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Old Friday 20th November 2009, 16:35   #51
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Red face URGENT Red Kites in peril in Europe

Whilst kites in the UK are generally doing well, their counterparts in Europe are in peril.
Please read this and sign the pledge if you haven't already done so.

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Ken Sanderson, our FoRK Chairman was in the area near the Nine Arches Viaduct yesterday, and counted 35 - yes, 35 red kites in the air at the same time. This is even more than we saw on the recent Safari!

Our website is now up and running. There is a feed-back facility, so please send any info about our kites, or any questions you have, and we'll do our very best to respond.


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i got really close views of a red kite yesterday not to far from the viaduct perched in a tree eating something had the wingtag number 42 which i later found out was a male called thunderbird. also saw 2 more kites later on circling above us but couldnt see any id tags. brilliant day all together !
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i got really close views of a red kite yesterday not to far from the viaduct perched in a tree eating something had the wingtag number 42 which i later found out was a male called thunderbird. also saw 2 more kites later on circling above us but couldnt see any id tags. brilliant day all together !
Glad you had an enjoyable visit and were rewarded for your efforts of travelling from Hartlepool. You're right in that WT42 is Thunderbird. Here is what the Official Northern Kites Project says about him:


Thunderbird Wing Tag:42

Adopted by: Burnopfield Primary School, Durham

Male/Female: Male

Release Date:13th July 2005

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release, Thunderbird has spent the majority of his time in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn. His preferred roosts have varied between Barlow and Sherburn Tower Farm at Rowlands Gill. He has been seen foraging and feeding in Barlow Burn and at the Burnhills SITA landfill site with several other kites. During May 2006 he was frequently recorded around the Gibside estate. He is still seen regularly around the Rowlands Gill area.

Thunderbird and WT54 (Fantastic Flying Fiona) were seen inspecting an old crows nest in early spring. They set up a territory and WT54 was first noted incubating during April 2007, however the nest was abandoned in early May.

Thunderbird remains in Gateshead and during the winter months has regularly been detected at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008 Thunderbird and WT54 paired up again, however, they did not successfully raise any chicks.

On 9th October 2008, Thunderbird was seen roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 10th March 2009, Thunderbird was seen with partner WT54 investigating woodland in the lower Derwent valley area of Gateshead. On 30th March 2009, Thunderbird was seen feeding on a dead vole with WT54 in the Derwent Walk Country Park, Gateshead.

Location as of July 2009: Gateshead

So your sighting confirms that Thunderbird is still in the core area of the Lower Derwent Valley. I'll report this to the FoRK committee to pass on to the Monitoring Teams. But if you have time, please go to our FoRK website and send in this sighting.
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Glad you had an enjoyable visit and were rewarded for your efforts of travelling from Hartlepool. You're right in that WT42 is Thunderbird. Here is what the Official Northern Kites Project says about him:


Thunderbird Wing Tag:42

Adopted by: Burnopfield Primary School, Durham

Male/Female: Male

Release Date:13th July 2005

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release, Thunderbird has spent the majority of his time in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn. His preferred roosts have varied between Barlow and Sherburn Tower Farm at Rowlands Gill. He has been seen foraging and feeding in Barlow Burn and at the Burnhills SITA landfill site with several other kites. During May 2006 he was frequently recorded around the Gibside estate. He is still seen regularly around the Rowlands Gill area.

Thunderbird and WT54 (Fantastic Flying Fiona) were seen inspecting an old crows nest in early spring. They set up a territory and WT54 was first noted incubating during April 2007, however the nest was abandoned in early May.

Thunderbird remains in Gateshead and during the winter months has regularly been detected at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008 Thunderbird and WT54 paired up again, however, they did not successfully raise any chicks.

On 9th October 2008, Thunderbird was seen roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 10th March 2009, Thunderbird was seen with partner WT54 investigating woodland in the lower Derwent valley area of Gateshead. On 30th March 2009, Thunderbird was seen feeding on a dead vole with WT54 in the Derwent Walk Country Park, Gateshead.

Location as of July 2009: Gateshead

So your sighting confirms that Thunderbird is still in the core area of the Lower Derwent Valley. I'll report this to the FoRK committee to pass on to the Monitoring Teams. But if you have time, please go to our FoRK website and send in this sighting.
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thanks for that june i had a look at the website but couldnt find where you report sightings ?

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thanks for that june i had a look at the website but couldnt find where you report sightings ?

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thanks for that june i had a look at the website but couldnt find where you report sightings ?

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Please go to our FoRK site and look on the Menu on the left-hand side of the page. You'll see "Contact us" It's on Page 9. Simply fill in your details and your sighting of WT42. Copy the Security Code which should be legible and send. This will come to either Ken Sanderson, Chairman or me,as we do the Website.
Any sightings are really important as now that many of our birds are dispersing, the Monitoring Teams appreciate any information which they can follow up.

Why not join FoRK (8 a year for a household)? We'd love to see you and we value your input.
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Yes, definitely, Steve. I suggested this at the very beginning, and am confident that one will go on. The main problem is that the link is not direct.... you have to go Forums/Birds of Prey/Red Kites.

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=146481

Can we be confident that this link will work directly each time?

I'll put this on my Report for our Committee meeting this Monday.

Thanks very much for the suggestion.

Well, it worked well for me!
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Red face New Year Health Walks in the Lower Derwent Valley

Come and enjoy walking in Kite Country!

Health Walks

Following our successful programme of autumn health walks Friends of Red Kites have planned a further series of walks which will start in the New Year.

All walks will take place on Mondays and will start at 1.30pm

January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th. Starts from B&Q car park, Swalwell - Grid ref. NZ 201 623

February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. Walks start from Winlaton Mill car park - Grid ref. NZ 186 608

March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th. Starts from Stirling Lane car park, Rowlands Gill - Grid ref. NZ 166 581

April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. Shibdon Pond. Blaydon swimming pool car park - Grid ref. NZ 191 628

For more information contact Friends of Red Kites on 07790085659

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I was at Lockhaugh Farm tonight and viewed 16 Kites coming in to roost. I could only see 1 actually land in a tree as it was quite dark when they came in and fog was coming up off the river. A Kestrel also spent some time close by but the strangest thing was that I thought I had seen the Kestrel fly towards a pylon and then heard what sounded like a fight between two birds which went on for a good few minutes. I thought it was a couple of Kestrels until I got home and checked my photographs which were quite poor because of the light, or lack of it. I then started thinking that I may have heard a couple of Owls fighting as the head of one bird could be an Owl; I've also seen a Tawny very close to here. One poor photo also looks like a Kite although I'm not sure the head photo would back this up.

I would be interested in hearing what others think.
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Happy New Year to anyone willing to get out and walk, even in the snow!

You think this is bad? I remember 1947, 1963, when fifteen-feet drifts were common and there was no public transport for five or six weeks!
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Unfortunately, our last outing, the Roost Watch, had to be cancelled because of adverse weather conditions, but make a note of this date in your diary:

At 10.30a.m. on Saturday, 13th February, a Red kite Safari will leave the Black Horse, Barlow village. The Safari is approximately a two-hour circular walk.

If you're free, do come and join us; FoRK Volunteers and members will be there to help you locate and appreciate the flying skills of these majestic Birds of Prey. Attached is a superb shot taken by Ray Wilby, showing the interaction between two kites.
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Did anyone see the short clip on TV last evening - where Malcolm ????? has built a model Red Kite and flies it as one would a radio-controlled plane.
It was amazing; almost immediately the kites were approaching Robokite, their curiosity aroused.
I have done several searches, using Google and Copernic, but haven't found anything. Does anyone remember the name or any other fact which could help me identify him?

Great fun to watch, and I think I'll add Robokite to my Birthday wish list!
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it was on The One Show on BBC1 so you should be able to watch it again on iplayer, maybe get the guy's full name from there. I only caught the latter part of the interview but the footage of the kites interacting with the model was fantastic.
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it was on The One Show on BBC1 so you should be able to watch it again on iplayer, maybe get the guy's full name from there. I only caught the latter part of the interview but the footage of the kites interacting with the model was fantastic.
Thanks, Keith. I'll download the programme and hope I can identify Malcolm or any link to contact him.

Kites can go really high. I remember one hang glider recalling being at 1200 feet with the kites; as he pulled away, they were still going higher. Fantastic!
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We took a drive round the usual haunts in bright sunshine, hoping the birds would be tempted by the better weather.
We weren't disappointed. Starting at Winlaton, we saw two kites, then moving to Barlow, where one was enjoying a leisurely fly-past, to High Spen, where again one was quartering the fields, then on to the Cemetery gate towards Victoria Garesfield. From here we had an excellent view of five kites in the valley below. From here we drove to Rowlands Gill and at the RG Viaduct four kites were enjoying the thermals. Later we tried our luck at Lockhaugh. Here, too, we witnessed a group of four, by now getting to roosting time perhaps.

Altogether we saw about twenty, and they were flying strongly. Fortunately in the worst of the snowy weather people were putting out food for them. We just hope that all our kites have survived.

We did have an injured juvenile, which was found and taken into rehab. Happily it recovered and was released last week at Gibside, where the Staff are keeping an eye on it. It seems to be settling well with the other kites.

Kite in cage "Let me out!" by Rike Kroner. Kite flying "Great, I'm free again!" by Lauren Withrington
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Ray of the Kielder Bird of Prey Centre came to Thornley Woods Visitor Centre to give Friends of Red Kites members and Visitor Centre Staff a Talk on the management and handling of birds such as our Red Kites.

This was very appropriate as only a few weeks ago, members of the public found a distressed juvenile Red Kite. Happily, it was rescued, seen by the Vet and after a period in rehab, was released, as seen in the previous message.

We now feel that the necessary measures can be put into place, to enable us to respond to any future emergency.

If you need swift help for a similar emergency regarding our Red Kites, please ring FoRK on 07790085659. Thank you.
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Unfortunately, our last outing, the Roost Watch, had to be cancelled because of adverse weather conditions, but make a note of this date in your diary:

At 10.30a.m. on Saturday, 13th February, a Red kite Safari will leave the Black Horse, Barlow village. The Safari is approximately a two-hour circular walk.

If you're free, do come and join us; FoRK Volunteers and members will be there to help you locate and appreciate the flying skills of these majestic Birds of Prey. Attached is a superb shot taken by Ray Wilby, showing the interaction between two kites.
I missed the Safari, for some reason I had it in my head that the start time was 12:30 and didn't realise until 11:00 that I was already 30 minutes too late. I went out on Sunday to make up for it and did see WT15 and WT16 in trees as well as flying about. I didn't see too many Red Kites, 3 was the most that I could see at one time so other sightings could have been the same birds. I have one or two photographs which I will have a look at tomorrow, I dont expect them to be very good as the light was very poor, at least it stayed dry and was reasonably mild.

I will try to get out and about every weekend now that the days are getting longer.
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14 optomistic souls met up at Barlow for the Red Kite Safari on Saturday morning. Once introductions were made and right on cue at 10.30, it started to rain. Undetered we were rewarded with our first sight of a Kite circling even before we had left the car park.

In the grey showery conditions we rather thought that might be our last sighting but as we headed cross country we were lucky to have a great view of an untagged bird on a fence post. Very obligingly it stayed put giving excellent views. We saw the same bird a little further on high in a tree but, apart from a single bird lifting, that was to be the last sighting until back in the village. Here though we were able to watch another Kite circling above Barlow Burn.

The weather improved greatly during the 2hr walk and one brave [mad] member even stripped to his tee shirt! Thanks to our intrepid leader we all had a great outing with lovely views. Oh did I mention the mud?
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You made it, Alan! Glad that your efforts were not in vain. We can never be sure that the kites will strut their stuff for us!

To see one perched on a post is great - not often that the kites will stay put long enough to take photos. I wonder if anyone did?

FoRK members should by now have received their invitation to a Members' Evening. Hope to see a good number there...................



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14 optomistic souls met up at Barlow for the Red Kite Safari on Saturday morning. Once introductions were made and right on cue at 10.30, it started to rain. Undetered we were rewarded with our first sight of a Kite circling even before we had left the car park.

In the grey showery conditions we rather thought that might be our last sighting but as we headed cross country we were lucky to have a great view of an untagged bird on a fence post. Very obligingly it stayed put giving excellent views. We saw the same bird a little further on high in a tree but, apart from a single bird lifting, that was to be the last sighting until back in the village. Here though we were able to watch another Kite circling above Barlow Burn.

The weather improved greatly during the 2hr walk and one brave [mad] member even stripped to his tee shirt! Thanks to our intrepid leader we all had a great outing with lovely views. Oh did I mention the mud?
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...........and here is the proof that these brave souls defied rain, snow and mud to go on Safari!!

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14 optomistic souls met up at Barlow for the Red Kite Safari on Saturday morning. Once introductions were made and right on cue at 10.30, it started to rain. Undetered we were rewarded with our first sight of a Kite circling even before we had left the car park.

In the grey showery conditions we rather thought that might be our last sighting but as we headed cross country we were lucky to have a great view of an untagged bird on a fence post. Very obligingly it stayed put giving excellent views. We saw the same bird a little further on high in a tree but, apart from a single bird lifting, that was to be the last sighting until back in the village. Here though we were able to watch another Kite circling above Barlow Burn.

The weather improved greatly during the 2hr walk and one brave [mad] member even stripped to his tee shirt! Thanks to our intrepid leader we all had a great outing with lovely views. Oh did I mention the mud?
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This is sickening news, Alan. Apart from Flash, Wing Tag 10, who was poisoned in the early days of the project, we have had no other trouble.
Clearly someone in the Hexham area doesn't share our love for these majestic birds of prey. Their ignorance beggars belief!


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Sad news today that two of our red kites have been found dead in suspicious circumstances in Northumberland, nothing definite but I for one expect human intervention to be the reason.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/8524689.stm

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Here is the press release put out by the Police Press Office. copied here with permission.

Appeal after possible animal poisonings in West Tynedale

Dated: 19 Feb 2010

Police are appealing for information after two incidents of possible animal poisoning in West Northumberland.

On Friday, February 12, police received a report from a landowner, in the Steel area of Hexham, that he had found two dead Red Kite birds in a field. The birds were found close to each other and there appeared to be no evidence of any bullet injuries.

Officers from Northumbria police and DEFRA are carrying out enquiries and a post mortem will be carried out to identify what killed the birds.

PC Mick Brown, wildlife crime officer, for West Northumberland said: "This is an unusual incident and it's a possibility that these birds may have been poisoned, as Red Kites have in the past been persecuted. If this is the case then we need to find out who, and how they have done this. Red Kites are a protected species under current legislation and anyone found guilty of killing them can expect a custodial sentence or a heavy fine."

>>>> incident involving ferrets>>>>>>>>>>

PC Brown added: "I'd appeal for anyone who knows anything at all about these incidents to ring us either on the 03456 043 043 number or by contacting myself direct. You don't have to give your name and can remain completely anonymous, the information as to how these animals were poisoned is what's key."

Anyone with any information about the two incidents, or any animal crime in the Northumbria area, is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

You remember our Wing Tag 10, Flash, was poisoned in Tynedale in 2004. The children of Winlaton Primary were devastated and shocked. Although it was extremely sad, the death of Flash highlighted the Project to a far greater degree than we thought possible, so some good came out of his death. The following year the children were given the first kite chick to be brought from the Chilterns Project; they had a competition for a name and the winning choice was Phoenix, which we thought was brilliant! Phoenix is Wing Tag 21.

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