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  • Blog Post: Why is illegal raptor persecution still happening?

    Why is illegal raptor persecution still happening? Red kite with chicks by Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com) My first job with the RSPB was as an Investigations Officer based at our UK HQ at the Lodge in Bedfordshire. For two and a half years I followed egg collectors, tackled falcon thieves...
  • Blog Post: The emperor strikes bag

    With sunny days as rare as hen’s teeth this summer, I reacted to the weather forecast for a hot Sunday with sunshine with, “Right, I’ll be out all day – I’ll be back at dinner time”. It was worth risking the wrath of my girlfriend Laura because mid July means a...
  • Blog Post: Eagle honesty: a better rap for raptors

    There are days when you really have to wonder about the farming press. Pages have recently been devoted in Scottish farmer, to events wreaked upon the world by birds of prey. In Scotland, thanks to conservation programmes, red kites are making a comeback, a few years behind England and Wales it has been...
  • Blog Post: Rainbows and Red kites

    Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Manager What is it about seeing a rainbow that makes you feel totally exhilarated? We all know the science behind a rainbow. Even as a youngster, the theory behind the rain and then the sun was a process that we learnt inherently. Of course, the pot of gold and...
  • Blog Post: Afraid of Raptors?!

    Blogger: Simon Tonkin, Senior Farmland Conservation Officer All this royal wedding stuff has left me wondering a few things about how great it is to be British, but also two issues in particular that I'm not so happy about. I pondered whilst watching the public royal hysteria, what it must have...
  • Blog Post: Autumn update

    The autumn weather and arrival of wintering geese has kept our birds of all ages on the move and even saw one young female released for the second time! After spending a few days on Staple island, yellowV finally left the Farnes in strong winds heading south onto the mainland on the 17 th September...
  • Blog Post: Survival of the fittest?

    Exactly 150 years ago, in 1859, when Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species, the countryside around his Kent home would have looked much the same as it does today. However, the father of evolutionary science would probably find it incredible to realise the number of changes which have taken...
  • Blog Post: Stop killing birds of prey, say 200,000 people

    Today should mark a turning point in the history of our birds of prey: it is the day that we are all reminded that the illegal killing of birds of prey must stop. At a ceremony in London, over 200,000 pledges of support, gathered by the RSPB, were handed to Huw Irranca-Davies, the UK Government’s...
  • Blog Post: No webcam today

    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...
  • Blog Post: Mum - I'm too hot!

    This weekend has been a bit of an uncomfortable one for our red kite female and mum, Fairview. With the frequent showers she has been sheltering her chicks as they are still too small to be waterproof themselves. They don't seem to be appreciating this though and could be seen wriggling underneath...
  • Blog Post: Film stars again

    After last year's amazing footage of some of the first breeding kites in Aberdeen for 150 years we hopeful of being able to repeat the camera again this year, but weren't counting any chickens! We have a new nest this year with a new pair. Fairview (09) and Tango (38) have three chicks that are...
  • Blog Post: Spring is coming

    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...
  • Blog Post: Bear with us, we're nearly there...

    This spring has been truely awful, whether you're a blue tit, lapwing, red kite or just a fieldworker trying to monitor any of these species, you will have got very wet! As a result here in the Aberdeen Red Kite team we are chasing our tails a bit as we don't want to check kite nests in the rain...
  • Blog Post: 'Scottwings' crosses the country

    Joining Glider at Bellmack Farm on the Galloway Kite Trail is Scottwings this week. A2 (aka Scottwings) was collected from near Argaty in Central Scotland in 2009 on the same day as A3 (aka Glider) before being brought to be released in Aberdeen with the other 30 young red kites that year. Both ofn these...
  • Blog Post: Aberdeen Red Kites Fledging Party!

    Well, I'm sure you've all been as glued to your computer screens/laptops/fancy phones as I've been, watching our three Aberdeen Red Kite chicks (live on our webcam!!!) grow from fluffy cute little white bundles to almost adult size, with a wingspan of around 5ft 7, in just six weeks! Over...
  • Blog Post: Even more red kite chicks in Aberdeen

    Today we started tagging and ringing our red kite chicks. A little bit later than expected, but that is probably due to the later breeding season following on from the cold winter. So far we have ringed, tagged and measured 11 youngsters from 4 nests. Below is a snap of a brood of 3 chicks back on the...
  • Blog Post: Where Are They Now?

    After a fantastic breeding season with six successful nests producing 15 young we should have a lot of kites to look for flying around Aberdeenshire. However, this is now getting more difficult! Most birds have now lost their radio transmitters, which means that we have to rely on the unique two digit...
  • Blog Post: Everybody needs good neighbours...

    Another day, another kite nest! Yesterday's was a little different however as under the messy wool covered kite nest was a tree sparrow nest with five eggs! This isn't unusal and we've recorded it in local buzzard and osprey nests also but was a little surprising for our climber. ...
  • Blog Post: Rain stops play

    We've all got our fingers crossed for dry weekends for July so we can all get out there and see some birds and get a bit of fresh air! Today of course the rain is coming down thick and fast, and even our red kite webcam stars have been affected with several drops of rain impinging on our view of...
  • Blog Post: 2011 - what a great year for kites

    2011 has been an amazing year for the Aberdeen Red Kites and we all feel so lucky to be able to work with such a brilliant bird. Another record breaking year for breeding locally and nationally (for the whole story have a look here ), and kites becoming a more common sight all over the north east of...
  • Blog Post: All seasons in a week

    After yesterday's wind, rain and freezing weather today was a complete contrast with a perfect autumnal day. So I swapped the ski jacket I wore to walk the dog yesterday for a t-shirt and my camera and went off in search of some of our local red kites. There were quite a few around the usual winter...
  • Blog Post: Red kite art

    A trip out to VSA Easter Anguston farm usually results in seeing a red kite or two but yesterday it was kites of a different kind that were making the farm their home! As part of North East Open Studios (NEOS) there is a sculpture trail around the farm. Many of the exhibits are inspired by the kites...
  • Blog Post: Colours of the rainbow

    The good weather of the last few weeks has been fantastic for so much wildlife and has enabled so many RSPB fieldworkers to be out surveying etc. For me it has enabled lots of woods to be searched looking for red kite nests. It's meant lots of long, but fun days out in the field, so computer work...
  • Blog Post: This job is never boring

    The last few days have really shown how diverse (and great) my job can be. On Friday myself and some local members of the Raptor Study Group attached the remaining birds with radio transmitters and wingtags so they are ready for release. Yesterday I had a lovely walk up to the cages in the sunshine...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Breeding Season

    2012 has been another great year for Aberdeen’s red kites, with 19 pairs setting up territories and laying eggs. With the bad summer weather, unfortunately 4 of these pairs subsequently failed, however, the remaining 15 pairs went on to successfully rear 32 chicks which were all wing tagged. This...