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.
We've had mixed weather in the last few weeks and with the threat of snow still looming, my garden has decided its spring with the immerging daffodils and tulips. And so it seems have the kites. In the light sleet that greeted us last weekend, my local pair of kites were starting their nest refurbishment in readiness for laying their eggs. The generally mild weather (well compared the foot of snow we had this time last year!) is probably the cause of this slightly early activity. We're keeping our eyes peeled on all of our other pairs to look for similar activity, so I will keep you posted!