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Mon25th May 2009
I probably should have posted this a little earlier as I'm sure people have been waiting to hear about the nest and how it's doing. Unfortunately it's not. We believed hatching would take place in early May, but at some point at this stage the female deserted the nest. We can't know why she would do this but I suspect the male was involved with another female and polygmy and kites doesn't usually have a…
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Wed6th May 2009
Well it's all out in the open now. Red Kites are breeding in Co. Wicklow. In early April I made the discovery of a kite nest in an oak tree. What a day that was. I really hadn't expected to find a nest on the day it happened and was just checking out an area where I had previously seen a number of birds interacting. As I walked through the trees trying to get my…
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Thu2nd Oct 2008
Kites nest in the spring time, that much I do know. What I don't know is why a kite would be carrying a nice big stick in late September. I was out checking up on the kites last week and went to a spot where a local gamekeeper told me he had seen kites on a few occasions. As it was a lovely sunny day I set up my scope and decided to wait for…
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Tue16th Sep 2008
Today I had the opportunity to see a 2007 and a 2008 bird side by side. I had seen the 2007 bird earlier in the day but had not recognised it as one of the older birds. I was trying with some difficulty to see which of the 2008 radio frequencies it matched, the problem was of course it was a 2007 bird. As the the bird was face on and I couldn't see it's…
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Mon11th Aug 2008
Ok, so it's been a while since my last post, but I have been busy, I promise. As you may be aware, twenty six more kites were released into the skies of Wicklow on the 21st July. These twenty six birds were collected from Wales, along with twenty seven for the RSPB in Northern Ireland, during the month of June. A big thanks to our partners the Welsh Kite Trust for pulling out all the…
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