Sighting: Red Kite

Thursday 16th April: Isolation Day 25

The weekend before we went into ‘lockdown’ I consider visiting Bwlch Nant yr Arian, the kite feeding centre about 10 miles out of town. In the end I decided I would wait and visit during the week instead when it would be more peaceful (no children!). Little did I know that the next day it and practically every other attraction and business would close for the foreseeable. There went my plans!

As it turns out I didn’t need to go any further than my own doorstep to witness these majestic birds and it seems I am not the only one. Over the past couple of week I have seen several red kites soaring over our house right here in Aberystwyth.


Circling the harbour high in the sky with scarcely a wingbeat it would be easy to miss them unless you happen to have your eyes on the sky. It is usually the sudden panicked flight of the smaller birds and a chorus of alarm calls which alerts you to their presence.

The gulls are not at all happy with the arrival of the kites!


The kites are however, of little threat, preferring to feed on carrion and perhaps surprisingly, earthworms rather than other birds.


Presumably the supplementary feeding given at Bwlch Nant yr Arian is still taking place, but it would appear that kites in general are being seen more and more around our urban areas, perhaps in search of new sources of food.

Or perhaps they have always been there and it’s only now we notice them, now that we find ourselves with more time to appreciate the nature around us…

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I have enjoyed watching how the Red Kite has returned some years ago in the 80’s we watch a few from a holiday cottage in the Brecons. Over the years they have spread and we now see a few in here in South Hampshire. I still get a thrill every time I spot one.


  2. Val says:

    They’re beautiful birds, thankfully less threatened with exctinction now than in the past, thanks to so many breeding centres. I visited one a few years ago, but we now have the birds flying over our house and the neighbouring fields and pastures, from time to time. It always draws us out with a camera, but our shots (mine and my husband’s) are nowhere near as good as yours.


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