April 6th   Leave a comment

I was on my way down to the south of England today and stopped at some services on the A1 in the midlands. There was a red kite above the road, being harassed by a carrion crow. It circled above me in the bright spring sunlight for several minutes above the hundreds of cars. Whenever I see a red kite I am cheered up. When I was a boy in the eighties there were only a handful left in obscure valleys in Wales, hiding from the persecution that removed them as one of the commonest birds of prey in the UK. But they have now been successfully reintroduced throughout the UK and I expect them to spread into Fife in the next few years. One was even seen a week ago near Wormit. It is a great conservation success story. It was unthinkable when I was a child that they should now be back, almost as the commonplace again.

Red kite - not back in Crail just yet but getting closer every year

Red kite – not back in Crail just yet but getting closer every year

Posted April 7, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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