South Downs Red Kite with a wing tag

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Good to see our favourite South Downs Red Kite this morning on the road out of Bepton. Even better, she doesn’t look any the worse for all the recent snow and bad weather.

If you look closely at the photo you’ll notice that this Red Kite has a green wing tag on her right wing and a yellow wing tag on her left wing (well you’ll have to take my word for the yellow tag!) – both marked with a large letter ‘D’. The wing tags identify this bird, where she was released and in what year.

She’s known as Sussex ‘D’, and she was released from Phillis Wood behind West Dean in West Sussex during a release programme on 17th June 2006. How good is that for a success story!

Raven chasing a Buzzard over The South Downs

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Sussex Raven and Buzzard

Just look at the size of this Raven chasing a Buzzard over Bepton this afternoon… Everything about this mighty crow explains why the Buzzard was heading off in the other direction as fast as possible! In all there were about six buzzards and a pair of Ravens.

And then, as luck would have it a Red Kite appeared. I know… bird life in and around Bepton is so boring sometimes…

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South Downs Red Kite with Wing Tags Letter ‘D’

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Red Kite Wing Tags

Ok, I know this photo is really poor quality, but it was taken from a very long way away!

It’s our old friend ‘D’. This Red Kite has wing tags on each wing which tell you where he was hatched and what year. The right wing tag is green, which lets you know what year the bird was hatched and fledged, the yellow wing tag on the left wing indicated where the bird was hatched. Different colours are used for different years and for different breeding populations.

We’ve been able to find out quite a lot about this Red Kite. Known as Sussex ‘D’, he was born in Phillis Woods, West Sussex in 2006 as part of a breeding and release programme, and was ringed, wing-tagged and fitted with a radio transmitter on 17th June 2006.

Here’s a couple of other photos of Red Kite Wing Tag ‘D’.

More Red Kites on the South Downs

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South Downs Red Kites

We’ve had some great views of the Red Kites in the last few weeks. They’re around most days, with anything from 1 to 3 birds at a time. This picture was taken on Sunday morning as the kite soared over the house and garden. How lucky are we?

The photo below is an interesting shot of a Red Kite which I took a couple of months ago. This bird was sitting in a tree some distance from me, so apologies for the poor quality and lack of focus — not one of my best photographs I’m afraid! Of interest is the green tag on this Red Kite’s wing. If you look carefully it has a Letter D printed on the tag. I guess this bird is part of the South Downs Red Kite release programme, so presumably it has some history…

Does anyone know anything more about Red Kite Green Wing Tag Letter D??? Please email me at simon@beptongrange.com… Would love to know more.

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Red Kites at Bepton and Cocking

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South Downs Red Kite

South Downs Red Kite

Very pleased to say Red Kites are alive and well, and flying gracefully over the South Downs near Bepton and Cocking in West Sussex. These are immigrant birds (probably from Spain, Germany or Sweden – does anyone know their origin?) which were reintroduced a few years ago to the South Downs at a secret location near West Dean. If you get close enough, you’ll see that they have green plastic wing tags. Hang out in Bepton for a couple of hours you’ll be pretty much guaranteed a view – 2 or 3 of them at a time. Great to see them taking to the skies! Almost as nice as seeing them sitting in a tree…