Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Species
Red Kite (Milvus milvus). Taken at Gigrin Farm, Powys, on May 4th 2019.
Taken at Gigrin Farm, Powys, on May 4th 2019.
(1/1600th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Red Kite (Milvus milvus). Taken at Gigrin Farm, Powys, on May 4th 2019.
Taken at Gigrin Farm, Powys, on May 4th 2019.
(1/800th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 61 - 72 cm; WS: 140 - 165 cm

The Red Kite is an elegant bird, soaring with long wings held at a dihedral, and long forked tail twisting as it changes direction. The body, upper tail and wing coverts are rufous. The white primary flight feathers contrast with the black wing tips and dark secondaries. The sexes are similar, although the female is larger and heavier.

In Britain the Red Kite became extinct in England and Scotland in the 1870s, and the breeding population became restricted to a handful of pairs in Wales before it began to recover. In 2004, at least 216 pairs were thought to have hatched eggs in Wales.

In 1989 six Swedish birds were released at a site in north Scotland and four Swedish and one Welsh bird in Buckinghamshire. Altogether, 93 birds of Swedish and Spanish origin were released at each of the sites. In the second stage of reintroduction in 1995 and 1996, further birds were brought over from Germany to populate the areas of Dumfries and Galloway, and the Derwent Valley.

The reintroductions in The Chilterns have been a particular success, with a now well-established strong population across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

The UK breeding population is estimated at 1000 pairs. It is amber status on the British list, due to its historical decline.

Sightings

17-Oct-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
28-Sep-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
29-Aug-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-Aug-2019 : Crookham Common, Berks (1)
22-Aug-2019 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (5+)
04-Aug-2019 : Greenham Common, Berks (2)
22-Jul-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-Jul-2019 : Watlington Hill, Oxon (1)
21-Jul-2019 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
10-Jul-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (4)
18-Jun-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
16-Jun-2019 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (2)
03-Jun-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
27-May-2019 : Lardon Chase, Berks (1)
24-May-2019 : Strathdearn, Highland (1)
14-May-2019 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
11-May-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
07-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-May-2019 : Gigrin Farm, Powys (200+)
04-May-2019 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (1)
03-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
02-May-2019 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
26-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Apr-2019 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (4+)
19-Apr-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (6+)
18-Apr-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
17-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Apr-2019 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (6+)
25-Mar-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (30+)
25-Mar-2019 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (2)
24-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-Mar-2019 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
23-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
27-Feb-2019 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (2)
26-Feb-2019 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (5)
25-Feb-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)
23-Feb-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
17-Feb-2019 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
14-Feb-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
11-Feb-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
09-Feb-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
20-Jan-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Jan-2019 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
09-Jan-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
08-Jan-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
01-Jan-2019 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)

22-Dec-2018 : Blewbury Downs, Oxon (1)
20-Dec-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
16-Dec-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
13-Dec-2018 : Buckland Warren, Oxon (1)
22-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
13-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
11-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
03-Nov-2018 : Buckland Warren, Oxon (3)
03-Nov-2018 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (4)
31-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Oct-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
27-Sep-2018 : Chimney Meadows, Oxon (1)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-Sep-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
07-Aug-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (3)
06-Aug-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
14-Jul-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (4)
12-Jul-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
10-Jul-2018 : Crookham Common, Berks (4)
09-Jul-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
01-Jul-2018 : Silchester Common, Hants (1)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
17-May-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (4)
15-May-2018 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (2)
15-May-2018 : Lardon Chase, Berks (2)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (4)
05-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (1)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (1)
04-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (3)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Apr-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
21-Apr-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (4+)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)
06-Apr-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (3)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
31-Mar-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (1)
25-Feb-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (2)
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (6)
17-Feb-2018 : Chalfont Park, Oxon (1)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
12-Feb-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
11-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon (1)
04-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
10-Jan-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
07-Jan-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-Jan-2018 : Ardington, Oxon (1)
01-Jan-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (2)

23-Dec-2017 : Lower Radley, Oxon (1)
30-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon (1)
26-Nov-2017 : Hitchcopse Pit, Oxon (2)
21-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
13-Nov-2017 : Highmoor, Oxon (10+)
12-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
08-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
06-Nov-2017 : Highmoor, Oxon (20+)
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (2)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
04-Oct-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
13-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
10-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
29-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (2)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
23-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (2)
15-Aug-2017 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
23-Jul-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon
24-Jun-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (20+)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
28-May-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
07-May-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
07-May-2017 : Lardon Chase, Berks (2)
01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Apr-2017 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
15-Apr-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Apr-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (5+)
01-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
19-Mar-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (2)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
04-Jan-2017 : Redbridge, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
27-Nov-2016 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
30-Jul-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (6)
23-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
16-Jul-2016 : Crookham Common, Berks (5)
07-Jul-2016 : Fermyn Wood, Northants (2)
30-Jun-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (4+)
19-Jun-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (2)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
27-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
22-May-2016 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (3)
22-May-2016 : Lardon Chase, Berks (3)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
07-May-2016 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-May-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (5+)
02-May-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
24-Apr-2016 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
20-Apr-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
10-Apr-2016 : Watlington Hill, Oxon
10-Apr-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon
09-Apr-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
03-Apr-2016 : Churn, Oxon (2)
03-Apr-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
01-Apr-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
30-Mar-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
28-Mar-2016 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
13-Mar-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (7)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Mar-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (3)
05-Mar-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
25-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
21-Feb-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
16-Jan-2016 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (4)
09-Jan-2016 : Lower Radley, Oxon (1)
04-Jan-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
04-Jan-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
08-Nov-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Aug-2015 : Yeosden Bank, Bucks (3+)
16-Aug-2015 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (1)
09-Aug-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (3)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Jun-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (3)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-May-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
25-May-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
04-May-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
18-Apr-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (4+)
18-Apr-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (3+)
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3+)
21-Mar-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
20-Mar-2015 : Oxford, Oxon (1)
07-Mar-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
04-Mar-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
01-Mar-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
18-Jan-2015 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (2)
17-Jan-2015 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)