Monday, 28 May 2012
Presumed Continental Red Kites on Anglesey
One of my biggest Bogey birds for Anglesey has been Red Kite. I've never been in the right place at the right time. On Saturday morning when I was in St Helens, even a lady I used to work with text me to tell me she was watching two Red Kites over Beaumaris at 9.20am! When I came back to Anglesey later that day as I came over the brow of the hill at Llanrhuddladd there were 2 Kites over the road, at last! I jumped out of the car and scanned around and to my amazement I could see 4 Kites at once and rattled off a few photos! A few passers by even stopped to enjoy the birds.
Next day I had another Red Kite as I walked out of my front door, amazing! I got a shot off. It was a Red kite but had 6 obvious fingers which I always thought was a feature of Black Kites? I've included some Black Kite photos but presume the Red Kite over my estate simply hadn't fully grown it's innermost primaries so it had 6 fingers (possible ID pitfall, so structure/colouration should be carefully noted too). Otherwise it was a typical Red Kite.
Over the weekend there were 3 at Llansadwrn on Friday, 2 Beaumaris, 4 Llanrhuddladd, 2 Llyn Llewenan, 2 Llanfair PG and 1 Malltraeth Marsh on Saturday with 1 at Cemaes on Sunday, amazing. Presumably these will be birds from the migratory northern European population that had been pushed west by a few days of Easterly winds into the UK and Anglesey!