Birders. Red Kites in London
I saw a pair of what looked a lot like red kites circling over my garden in London on Saturday morning. I’ve seen them regularly in Wales and they looked to be about the right size/shape and definitely had forked tails but, even though they’re in the Cotswolds, I didn’t think they’d made it this far south/east.
What’s the likelihood they were red kites?Posted 5 years agoroggMember
I think they were also reintroduced around J5 of the M40, and have certainly spread out in at least a 25 mile radius from here, so they might well have strayed as far as That London.Posted 5 years ago
They’re common in Stokenchurch, you regularly see groups of 10-20 of them. Still an impressive sight to see them swooping down to pick up a dead bunny off the road though.hh45Member
Just needs Ravens as well to go after all the crap people throw in the streets. They might keep the pigeon and seagull populations down a bit as well.
Ravens are making a massive comeback in the west country. Never heard one in my first 35 years and since about five years ago I have heard them most weekends now. Away from houses etc. Hard to identify in flight but their sound is unlike any other bird and leaves no room for error. Good to see these bigger birds about.Posted 5 years ago
After a bit of digging (gentle scratching of the surface of google) it would seem they pop up occasionally in Richmond Park and the Wetlands Centre, I’d assume both are fairly attractive to a Kite.
I’d love to see Kites take over from pigeons in London, a bunch of them hopping around eating sick and chips of an evening in Soho would be far more impressive than some gimpy, one legged pigeons. Now, if someone can introduce something large and fast enough to take those squawky green **** out I’d be a very happy man. An active breeding program for Peregrines would do.Posted 5 years ago
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