen a kingfisher for years! You don't realise how tiny they are until you see one- it was like somebody throwing an iridescent Powerball.

GrimAndHumourlessAndEven Tue 04-Dec-12 14:22:33

They were persecuted for decades, the pop plummeted, the recovery of the red kite has been a triumph

Yy to birdwatching being a bit of a bore when younger. My dear ole dad had us join the catchily-named Young Ornithologist Club as kids. Was ugh and embarrassing BUT we knew diff tit calls, could tell mistle thrush from song thrush. Ha ha ha.

Sorry for derail/hijack

LoopsInHoops Tue 04-Dec-12 14:24:53

My friend's cat has so far caught a kingfisher, a woodpecker and a baby owl. sad

OwlLady Tue 04-Dec-12 14:31:46

lol at the club being embarrassing grin I was made to attend church without my parents, such was the 80s

I have also not seen a kingfisher for years envy

I have woodpeckers, jays and game birds in the back garden though... the buzzards kill the game birds though if they get them. Rip them to peices

iseenodust Tue 04-Dec-12 14:32:17

Inexit if you live middle of the UK, guaranteed to see some if have outing to Harewood House.

peeriebear Tue 04-Dec-12 14:33:07

Bloody hell Loops! Watch out for it dragging a condor through the catflap...

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 04-Dec-12 14:34:09

Bucks here and there are loads of them!! They were reintroduced in this area some time ago in one of the most successful reintroduction programmes ever, don't you know! They're spectacular birds.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 04-Dec-12 14:37:06

There are loads in the Chilterns. If you saw a bird with wings like barn doors, then it will have been one. I wish we had them in Cornwall.

They are really one of our conservation success stories in England and Wales. If only other birds of prey could have the same success - bastard fucking gamekeepers angry

OwlLady Tue 04-Dec-12 14:41:50

are gamekeepers allowed to shoot birds of prey? shock

yes i was a townie for 33 years

mistlethrush Tue 04-Dec-12 14:46:48

DS (7) is getting quite good at birds... trees are easier as they don't move as much grin. I do think that its much easier birdwatching when you can recognise what you should be looking out for by the sound its making - that's what we normally notice first with kingfishers - and bullfinches.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 04-Dec-12 14:48:56

>are gamekeepers allowed to shoot birds of prey
I don't think so - nor poison them. But some do it. sad

Is this the December Top Trumps thread in winter camoflage? grin

AWimbaWayInaManger Tue 04-Dec-12 14:51:18

We get them circling over our house, sometimes a few at a time eyeing up the children, they have a breeding programme at Harewood near to where we live which has been very successful.

AWimbaWayInaManger Tue 04-Dec-12 14:53:14

"Is this the December Top Trumps thread in winter camoflage?"

I'll change that to sometimes 10-20 at a time. grin

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 04-Dec-12 14:53:56

No they're not allowed to. Nor are they allowed to take their eggs or lay poisoned bait. Yet they still do it. Golden eagles should be flourishing in the Southern Uplands now, but they're not.

I'm trying to think of something good I have seen lately. I don't think there's anything sad. A few lapwings in a field off the M5, that's all.

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