First Kite nest at Hatfield
One brood of two ringed and wing tagged.
2022 Kites and Buzzards
The season of 2022 was a difficult year with not the normal number of nests with chicks and a few pairs failing with Red Kite although Buzzard did a bit better. Three full grown birds were spring trapped in the autumn at Benington.
Red Kites - First Broods of 2023 being ringed
The first brood of Red Kites on the Walkern Hall Estate was ringed today with a good brood of three young. Thanks to climber Tom who came up and assisted in the session and got to ring his first Red Kites.
The Southern Colour Ringing Group rings Red Kite and Buzzard pulli (young in the nest) and traps full grown birds using large spring traps baited with carrion at a site in North Hertfordshire.
Nests are climbed up to by a contract climber and young removed to ring. We also fit coloured wing tags with various year codes allocated to us by the national co-ordinator which allows the birds to be relocated without needing to be recaptured. There are many more bird-watchers looking for colour-marked birds, so this greatly improves our chances of understanding the movements of the birds we are studying. Currently we are fitting Yellow tags with Black letters to Kites and Black tags with White letters to Buzzards.
2019 year totals
2020 year totals
2021 year totals
2022 year totals
2023 year totals