Tuesday, 10 July 2012

100th tagged Shropshire Red Kite

Had a trip over to near Chirbury today with Leo Smith to tag the last of the known Shropshire broods of Red Kite. It was a pleasant surprise to find a healthy brood of three - a rare event this year. The first of the three was the 100th kite tagged in Shropshire since they re-colonised the county in 2006.
As well as the negative impact of the lousy weather we have been concentrating our tagging solely on kite nests at the edge of their range this year, in Shropshire, Herefordshire, North Wales and South Wales so numbers ringed/tagged are greatly reduced at only about 25% of those achieved in recent years.

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