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I had a client in Mid Wales 20 years ago and I would make an excuse to go and visit so I could stand in her garden with a cuppa and watch the Red Kites wheeling about below us
I once had the pleasure of visiting Wormsley Park, the home of Sir Paul Getty, and saw red kites flying overhead there for the first time. Sir Paul was instrumental in their reintroduction to southern England around 1989.
I often see buzzards,wheeling around , riding the thermals. But it is the mewing sound that attracts attention first.
When i was on Hoilday in Norfolk, we saw a red kite .we had stop in a lay by near some fishing lakes or rivers and one was flying over head,lovely to see.
when we lived in Reading we were blessed with red kites wheeling in the sky above our house on a daily basis. It was wonderful & we missed them when we came back to conwy valley in north wales but over the last year we've seen a pair here too on occasion - brilliant!!
Yesterday we were eating our Sunday lunch in a riverside pub on the Norfolk Broads, and watching a young hen harrier performing acrobatics on the wind above the marshes
We are in Thame and they are a fantastic daily site - not that we should but occasionally put out the odd chicken carcass in winter and its amazing to sit and watch this beautiful bird come down to collect its supper
Our most common bird in the Chilterns. One day this summer I counted 54 wheeling around the valley below our garden. Very often when I walk up the garden, a kite will fly over me, peering down, and calling out with its squeaky mew. On a sunny afternoon the colours are glorious - just like a gigantic peacock butterfly.
They are well established in Dumfries & Galloway now. We have them in upper Nithsdale a glorious sight!
I live in the Berkshire area and have had as many as 5 soaring or flying really low above my garden. They are just amazing I love them.