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.
Whilst we're still working on getting a camera on a local red kite nest (honestly all my fingers and toes are crossed and we are working really hard to get something for everyone to watch and enjoy!), the usual day-to-day fieldwork continues. This time of year though its so much fun as most of our nests now have chicks. If you are really lucky you get a cracking view of young kites like this:
These guys are 10-14 days old and its brilliant to see three little heads looking at you!
Hopefully lots more to follow soon!