Red Kite Monitoring 

 

For the reporting of a grounded or injured red kite please contact Friends of Red Kites on 07790085659 and arrangements will be made to collect the bird and commence recovery.


 Red Kites at Roost Survey in the Derwent Valley  

(ForK's contribution to the 2017 European Red Kite Roost Census)

 

On the evening of Saturday 7th January the Friends of Red Kites Monitoring Team checked the three known roost sites in Gateshead's Derwent Valley with the aim of counting the number of red kites. Fifty seven kites in total were counted with fifty two of these being recorded at the main roost. This figure has been submitted to our National Red Kite group who will in turn forward it onto the European Red Kite group. So, in due course we shall be able to report both National and International figures of roosting kites. Comparisons with previous year's figures will give an indication of total population trends. Last year only forty three kites were counted at roost sites in the Derwent Valley.

Members of the public were invited to the main roost site, which was viewed from the Nine Arches Viaduct, to give them an opportunity to see large numbers of kites at fairly close quarters and to learn all about red kites and their conservation from our "experts". Eighteen people attended and they were not disappointed. Good views of up to five kites perched on a pylon were had, albeit through a telescope and twenty nine birds were seen together in the air at one time, soaring and circling in a pre-roost flight. Eventually fifty two kites flew into roost on the Gibside Estate. 

  

 Photograph by Harold Dobson     

The other two locations which were surveyed were at Hamsterley Hall and Victoria Garesfield. Both sites recorded birds at pre roost, seventeen and nine respectively. But interestingly, the majority of birds left both sites just before dark and drifted down the valley towards the Gibside roost. Fourteen lifted from Hamsterley Hall, leaving three kites there, and seven left Victoria Garesfield, leaving just two kites.

Once National and European numbers have been received they will be posted on the website.

Ken Sanderson

Kite Monitoring Officer

 

And here are the UK numbers (see below) 

 

UK Red Kite Winter Roost Summary 7/8 January 2017

(Comparable figures for 2016 in brackets)

Scotland

Location

Count Date

No of roosts

No of red kites

Lead observer

Highland; Ross, Sutherland and Inverness-shire

06-08/01/2017

4

 65 (178)

Phil Dowling

Central and Tayside

08/01/2017

5

184 (203)

Duncan Orr-Ewing/Claire Smith

ES Aberdeenshire

08/01/2017

3

 88 (104)

Jenny Weston

SWS Dumfries and Galloway

07-09/01/2017

10

300 (186)

George Christie

Total

 

22 (26)

637 (671)

 

 

NS=North Scotland (Highland Raptor Study Group)

CS= Central Scotland (Central and Tayside RSGs)

ES= East Scotland (North East RSG)

SWS= South West Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway RSG)  

England

Location

Count date

No of roosts

No of red  kites

Lead observer

Chilterns

07/01/2017

2

 121 (no count)

Peter Stevens

Northamptonshire

 

2

 102 (276)

Derek Holman

NE England Tyne and Wear

09/01/2017

3

   57 (43)

Ken Sanderson

Yorkshire 

10/01/2017

5

 170 (149)

Doug Simpson 

Total

 

12 (14)

 450 (468)

 

 

NH= Northamptonshire, East Midlands

NE= Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England

Yorkshire=North, East and West Yorkshire

Wales

Location

Count date

No of roosts

No of red kites

Lead observer

Wales

10/01/2017

2

     750-800 (630-     690)

Tony Cross

Total

 

2 (3)

750-800 (630-690)

 

 

Feeding station counts only. 

Compiled by Duncan Orr-Ewing for UK and Ireland Red Kite Coordination Group

January 2017