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Tuesday 4th March 2014

Rupert the Red Kite has been gracing us with his presence for the past week. I imagine he is prospecting for a mate. That’s the best reason I can come up with to explain why he has turned up again, at the same time of year. He seems to know when the Heron feed takes place, for he always turns up at this event. He is quite shy though. On Friday, there was only me attending. He perched high up in one of the tall trees, and when I tactfully retreated after throwing the food out, he took off, and swooped down for some food, much to the Heron’s alarm! The following day there were a few people, and he just stayed airborne.

This time of year is quite interesting, as Common Buzzards are presently doing their courtship displays, which shows them off at their spectacular best. We have even seen Ospreys around this time as well, as the west coast tends to be part of their migration route. Speaking of which, while on my travels to and from Newcastle over the past month, I even saw a male Hen Harrier over the North Pennines! At first, I thought, ‘no, it probably isn’t’, but then I re examined my visual experience, and what first drew my attention was the fact that this was, (to me at least), obviously a bird of prey, and its colour was a blue/grey. That together with its location told me that it had to be a male Hen Harrier.

On the owl side of things, it is fairly quiet. We’ve had a few false starts with some of the birds. This likely due to the fact that they had laid their eggs rather too early. Anyway, early days as yet.

We’ve made a start at getting the flying birds back down to their performing weights. All being well they should be back on strength by the end of March. We’ll need to keep an eye on the weather though, as March can often spring a nasty surprise. Last year we had a hefty dollop of snow on the 23rd. My car spent 3 days buried in a snow drift where I had been forced to abandon it!

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Wulf

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