Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:01 PM
Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:23 PM
Historically they were urban birds and if the food is available I am sure that they will become so again. Give it a couple of years and the red tops will be telling us that they eat pets and are a danger to babies.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:17 PM
Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:11 PM
Probably because people have been feeding them. Once carnivores expect humans to feed them they can get quite agressive when food isn't forthcoming. This has been an issue with seagulls in several resorts over the years.
has already run an article on Red Kites bothering school children in Oxfordshire.
The fault is with the humans not with the animals
Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:40 PM
Might have been the same pair that we used to watch. Had one fly at roof level with my car,whilst going down a country lane to work.Trying to keep my eye on the road was hard.They are amamzing to watch.
Have a pair that fly over my house daily.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:54 AM
I agree with PeterC regarding feeding - my friend was quite content to toss out meat scraps until one bird swooped and scared her toddler grand-daughter. The bird meant no ill intent, by the way, and was itself alarmed to find the girl there.
I love to watch them, especially when a group wheels and swoops together.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:02 AM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:41 AM
I agree, they have a gorgeous whistling call.
What squawk do Red Kites have? I am sure that they have more a high pitched mew or almost a whistle, Definitely not a squawk
Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:57 PM
Thank you. While not exactly euphonious, it's far pleasanter than the noise I associate with red kites.
A recording of the call is available on the RSPB web site.
I wonder what does make the squawks I sometimes hear?
Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:21 PM