Thursday, 19 May 2011

Bird Sightings: Have You Seen a Red Kite?


Red Kites are distinctive because of their forked tail and striking colour - predominantly chestnut red with white patches under the wings and a pale grey head.
They have a wingspan of nearly two metres (about five-and-a-half-feet), but a relatively small body weight of 2 - 3 Ibs.
This means the bird is incredibly agile, and can stay in the air for many hours with hardly a beat of its wings.

20 years ago were one of Britain's rarest creatures and confined to the Welsh mountains, are now being regularly seen in gardens around Britain.

A record number were spotted during this year's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, the latest signal that the bird's reintroduction programme has been an enormous success.