Aberdeen Red Kites (ARK) is a three year project to reintroduce kites to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. 30 birds were released in 2007, 35 in 2008 and another 30-35 in 2009. Many of the birds have been named by schools and local business. The aim of the project is to establish a breeding population in one of the largest remaining gaps for red kites in Britain.
I thought as we are nearing the year's end it would be a good time to give an update on some of the individual Aberdeen Red Kites that we have been following.
Treekid (13), Gretal (23) and Stinky Pete (28) are all down in Central Scotland with the local population there.
Rua (26) is still on the Galloway Kite Trail.
They've been recently joined by 34, 40, Tiki (49) and 60!
On Saturday at our red kite walks near Echt, we saw Red Dave (14), Millie (19), Kingswells Bullet (27) and Ramdim Star (35).
Oscar (03), 11, Echt Happy Chappie (22), Dunecht Dasher (24), Big Tam (29) and 30 are all regulars on the outskirts of Aberdeen, along with most of 2008's young birds, some of which have been named.
Theodore (33), Nicolas (37), Diamond (44) and others have taken up home near Banchory in Aberdeenshire.
I'm sure by the time we're in 2009 the Aberdeen Red Kite map will have completely changed yet again!
Best wishes to all the red kite watchers for a Happy Christmas.