We've had our first report of red kites copulating in the county. Spring definitely must be with us.
Good friend Sally Whale spotted a pair 'at it' in trees near Adel Church. She wasn't as lucky with the lighting as in previous years (see image at the bottom). We have though, a male and a slightly larger female.
With the large number of birds that we have on and around the Harewood Estate, and the influx of 'Lockdown' walkers that are using the paths, hopefully this will be the first of many sightings. Do use our Contact Form to report both this activity and any evidence of nest building that you see.
Just a reminder that red kites are a protected species so do give them space, and avoid announcing the presence of nests to the masses.
Articles in the magazine cover: Wildlife in Thixendale, Butterflies in East Yorkshire, Wildlife in the Avenues in Hull, Solitary Bees and Bumblebees of the Avenues, Wildlife at Tophill Low and North Cave Wetlands, The Renovation of Pearson Park in Hull, Red Kites in East Yorkshire, Gardening for Butterflies, The Great Creature Count in Yorkshire and How Trees Sustain Life.
Contributors are local naturalists and include: Nikki Abramson, Andrew Ashworth, Margaret Boyd, Sean Clough, Robert Fuller, Harriet Lawrence and Nigel Puckrin.
Each page has a unique selection of photographs. All photographs are identified where possible with the species, date and place.
Describes local wildlife in the Avenues in Kingston upon Hull, North Cave Wetlands, Pearson Park in Hull, Thixendale, Tophill Low and Yorkshire Wolds.
Every now and again we get sent an image and a query from further afield.
This time, the original information came to us from across the water in the Netherlands. A link to a report on a local birding website showed the sighting of a red kite (24th March 2020) with the wing tag "Orange 08X". There was also an accompanying photograph:
The bird was obviously NOT British by origin, but the tag's source was unknown.
We do love a mystery here at YRK, so decided to investigate further.