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Old 12th November 2013, 07:49 PM   #11
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Only two? Either it was a bad day or you weren't paying attention.
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Old 28th November 2013, 07:28 PM   #12
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Probably a bit more of the latter, Chilternbirder, but it was late afternoon, and the coach was going pretty fast. (There were probably dozens on the far side of the coach, but I couldn't see that side!)
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Old 18th December 2013, 10:12 PM   #13
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They seem to be on the increase here now. Saw 3 in the village across the fields so I assume they had been nesting in that area. Not uncommon to see one over our houses and sometimes in pairs. Where we have been doing lots of local walks we have seen them in almost all the places we have visited. So definitely on the increase in north Hampshire and also on the Berkshire borders.
The buzzards are the main birds of prey here and probably nest in the woods over the back of us - usually 3 but I have counted 5.
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Old 24th January 2014, 03:13 PM   #14
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Regarding kites and north west London I was talking to another birder at Stockers Lake outside Rickmansworth today and he said that he saw them when he lived in Pinner but never since he moved to North Harrow. So far I have yet to see any south east of Chorleywood when travelling the A404 although I am told that they are seen over Ricky.
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Old 26th January 2014, 10:38 AM   #15
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The best place i have been to to see Red Kites in RSPB Otmoor Nature Reserve close to Oxford

They fly quite low so the chances of a good photo are increased so you can practice your optics skills

Years ago (2002/2003 time) I lived at a farm on the outskirts of Stirlingshire, and we used to get Red Kites flying above the farm building every day.

I still remember the person who looked after the Red Kites told me never to tell people that they where in the area (I assume incase they where shot). Now times have changed for the better, are well looked after and are breedng as they should be in Scotland

Now Kites are everywhere as there

Their population has increased centrefold so that means there is hardly a place in the UK that does not have a Kite population to some degree

A place anyone (including me) needs to visit is


Just the best place to see Kites ever - even though it is a bit commercialised to the public.


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