Showing posts with label birds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birds. Show all posts

Red Kites

Only 20 years ago I had to travel to Wales to see red kites.

A majestic looking bird that feeds mainly on carrion and was once common all over London, and other cities where refuse was to be found! After years of persecution they had become extinct in England.

Then in 1989 and over the next few years 90 birds were reintroduced to England from Spanish stock. The birds were released in the Chilterns, and initially placed into wooden release pens on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border before being set free. The first successful breeding in the Chilterns took place in 1992, and since then numbers have steadily increased to approximately 400/500 breeding pairs. If you drive the M40 you will see red kites.

Other reintroduction programs continue but all are in the midlands and north of England and Scotland.

So I was thrilled to see a red kite on my way to work this morning. I live on the South coast and although we have lots of buzzards now, I’ve never seen a red kite this far south. I was so excited that I stopped the car and took some (pretty bad) photos! It was an exciting start to the morning and I shall be watching out in future and no longer assuming a large bird of prey is a buzzard, it would be lovely if red kites are breeding here in Sussex.

Find out more about the red kite at the RSPB Website

A Walk around Swanbourne Lake

What a gorgeous day we've had today. After yesterday's rain it was lovely to see the sun out, check the weather forcast and realise that it would last all day!

I slept in until 7.30am and woke to find hubby had got up at 4am and done 2 loads of washing. After a lazy breakfast of bagel and cream cheese, and a refreshing shower, I was all set by 9.30am and hubby and I decided to make the most of the day with a walk (teen remained resolutely in her room glued to her laptop)

We went to Arundel Park and walked around Swanbourne lake and it was beautiful. Warm and sunny enough, but with a slight chill that enabled a brisk walk without getting sweaty. We saw lots of ducks and geese of course, and I even spotted a cheeky stoat dashing about the path as we passed by.

Entry to the park is free and dogs are allowed on the public footpath bits (on a lead only). It's a lovely place for kids, and the whole family. We finished up with a coffee and cake at the lodge tea rooms, whilst watching the birds.

Lake and island arundel birds

coot swimming on clear water

swan and coot swimming

castle lodge huntung lodge on a hillside

tree roots
ferns moss and trees green

fallen twisted tree and lake

keep out deep mud sign lake

swanbourne lake arundel

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