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    Saw a red kite today just outside Brora. First one I've seen in a while; not sure how many are left in the highlands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    Saw a red kite today just outside Brora. First one I've seen in a while; not sure how many are left in the highlands?
    Millions, they were re introduced and the RSPB and Brahan Estate have a feeding station at Tollie not far from Conon Bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by williegunn View Post
    Millions, they were re introduced and the RSPB and Brahan Estate have a feeding station at Tollie not far from Conon Bridge.
    was that before they were poisoned at Maryburgh?they are making some sort of come back, we saw 4 on the way back from Dingwall, Contin way, beautiful birds, easker1

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    Quote Originally Posted by easker1 View Post
    was that before they were poisoned at Maryburgh?they are making some sort of come back, we saw 4 on the way back from Dingwall, Contin way, beautiful birds, easker1
    The suggestion I heard was that the poisoning arose by feeding infected meat. Certainly all the police investigations came to nought. Tipping off the press before raiding people's houses certainly had a touch of the Cliff Richards case about it, trial by media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    Saw a red kite today just outside Brora. First one I've seen in a while; not sure how many are left in the highlands?
    Majestic bird they are more plentiful than sparrows in the Chiltons.
    Never tire of seeing them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by williegunn View Post
    The suggestion I heard was that the poisoning arose by feeding infected meat. Certainly all the police investigations came to nought. Tipping off the press before raiding people's houses certainly had a touch of the Cliff Richards case about it, trial by media.
    I remember reading an article in NGO magazine a few years back which related to the first release of kites in the area and the resultant losses (80-90%), was along the lines of we have to hold our hands up for this.
    I was wondering if this has changed?

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    Watched a pair soaring at the back of the house yesterday, I think this milder weather we are experiencing, might be influencing our feathered friends to pairing up in preparation of producing some offspring.
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbs View Post
    Majestic bird they are more plentiful than sparrows in the Chiltons.
    Never tire of seeing them though.
    Around 35 pairs of young birds from the Chilterns were shipped up to Harewood House , north of Leeds . They formed the stock for a successful breeding programme and they are now a pretty common site around North Yorkshire and the dales . I’ve yet to drive to Harrogate from here without seeing at least one .

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    I saw 6-7 last week near Craven Arms Shropshire, a real joy, unfortunately I couldn’t pull over and get the binoculars out as it was a narrow road.

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    If you drive from Inverness to Contin.and don't see a few red kites,Your not looking.

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