Message from Julie Newblé:
I haven’t managed to get a photo but I’m sure I’ve seen a red kite in the country park the last few weeks.
Reply from Friends of Southwick Park:
Ooh! Lovely. Somebody else has noticed a big bird of prey that wasn’t a buzzard. Keep us posted.
I will try and get a photo so it can be confirmed but I’m pretty sure it is a kite, the local birds don’t like it being there at all.
Something that large that isn’t a buzzard is almost bound to be a red kite around here. Any kind of picture would be great; the shape is very distinctive.
I will try and get one. Hopefully there is two of them and they will nest.
That would be wonderful!
Mail from FoSCP to Ian Bushell:
Julie has messaged me that she thinks she has seen a red kite in the park over the last couple of weeks. Does this sound plausible? Somebody else has said they had seen a big bird of prey that wasn’t a buzzard and perhaps had a forked tail. Shall I write it up?
Mail from Ian Bushell:
Not seen or heard of any Red Kite sightings but that is not to say that they haven’t been over the park. As you know, they are very much a scavenger so most likely to be seen here during haymaking season. But they are all around the area – around Bath and Salisbury are constant sightings. There are always Buzzards over the park and we have a pair of Sparrowhawks and Kestrels.
Always write it up and see what response we get.
Any other sightings? We would love to put a red kite on our species lists.
If you see birds, insects, plants that you can’t identify, send us a picture and we will do our best to help.