Many thanks to Adam McClure for an update on the movement of two kites which have been missing from their respective regions in Ireland.
Back in December, we received several reports of kites in the Herring Bay area of the Ards Peninsula. Following several follow-up visits Adam identified one of the birds as pale blue / white B1, a Southern bird. B1 was one of the 39 birds released in Fingal last summer, mentioned above, but had not been seen for a few weeks. Adam was delighted to identify the bird and was even happier to discover he has been associating with brown / white 39, a 2011 female from a nest near Downpatrick. While still too young to breed this year, it's definitely a case of watch this space!
In the efforts of equality it's only right that we should “give the South one of our birds” and this is exactly what happened when black V, or Volt as it's known, turned up in Avoca, Wicklow on 23 February 2012. Volt had not been recorded in Northern Ireland for some time, and this perfectly illustrates how Red Kites can seemingly vanish for long periods before reappearing...a habit which is as fascinating as it is frustrating!