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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: A busy day but it was worth it!

    Earlier this week we gathered together in a wood on the outskirts of Aberdeen to install this year's camera on a red kite nest. More to follow of course, but this is what greeted our climber when he went up the tree to afix the camera. Three healthy chicks that look like they are a week old...
  • Blog Post: Long time no see...

    I've been below the radar a bit recently, like many of our adult kites who have gone off to moult and recoup after a busy summer season. But like them also I'm now back and ready for winter! In the last couple of weeks the kite roosts have come into their own again with up to 20 birds sharing...
  • Blog Post: Aberdeen Red Kite nest online at last!

    After lots of technical troubles (but thanks to the guys at FCS, VSA and RSPB for sorting them out), we are now able to watch our growing red kite family from the comfort of our own desks or sofas! The picture can be variable in quality due to the slow broadband speeds of rural Aberdeenshire, but...
  • Blog Post: Webcam problems but the kites are fine!

    Since the weekend we've been having some problems with the phone line which we upload the webstream on so we've not had any footage. Hoping we'll get it fixed soon though, so keep checking back just in case. In the mean time the birds don't mind at all and you can still get your kite...
  • Blog Post: Start of releases

    You can always tell when things are busy with the kites as I usually forget to blog! Over the last couple of weeks we've started to release birds which is always really satisfying. Although I've seen nearly 70 young kite taste freedom for the first time I'm always a little nervous when...
  • Blog Post: Winter ploughs on

    Our local red kites have been fairly active again in the new year, and the mild weather has allowed them to continue with one of their favourite food sources; worms! Many farmers are ploughing up stubble fields in preparation for spring crops and the local kites and buzzards (along with quite a few common...
  • Blog Post: The chicks are tagged

    As I'm sure all of you have noticed by now the 3 young kites in the nest have been tagged. Last Friday morning we went with our climbers and quickly tagged, ringed and measured the kites. The tags are C1, C2 and C3. This year's colour is white which stands out quite nicely. From the measurements...
  • Blog Post: Hold on tight!

    It feels like the wind will never stop here. After last weeks gusts of 70mph, we're getting blown about again and so are the kites. Fortunately I don't think we have lost any nests, but the youngsters on the red kite webcam were holding on this morning and staying low in the nest. When mum (Fairview...
  • Blog Post: Spot the difference

    Last night it was the turn of our young webcam stars to be ringed, tagged and measured. We think both birds are males from their measurements, but you can never be 100% sure! L1 and L2 will be in the nest for a few more weeks yet, and you can keep watching them at http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/projects...
  • Blog Post: Live online and growing fast!

    Hope you've managed to have a look at the red kite webcam http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/projects/details/274636-aberdeen-red-kite . Its a first for Scotland and we're all getting addicted! I find myself logging on to the computer all through the day to check on them. Not much happening at the...
  • Blog Post: CCTV stars at last!

    After a lot of hard work we finally have a camera on an Aberdeen Red Kite nest! Below is an adorable picture of one of the two chicks when it was only a few days old. Now they are a bit bigger, but to find out how much, come and see for yourself at VSA Easter Anguston Farm, Peterculter everyday 10am...
  • Blog Post: Kites home and away

    The cold weather of the last few months has started to subside and the local red kites and buzzards are reappearing. Many pairs are also starting to think about breeding again and are displaying their ownership of woods by displaying over them in the sunshine. The bright weather this week has been great...
  • Blog Post: Aberdeen Red Kite webcam now live online!

    A couple of weeks ago we installed a camera on a local red kite nest and we've been enjoying watching the footage at VSA Easter Anguston. Yesterday all the other parts of the jigsaw came together and we have footage online for the first time! You can view the webcam here http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork...
  • Blog Post: Its time to fly the nest

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of blogging; I'm having trouble with the laptop at home and as you can imagine I'm not in the office much at this time of year! Our webcam stars seem to have flown the nest, but are coming back in regularly for food and to roost at night. This morning I was...