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Old Thursday 7th July 2005, 22:05   #1
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Wink Red Kites

Just to let you know that yesterday the West Wycombe/Stokenchurch area,just off the M40 near High Wycombe was awash with Red Kites,I saw 15 just driving through the small villages.What a wing-span !!! I was very impressed.People tell me they have been spotted as far away as the M25.I do realise there has been a colony there for some while.There was even a sign pointing to a "nest watch".
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Old Friday 8th July 2005, 09:27   #2
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Mervyn, the "colony" was a reintroduction project that took place from '89 to '93. As of last year, there were 201 breeding pairs.

M25 isn't that far for them, they are now spotted over Watford, Maidenhead, Reading, Hook (outside Basingstoke) amongst other places.

The "Nest Watch" sign you spotted was just that. Although it is starting to wind down now. See my ongoing thread about it in the Birds of Prey forum.

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Old Friday 8th July 2005, 18:19   #3
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well done on your sighting.

they are magnificent birds, when you see them soaring overhead, even non-birders stop to watch.

helen - 201 breeding pairs! - thats really good news.
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