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.
After a fascinating few weeks its time to say goodbye to our webcam and three (not so) little stars. The chicks are now three months old and will soon be independent from their parents. They are spending less and less time on the nest - only feeding there occaisonally.
Its a quieter time for us now too. For a change of scene I'm working on Shetland for the next week, which I'm very excited about as have never been before!
A few weeks ago we were delighted to find that one of our nests had a breeding female who originated from outside Aberdeen. Red/pink E8 was born in 2009 near Dunkeld as part of the Central Scotland population. Below is a picture of her on the nest when her offspring were still quite small a few weeks ago.
E8 and her mate (who we haven't identified yet) have reared one chick which we went to tag last Friday. It wasn't till I was halfway through putting the tags on that I realised that the chick also had the tags E8 (except his were purple and white to show he was born in 2011 in Aberdeen)! Quite a cooincidence and nice way for us to finish off the season! E8 junior was a nice healthy male with lots of rabbits carcasses on the nest, and a good lining of sheeps wool.
The Aberdeen red kite webcam is not showing live footage today as there is a power cut at VSA Easter Anguston Farm for maintenance work on the cables. As you've probably seen the young kites are spending lots of time away from the nest (probably in nearby trees) but come back in regularly as they are still fed there.
Hopefully the webcam will be back on early evening.