Ok, so it's been a while since my last post, but I have been busy, I promise.
As you may be aware, twenty six more kites were released into the skies of Wicklow on the 21st July. These twenty six birds were collected from Wales, along with twenty seven for the RSPB in Northern Ireland, during the month of June. A big thanks to our partners the Welsh Kite Trust for pulling out all the stops to get us our full quota.
This year all the kites in Wicklow were fitted with a black tag on the right wing to indicate they were released in 2008. The left wing tag is till pale blue, indicating Wicklow. RSPB Northern Ireland have gone for a brown tag on the left wing. All our birds were again fitted with radio tags to assist in my keeping tabs on them, we were also able to attach satellite packs to two of the birds. The satellite packs are mounted on the bird's back and enables the birds to be tracked, via satellite, whatever part of the country they may venture to.
The recently released kites have quickly settled into their new surroundings. While I continue to put food out for them, they have of late not needed it, preferring instead to fend for themselves it would seem. While I'm sure it couldn't be true, a friend who regularly assists me in monitoring the kites swears that this lot are a tougher bunch than the last lot we released. I don't see how that could be the case, but certainly they seem to have learned the ropes quicker than our first batch. Within a few days of release they were holding their own in aerial fights with the resident crows.
Reports have already started coming in of kites on the move so keep your eyes peeled.