Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Species
Red Kite (Milvus milvus). Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on April 30th 2016. Click image for a larger version.
Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on April 30th 2016. Click image for a larger version.
(1/1600th sec at f14)

© David Hastings

Description

L: 61 - 72 cm; WS: 140 - 165 cm
 
The Red Kite is an elegant bird, soaring with long wings held at a dihedral, and long forked tail twisting as it changes direction. The body, upper tail and wing coverts are rufous. The white primary flight feathers contrast with the black wing tips and dark secondaries. The sexes are similar, although the female is larger and heavier.
 
In Britain the Red Kite became extinct in England and Scotland in the 1870s, and the breeding population became restricted to a handful of pairs in Wales before it began to recover. In 2004, at least 216 pairs were thought to have hatched eggs in Wales.
 
In 1989 six Swedish birds were released at a site in north Scotland and four Swedish and one Welsh bird in Buckinghamshire. Altogether, 93 birds of Swedish and Spanish origin were released at each of the sites. In the second stage of reintroduction in 1995 and 1996, further birds were brought over from Germany to populate the areas of Dumfries and Galloway, and the Derwent Valley.
 
The reintroductions in The Chilterns have been a particular success, with a now well-established strong population across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
 
The UK breeding population is estimated at 1000 pairs. It is amber status on the British list, due to its historical decline.
 

Sightings

24-Jun-2017:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(20+)
30-May-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
28-May-2017:Pewsey Down, Wilts(1)
07-May-2017:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(2)
07-May-2017:Lardon Chase, Berks(2)
01-May-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
29-Apr-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
22-Apr-2017:Bagley Wood, Oxon(1)
15-Apr-2017:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
13-Apr-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
09-Apr-2017:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(5+)
01-Apr-2017:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
25-Mar-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
25-Mar-2017:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
19-Mar-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
19-Mar-2017:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
12-Mar-2017:Rushy Common, Oxon(2)
19-Feb-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
04-Feb-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
21-Jan-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
04-Jan-2017:Redbridge, Oxon(1)
02-Jan-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)

28-Dec-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
11-Dec-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
03-Dec-2016:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
27-Nov-2016:Bagley Wood, Oxon(1)
13-Nov-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
23-Oct-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
18-Sep-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(4+)
11-Sep-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
30-Jul-2016:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(6)
23-Jul-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
16-Jul-2016:Crookham Common, Berks(5)
07-Jul-2016:Fermyn Wood, Northants(2)
30-Jun-2016:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(4+)
19-Jun-2016:Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon(2)
05-Jun-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
27-May-2016:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
22-May-2016:Lardon Chase, Berks(3)
22-May-2016:Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon(3)
14-May-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
07-May-2016:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
06-May-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
04-May-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
03-May-2016:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(5+)
02-May-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
30-Apr-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
24-Apr-2016:Bagley Wood, Oxon(1)
20-Apr-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
17-Apr-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
10-Apr-2016:Watlington Hill, Oxon
10-Apr-2016:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon
09-Apr-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
03-Apr-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
03-Apr-2016:Churn, Oxon(2)
01-Apr-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
30-Mar-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(1)
28-Mar-2016:Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
13-Mar-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
13-Mar-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(7)
12-Mar-2016:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(3)
05-Mar-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
27-Feb-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
25-Feb-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(1)
21-Feb-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
23-Jan-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(5)
16-Jan-2016:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon(4)
09-Jan-2016:Lower Radley, Oxon(1)
04-Jan-2016:Abingdon, Oxon(1)
04-Jan-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)

29-Dec-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
28-Dec-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
08-Nov-2015:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
27-Sep-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
12-Sep-2015:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
07-Sep-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
22-Aug-2015:Yeosden Bank, Bucks(3+)
16-Aug-2015:Hackpen Hill, Oxon(1)
09-Aug-2015:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(3)
02-Aug-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
07-Jun-2015:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(3)
01-Jun-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
30-May-2015:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(2)
25-May-2015:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
10-May-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
04-May-2015:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(2)
28-Apr-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
27-Apr-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2+)
18-Apr-2015:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(4+)
18-Apr-2015:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(3+)
16-Apr-2015:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(1)
06-Apr-2015:Stratfield Brake, Oxon(1)
22-Mar-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(3+)
21-Mar-2015:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
20-Mar-2015:Oxford, Oxon(1)
07-Mar-2015:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
04-Mar-2015:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon(1)
01-Mar-2015:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
22-Feb-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
01-Feb-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
18-Jan-2015:Abingdon, Oxon(2)
17-Jan-2015:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon(1)
11-Jan-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
02-Jan-2015:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
01-Jan-2015:Abingdon, Oxon(1)

20-Dec-2014:Hackpen Hill, Oxon(2)
06-Dec-2014:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon(1)
29-Nov-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
01-Nov-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
27-Oct-2014:Marston Meadows, Oxon(1)
19-Oct-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
05-Oct-2014:Chimney Meadows, Oxon(1)
21-Sep-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
14-Sep-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
28-Aug-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
24-Aug-2014:Parsonage Moor, Oxon(3)
23-Aug-2014:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(5)
16-Aug-2014:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(4)
03-Aug-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
26-Jul-2014:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(2)
20-Jul-2014:Calvert Jubilee, Oxon(1)
20-Jul-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
12-Jul-2014:Watlington Hill, Oxon
06-Jul-2014:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(6)
08-Jun-2014:Parsonage Moor, Oxon(2)
07-Jun-2014:Stanford Dingley, Berks(1)
05-Jun-2014:University Parks, Oxford, Oxon(1)
01-Jun-2014:Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon(1)
25-May-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
18-May-2014:Lardon Chase, Berks(2)
18-May-2014:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(2)
07-May-2014:Teifi Marshes, Pembrokeshire(1)
05-May-2014:Tregaron, Ceredigion(1)
05-May-2014:Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion(1)
26-Apr-2014:Rodborough Common, Glos(1)
18-Apr-2014:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(6+)
13-Apr-2014:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(3+)
13-Apr-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
13-Apr-2014:Churn, Oxon(2+)
09-Apr-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon(1)
06-Apr-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
30-Mar-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
24-Mar-2014:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(1)
22-Mar-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
22-Mar-2014:Abingdon, Oxon(3)
15-Mar-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(3)
15-Mar-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
09-Mar-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
09-Mar-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
01-Mar-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
22-Feb-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
16-Feb-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
19-Jan-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
12-Jan-2014:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon(1)
05-Jan-2014:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon

27-Dec-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
07-Dec-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
01-Dec-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
30-Nov-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
03-Nov-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
12-Oct-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
06-Oct-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
22-Sep-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(6+)
21-Sep-2013:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon(1)
31-Aug-2013:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(6)
26-Aug-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
18-Aug-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(3)
11-Aug-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
10-Aug-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
21-Jul-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(6)
29-Jun-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(2)
22-Jun-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
16-Jun-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
25-May-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
12-May-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(5)
22-Apr-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
21-Apr-2013:Churn, Oxon(1)
21-Apr-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(8)
20-Apr-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
14-Apr-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
31-Mar-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
16-Mar-2013:Abingdon, Oxon(1)
10-Mar-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
09-Mar-2013:Abingdon, Oxon(1)
09-Mar-2013:Bagley Wood, Oxon(2)
03-Mar-2013:Cothill Fen, Oxon(1)
02-Mar-2013:Abingdon, Oxon(1)
23-Feb-2013:Abingdon, Oxon(1)
17-Feb-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
16-Feb-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
03-Feb-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
02-Feb-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
26-Jan-2013:Cholsey Marsh, Oxon(1)
20-Jan-2013:Abingdon, Oxon(1)
12-Jan-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)