Red Kites and Buzzards

Buzzards have been common across the Stiperstones for as long as we have been here. Today I could see and hear them wheeling high in the sky and calling to each other. Following a long process of nest protection and creating feeding sites the red kite is becoming almost as common a siting. More acrobatic than the buzzard and with a pronounced fork in its tail the kite is a joy to watch.

Sue and I were motor homing near the Chilterns this year and were lucky enough to park up beneath a kite’s nest quite low down in a pine tree. The adults were happy to come and go feeding a solitary chick as we ate our breakfast beneath them.

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