In early January I found Kite "Purple Q's" radio and attached tail feather on a farm in the release area. This wasn't the first radio to fall out, and all the rest are due to fall out later this year when the kites moult their tails, so I wasn't particularly worried about this discovery. The birds can still be identified when they've shed their radios as they have their unique wing tag codes. Unfortunately wing tags readings are much harder to get than radio signals.
While I didn't suspect anything had happened to "Purple Q", when a bird hasn't been recorded for a couple of months you do begin to wonder. Luckily yesterday I got to see him in the roost, the first time I'd seen him in over three months. Great to know he's alive and well and hopefully I'll be lucky enough to see him in the roost again before the roost breaks up for the summer.
On a sidenote, while I was observing the roost yesterday, from the side of the road, a van pulled up and the driver was obviously wondering what I was up to. I explained to him I was looking at the kites, to which he answered "I hope you don't have a gun"! While I don't like to think I look like the kind of person that shoots birds of prey, it's very reassuring to know that I'm not the only one keeping an eye on the kites.