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John Cantelo Saturday 24th August 2019 09:23

Movement of Red Kites in Sussex May 2017
 
Has anyone access to reports of Red Kites from Sussex in late May? Exceptional numbers were reported from Kent on 25th and I assume they came along the chalk ridge into Kent via Sussex but numbers would help!

Britseye Tuesday 27th August 2019 20:49

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Originally Posted by John Cantelo (Post 3886785)
Has anyone access to reports of Red Kites from Sussex in late May? Exceptional numbers were reported from Kent on 25th and I assume they came along the chalk ridge into Kent via Sussex but numbers would help!

Shame you haven't had any replies to your post, John. I don't normally stop by this particular sub-forum but the words 'Red Kite' caught my attention. Love those birds. I've e-mailed a good friend from Beachy Head and see if he can answer your question. There was some discussion back in early summer about the recent massive increase of records of the species in Cornwall in late May and there was conjecture whether they were Continental birds or not. I believe it's widely accepted common knowledge in the south-west that these are British (probably Welsh?) birds moving down and back up. I think someone from the south-west stepped in on the discussion and alluded to this fact before I had the chance to do so?

dantheman Tuesday 27th August 2019 21:40

Did you mean 2019?

dantheman Tuesday 27th August 2019 21:44

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Originally Posted by Britseye (Post 3888722)
I believe it's widely accepted common knowledge in the south-west that these are British (probably Welsh?) birds moving down and back up. I think someone from the south-west stepped in on the discussion and alluded to this fact before I had the chance to do so?

Think that may have been yours truly? Apologies ;)

(Although perhaps more likely to be wandering birds from the introduced population (Scotland/England) than what was the more sedentary Wesh pop... ??)

John Cantelo Tuesday 27th August 2019 22:13

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Originally Posted by dantheman (Post 3888784)
Did you mean 2019?

No, I mean 2017 as I'm writing the BoPs section of the Kent bird report & want to know if the large movement of kites in the county was reflected by figures in Sussex.


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