Individual histories of Red Kites in the North East of England

The data and records between 2004 and July 2009 have been supplied by Northern Kites. During this period a lot of information on the kites was collected. The reason for this was that the red kites had radio transmitters fitted to them which made it much easier to track and identify them. To gather information on individual kites the Friends of Red Kites monitoring teams have to rely on visual sightings using telescopes and binoculars. The best time to do this is during spring when birds are preparing to breed, and at the autumn/winter roost.

Northern Kites released 20 kites in 2004, 41 kites in 2005 and 33 kites in 2006. Three kites were born in 2006, the first year of breeding. Since 2006 a further one hundred and nineteen red kites have fledged in the wild, with the total number of juveniles that have been wing tagged standing at over 85 birds.

To read their individual histories, click on the relevant section, which will  enable you to find the required details.

  

Kites born in 2016 (Wing tags K6 -L8)

Kites born in 2015 (Wing tags K0 - K5)

Kites born in 2014 (Wing tags H0 - J8) 

Kites born in 2013(Wing tags F7 - G6)

Kites born in 2012 (Wing tags F2 - F6)

Kites born in 2011 (Wing tags E3 - F1)

Kites born in 2010 (Wing tags D0 - E2)

Kites born in 2009 (Wing tags C3 - C6)

Kites born in 2008 (Wing tags B2 - C2)

Kites born in 2007 (A0 - B1+ R/PT2)

Kites released in 2006 (Wing tags 61 - 95 +O/G1)

Kites released in 2005 (Wing tags 21 - 45) 

Kites released in 2005 (Wing tags 46 - 60)

Kites released in 2004 (Wing tags 1 - 20)

  

 

 

Kites born in 2016 (Wing Tags K6 - L8)  

 

 

Kite No:

K6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WTC1 Angel  /  Mother - WT60 Welbeck Whistler

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTK6 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree. WTK6 was a single chick, there was also an unhatched egg in the nest. WTK6 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Gibside, Gateshead - at tagging

July 2016 - K6, newly fledged, was seen flying strongly near the nest site with parents close by.

August 2016 - K6 was identified on one occasion near Lockhaugh Farm with WT15 Red Philip and some other kites. 

October 2016 - K6 was identified perched on a pylon at Sherburn Towers with WTA2 Silky Striker and an untagged juvenile, he then moved over to Thornley Kennels to join the pre-roost with a further eight kites. 

December 2016 - K6 was identified on one occasion perched in a tree near Thornley Kennels where WT15 Red Philip and WT76 Chester were also seen nearby. 

February 2017 - K6 was identified on one occasion whilst perched and calling from a tree behind Lintzford Garden Centre, one of the territorial pair was close by. 

 

 

Kite No:

K7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Spen Banks Wood, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT59 Crookhill Blaze  /  Mother - UnKnown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

  Latest Sighting:

When WTK7 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree. The nest contained a white cloth and tissue, a brown mat and a woollen glove. WTK7 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged K8. WTK7 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2016 - Spen Banks, Gateshead - at tagging

July 2016 - K7 and K8, newly fledged, were seen flying and perched in and around their nest site.

January 2017 - K7 was identified on one occasion flying at the pre-roost near Victoria Garesfield. 

 

 

Kite No:

K8

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Spen Banks Wood, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT59 Crookhill Blaze  /  Mother - UnKnown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

When WTK8 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree. The nest contained a white cloth and tissue, a brown mat and a woollen glove. WTK8 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged K7. WTK8 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2016 - Spen Banks, Gateshead - at tagging

July 2016 - K8 and K7, newly fledged, were seen flying and perched in and around their nest site.

September 2016 - K8 was identified at a pre-roost gathering near Thornley Kennels, Rowlands Gill of eight kites including several other juveniles.

 

 

Kite No:

K9

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Sunniside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - UnKnown  /  Mother - UnKnown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 Latest Sighting:

When WTK9 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. The nest contained brown matting, a brown teddy, a jumper, and the remains of a pheasant and magpie. WTK9 was a single chick. WTK9 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2016 - Sunniside, Gateshead - at tagging, later in the month K9 was found grounded at the bottom of the nest tree and taken in to re-hab suffering a minor wing injury.

July 2016 - K9 was released a couple of weeks later near the nest tree, and was seen the following day perched high on a tree stump with a parent circling overhead.

August 2016 - K9 has been seen on several oocasions this month around the nest wood.

September 2016 - K9 was identified coming in to roost with a total of 10 kites in the area around the Nine Arches Viaduct. K9 was again identified later in the month at a pre-roost gathering near Thornley Kennels, Rowlands Gill of eight kites including several other juveniles.

October 2016 - K9 was identified on one occasion coming in to the main roost area near then Nine Arches Viaduct in the company of 15 other kites, three of these also being tagged H0, H5 and L6.

 

 

 

Kite No:

 L0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Urpeth, Team Valley, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT UnTagged  /  Mother - WT UnTagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTL0 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. The nest contained a white cloth and the remains of a jackdaw. WTL0 was one of three chicks, the second was tagged L1, the third chick was ringed only. WTL0 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Urpeth,Team Valley, Gateshead - at tagging

August 2016 - at the beginning of the month L0 and L1 were seen flying with their untagged sibling and parents near the nest wood.  

October 2016 - L0 was seen on two occasions - early in the month at the roost near Hamsterley Hall with four other untagged kites, and in the middle of the month he was identified flying near Hisehope Reservoir, Mugglswick Common with two other kites nearby.

February 2017 - L0 was identified on one occasion at Derwentcote, with an adult bird near by.

 

 

Kite No:

L1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Urpeth, Team Valley, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT UnTagged  /  Mother - WT UnTagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

 

When WTL1 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. The nest contained a white cloth and the remains of a jackdaw. WTL1 was one of three chicks, the second was tagged L0, the third chick was ringed only. WTL1 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Urpeth,Team Valley, Gateshead - at tagging

August 2016 - at the beginning of the month L1 and L0 were seen flying with their untagged sibling and parents near the nest wood.

December 2016 - L1 was identified on one occasion at the Hamsterley Hall roost in the company of 30 kites - K3, L4 and L6 were also identified here on the same occasion.

January 2017 - L1 was identified on one occasion at the Hamsterley Hall pre-roost, H0 and L6 were also identified here on the same occasion with 14 other kites. 

 

 

Kite No:

L2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT UnTagged  /  Mother - WT UnTagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTL2 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree.  WTL2 was one of three chicks, the second and third were tagged L3 and L4. WTL2 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham - at tagging

July 2016 - L2, newly fledged, was seen flying and perched in and around the nest site.

August 2016 - L2 was identified from a photograph flying over the moors south of Edmundbyers.

August 2016 - L2 was again seen near Edmundbyers, Co Durham at the end of August.

September 2016 - L2 was identified at a pre-roost gathering near Thornley Kennels, Rowlands Gill of eight kites including several other juveniles.

October 2016 - L2 was once again identified near Thornley Kennels, Rowlands Gill as he had been last month.

January 2017 - L2 was identified on one occasion at the pre-roost near Hollinside Manor, perched on a pylon. A7 Icarus and F9 Arrow were also identified here at the same time. A total of 21 kites eventually came in to roost in this area.

 

 

Kite No:

L3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT UnTagged  /  Mother - WT UnTagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTL3 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree.  WTL3 was one of three chicks, the second and third were tagged L2 and L4. WTL3 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham - at tagging

 

 

 

Kite No:

L4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - UnTagged /  Mother - UnTagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTL4 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree.  WTL4 was one of three chicks, the second and third were tagged L2 and L3. WTL4 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham - at tagging

December 2016 - L4 was identified on one occasion at the Hamsterley Hall roost in the company of 30 kites - K3, L1 and L6 were also identified here on the same occasion. 

January 2017 - L4 was identified on one occasion at the pre-roost near the Nine Arches Viaduct. A total of 52 kites eventually came in to roost in this area. 

 

 

Kite No:

L5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Derwentcote South, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT63 Polo  /  Mother - WT89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTL5 was tagged, the nest was found in an Oak tree. The nest contained a white cloth and a dead rat. WTL5 was one of three chicks, the second and third were tagged L6 and L7. WTL5 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Derwentcote North, Co Durham - at tagging

July 2016 - early in the month L5 and L6, newly fledged, were seen flying and perched in and around their nest site. L5 was identified from a photograph later in the month, foraging over the moors near Muggleswick.

 

 

 

Kite No:

L6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Derwentcote South, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT63 Polo   /  Mother - WT89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTL6 was tagged, the nest was found in an Oak tree. The nest contained a white cloth and a dead rat. WTL6 was one of three chicks, the second and third were tagged L5 and L7. WTL6 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Derwentcote North, Co Durham - at tagging

July 2016 - early in the month L6 and L5, newly fledged, were seen flying and perched in and around their nest site.

September 2016 - L6 was identified coming in to roost with a total of 10 kites in the area around the Nine Arches Viaduct.

October 2016 - L6 was identified on one occasion coming in to the main roost area near then Nine Arches Viaduct in the company of 15 other kites, three of these also being tagged H0, H5, and K9. 

December 201 - L6 was identified on one occasion at the Hamsterley Hall roost in the company of 30 kites - K3, L1 and L4 were also identified here on the same occasion. 

January 2017 - L6 was identified on one occasion at the Hamsterley Hall pre-roost, HO and L1 were also identified here on the same occasion with 14 other kites. 

 

 

Kite No:

L7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Derwentcote South, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT63 Polo   /  Mother - WT89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTL7 was tagged, the nest was found in an Oak tree. The nest contained a white cloth and a dead rat. WTL7 was one of three chicks, the second and third were tagged L5 and L6. WTL7 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2016 - Derwentcote North, Co Durham - at tagging

July 2016 - L7 was identified from a photograph later in the month, foraging over the moors near Muggleswick. 

 

 

Kite No:

L8

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2016 Stocksfield, Northumberland

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT UnTagged  /  Mother - WT UnTagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTL8 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree. The nest contained the remains of a rabbit, bailer twine and a blue rubber glove. WTL8 was one of two chicks, the second chick was ringed only. WTL8 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2016 - Stocksfield, Northumberland - at tagging

August 2016 - At the begginning of the month L8, the sibling and the female parent were seen flying near the nest wood. 

 

 

 

Kites Born in 2015 (Wing tags K0-K5) 

Kite No:

K0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2015 Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - Unconfirmed  /  Mother - Untagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

When WTK0 was tagged, the nest was found in a Beech tree. K0 was one of four chicks (a first for our project), the other three were ringed only as too small to tag.  The nest contained a teddy bear and a black hairband. WTK0 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2015 - Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham - at tagging

July 2015 - K0 was seen flying in a family group with the two adults and his three siblings over the nest wood at Hamsterley Hall. 

January 2016 - K0 was identified from a photograph on one occasion at Sherburn Towers, foraging over the housing estate. 

 

 

Kite No:

K1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2015 Causey Gill, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - Untagged  /  Mother - Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

 

When WTK1 was tagged, the nest, in a Sycamore tree, was found to contain a piece of brown carpet and a white sheet of paper. WTK1 was one of three chicks, the second was tagged K2, the third chick was ringed only.  WTK1 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2015 - Causey Gill, Co Durham - at tagging

July 2015 - Two juvenile kites were seen flying under the canopy at Causey Gill, with the male flying overhead. Two of the three chicks here were tagged - K1 & K2, therefore at least one had to be a tagged chick.

 

 

Kite No:

K2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2015 Causey Gill, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - Untagged  /  Mother - Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTK2 was tagged, the nest, in a Sycamore tree, was found to contain a piece of brown carpet and a white sheet of paper. WTK2 was one of three chicks, the second was tagged K1, the third chick was ringed only.  WTK2 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2015 - Causey Gill, Co Durham - at tagging

July 2015 - Two juvenile kites were seen flying under the canopy at Causey Gill, with the male flying overhead. Two of the three chicks here were tagged - K1 & K2, therefore at least one had to be a tagged chick.

 

 

Kite No:

K3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2015 Chopwell Woods, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - Unknown  /  Mother - Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTK3 was tagged, the nest in a Japanese Larch tree, was found to contain a small piece of brown carpet and a piece of white cloth as decoration. WTK3 was one of two chicks, the second chick was tagged K4.  WTK3 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2015 - Chopwell Woods, Gateshead - at tagging

July 2015 - The two chicks K3 & K4, have fledged and were seen flying above the nest wood at Chopwell Woods.

October 2015 - K3 was identified at the winter roost near Victoria Garesfield, in the company of eleven other kites. One of these was identified as a Dumfries & Galloway kite Green/Purple 4 - who has previously been seen at our winter roosts in both 2007 and 2008. Its sibling K4 was also seen recently.

November 2015 - K3 was identified at the winter roost near Victoria Garesfield, in the company of nine other kites.  

February 2016 -  K3 was identified once from a photograph whilst foraging above Ebchester. 

May 2016 -  K3 was identified whilst perched above the nest in Chopwell Woods that he fledged from last year.

 December 2016 - K3 was identified on one occasion at the Hamsterley Hall roost in the company of 30 kites - L1, L4 and L6 were also identified here on the same occasion.

 

 

Kite No:

K4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2015 Chopwell Woods, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - Unknown  /  Mother - Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

 

When WTK4 was tagged, the nest in a Japanese Larch tree, was found to contain a small piece of brown carpet and a piece of white cloth as decoration. WTK4 was one of two chicks, the second chick was tagged K3.  WTK4 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2015 - Chopwell Woods, Gateshead - at tagging

July 2015 - The two chicks K3 & K4, have fledged and were seen flying above the nest wood at Chopwell Woods.

September 2015 - K4 was identified at the winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadow and Hollinside Manor with fourteen other kites on the 28th of the month.

 

 

Kite No:

K5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2015 Hollinside Manor,Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT 42 Thunderbird  /  Mother - WT 16 Flag

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

 

When WTK5 - an only chick - was tagged, the nest was found in a Silver Birch tree.  The remains of 2 grey squirrels were found in the nest. WTK5 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2015 - Hollinside Manor, Gateshead - at tagging

November 2015 - K5 was identified during a pre-roost flight at the main winter roost near the Nine Arches Viaduct.  A total of 41 kites were counted in to the roost at Gibside that night. 

December 2015 - K5 was identified perched on a pylon with six other kites near the Nine Arches Viaduct. A total of 39 kites were counted in to the roost at Gibside that night

January 2017 - K5 was identified on one occasion at the pre-roost near Hollinside Manor, perched in a tree. A total of 30 kites eventually came in to roost in this area. 

 

Kites born in 2014 ( Wing tags H0 - J8)

 

 

 

Kite No:

H0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - UnK  /  Mother - WTD4 Zola

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTH0 was tagged, the nest was found in a European Larch tree. The nest contained some carrion and at 25 metres was the highest nest we have ever climbed to. WTH0 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged H1. WTH0 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2014 - Gibside, Gateshead - at tagging

October 2014 - H0 has twice been seen at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows, in Gateshead's Derwent Country Park

November 2014 - H0 was seen once at the pre-roost  from the Nine Arches Viaduct in the company of D5 and G3. 41 kites were counted in to the roost that night

January 2015 - H0 was seen once  roosting near Hollinside Manor with 20 other kites. 5 kites had pre roosted in the pylon close by.

April 2015 - H0 was identified from a photograph near Thornley Nurseries.  

May 2015 - H0 was seen flying and then perched in woodland close to Muggleswick, Co Durham.

October 2015 - H0 was identified at the winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows, in the company of at least nineteen other kites.

February 2016 - H0 was identified on one occasion whilst feeding in ploughed fields west of Burnopfield with a total of up to six kites.

 October 2016 - H0 was identified on one occasion coming in to the main roost area near then Nine Arches Viaduct in the company of 15 other kites, three of these also being tagged H5, K9 and L6.

January 2017 - H0 was identified on one occasion at the Hamsterley Hall pre-roost, L1 and L6 were also identified here on the same occasion with 14 other kites.

 

 

Kite No:

H1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - UnK  /  Mother - WTD4 Zola

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

When WTH1 was tagged, the nest was found in a European Larch tree. The nest contained some carrion and at 25 metres was the highest nest we have ever climbed to. WTH1 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged H0. WTH1 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

June 2014 - Gibside, Gateshead - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

H2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Derwentcote North, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT63 Polo  /  Mother - WT89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTH2 was tagged, the nest was found in an Oak tree. WTH2 was one of three chicks, the second was tagged H3, the third chick was ringed only. WTH2 can only be identified by a

visual sighting.  

June 2014 - Derwentcote North, Co Durham - at tagging

December 2014 - H2 was seen three times this month at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with up to thirteen other kites. The first sightings since being tagged in the summer. 

April 2016 - WT H2 and WT B7 Crimson Ray were identified south of Burnhope Wood near Muggleswick. H2 was carrying what appeared to be nesting material, although no territory was subsequently confirmed in the area. 

May 2016 -  H2 was identified from a photograph, whilst flying over Muggleswick in Co. Durham.

October 2016 - H2 was seen on one occasion near Thornley Kennels with other kites including WT15 Red Philip, they were mostly focused on feeding on worms in a recently ploughed field.

 

 

Kite No:

H3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Derwentcote North, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT63 Polo  /  Mother - WT89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

When WTH3 was tagged, the nest was found in an Oak tree. WTH3 was one of three chicks, the second was tagged H2, the third chick was ringed only. WTH3 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

A report was received on the 28th September 2014 saying that H3 had been noted over Muggleswick in Co Durham in the company of several other kites including juveniles over the last few weeks.

December 2014 - H3 was seen once this month at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with upto thirteen other kites.

 

 

Kite No:

 H4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Sunniside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTH4 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTH4 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged H5. WTH4 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2014 - Sunniside, Gateshead - at tagging

December 2014 - H4 was seen once this month at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with upto thirteen other kites. The first sighting since being tagged in the summer.

February 2016 - H4 was identified on one occasion whilst feeding in ploughed fields west of Burnopfield with a total of up to six kites. 

 

 

Kite No:

H5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Sunniside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTH5 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTH5 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged H4. WTH5 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

4th September 2014 - Identified at Crawleyside, above Stanhope with another untagged kite

October 2014 - H5 was noted on 4 occasions at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows in Gateshead's Derwent Country Park with between 20 - 40 other kites.

December 2014 - H5 was seen three times this month. Once over Burdon Moor near Sunniside (near it's natal site) and twice at the  pre-roost at Hollinside Manor, with upto 37 kites coming in to the main roost.

April 2015 - H5 was identified from a photograph near Thornley Nurseries 

June 2015 - H5 was found grounded and bedraggled in a garden in Rowlands Gill. After a quick trip to the Vet's to confirm there were no injuries, H5 was kept in re-hab for three days after which, being fully recovered, he was released into the wild again.

August 2015 - H5 was identified once whilst perched in a tree near Hollinside.

February 2016 - H5 was identified on one occasion whilst feeding in ploughed fields west of Burnopfield with a total of up to six kites. 

August 2016 - H5 was identified at the beginning of the month, flying along the ridge of Muggleswick Common, south of Edmundbyers 

September 2016 - H5 was identified from a photograph perched on a pylon in the pouring rain near Lockhaugh Farm in the Derwent Valley. 

October 2016 - H5 was identified on one occasion coming in to the main roost area near then Nine Arches Viaduct in the company of 15 other kites, three of these also being tagged H0, K9 and L6. 

November 2016 - H5 was identified on one occasion at a small roost of fourteen kites at Lockhaugh Meadow, where he was identified perched on a pylon. 

January 2017 - H5 was identified on one occasion sitting in a tree at Lockhaugh, duetting and clearly paired with an untagged kite. 

 

 

Kite No:

H6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Causey Gill, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTH6 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. The nest contained some carrion and a purple glove with white spots. WTH6 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged H7. WTH6 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2014 - Causey Gill, Co Durham - at tagging

A report was received on the 28th September 2014 saying that H6 had been noted over Muggleswick in Co Durham in the company of several other kites including juveniles over the last few weeks.

January 2016 - H6 was identified  on one occasion at Sherburn Towers pre-roost in the company of several other kites, including a kite from Mid Scotland tagged Red/Green 4.

 

 

Kite No:

H7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Causey Gill, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

When WTH7 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. The nest contained some carrion and a purple glove with white spots. WTH7 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged H6. WTH7 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

June 2014 - Causey Gill, Co Durham - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

H8

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Cappy Scar, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT 76 Chester /  Mother - WT 32 Red Arrow

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTH8 was tagged, the nest was found in a Cherry tree. The nest contained a plastic carrier bag and one infertile egg. WTH8 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged H9. WTH8 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  .

June 2014 - Cappy Scar, Gateshead - at tagging

October 2014 - H8 was identified at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows in Gateshead's Derwent Country Park on one occasion in the company of 35 other kites.

December 2014 - H8 was seen twice this month at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with upto thirteen other kites.

January 2015 - H8 was seen once at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield. One of 26 kites seen at the pre roost that night.

February 2017 – H8 was identified on one occasion whilst perched and calling from a tree behind Lintzford Garden Centre, one of the territorial pair was close by. 

 

 

Kite No:

H9

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Cappy Scar, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT 76 Chester /  Mother - WT 32 Red Arrow

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTH9 was tagged, the nest was found in a Cherry tree. The nest contained a plastic carrier bag and one infertile egg. WTH9 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged H8. WTH9 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

June 2014 - Cappy Scar, Gateshead - at tagging 

 

 

Kite No:

J0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT A6 Sedgefield Blaze  /  Mother - WT Untagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTJ0 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree. The nest contained some carrion and a grey teddy bear with a blue nose. WTJ0 was a single chick. WTJ0 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

A6 was found injured in May and spent approximately 4 weeks in re-hab. before being released back on his Territory. The female was given supplementary feeding to enable her to successfully fledge her chick.

31st August 2014 - Seen with two other kites near Edmundbyers

March 2016 -  J0 was identified from a photograph, acting territorially over Pontburn Wood near Hamsterley Hall.


 

 

 

Kite No:

J1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Hollinside Manor, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT 42 Thunderbird  /  Mother - WT 16 Flag

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

  

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTJ1 was tagged, the nest was found in a Silver Birch tree. The nest contained some carrion and white clothes. WTJ1 was a single chick. WTJ1 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2014 - Hollinside Manor, Gateshead - at tagging

October 2014 - J1 was identified at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows in Gateshead's Derwent Country Park on two occasions in the company of over 20 other kites.

December 2014 - J1 was found deceased on the moors near Edmundbyers and Muggleswick. The circumstances appeared suspicious so he was sent for a post mortem that subsequently confirmed illegal poisoning by Carbofuran - a chemical banned since 2002 

 

 

Kite No:

J2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Bradley Hall, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Unknown  /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTJ2 was tagged, the nest was found in a Beech tree. WTJ2 was one of three chicks, the second was tagged J3, the third chick was ringed only. WTJ2 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

June 2014 - Bradley Hall, Gateshead - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

J3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Bradley Hall, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Unknown  /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTJ3 was tagged, the nest was found in a Beech tree. WTJ3 was one of three chicks, the second was tagged J2, the third chick was ringed only. WTJ3 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

June 2014 - Bradley Hall, Gateshead - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

J4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Paddock Hill, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT 43 Swift

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

When WTJ4 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTJ4 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged J5. WTJ4 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2014 - Paddock Hill, Gateshead - at tagging

A report was received on the 28th September 2014 saying that J4 had been noted over Muggleswick in Co Durham in the company of several other kites including juveniles over the last few weeks.

October 2014 - 4 was identified at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows in Gateshead's Derwent Country Park on four occasions in the company of over 35 other kites, and also at the pre-roost at Hollinside Manor.

December 2014 - J4 was seen twice this month at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with up to thirteen other kites.

February 2015 - J4 and J6 were identified together with a third untagged kite, foraging for food over a farm near Barlow Burn. 

 

 

Kite No:

J5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Paddock Hill, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT 43 Swift

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

When WTJ5 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTJ5 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged J4. WTJ5 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2014 - Paddock Hill, Gateshead - at tagging

October 2014 - J5 was identified at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows in Gateshead's Derwent Country Park on two occasions in the company of upto 35 other kites.

December 2014 - J5 was seen once this month pre-roosting in an Oak tree at Highfield near Rowlands Gill with thirteen other kites.

February 2015 - J5 was one of a pair of kites seeing off a third kite at the west end of Burnopfield. This was possible first year territory holding behaviour 

January 2016 - J5 was identified  on one occasion at Sherburn Towers pre-roost in the company of several other kites, including a kite from Mid Scotland tagged Red/Green 4. 

 

 

Kite No:

J6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Axwell Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Unknown  /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTJ6 was tagged, the nest was found in a dead Larch tree. WTJ6 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged J7. WTJ6 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  Early July the two chicks were still at the nest site.

July 2014 - Axwell Park, Gateshead - at tagging

October 2014 - J6 was identified at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows in Gateshead's Derwent Country Park on two occasions in the company of upto 35 other kites.

December 2014 - J6 was seen three times this month. Once pre-roosting in an Oak tree at Highfield near Rowlands Gill with thirteen other kites, once at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with upto thirteen other kites, and once at the  pre-roost at Hollinside Manor, with around 37 kites coming in to the main roost.

February 2015 - J6 and J4 were identified together with a third untagged kite, foraging for food over a farm near Barlow Burn. 

January 2016 - J6 was identified  on three occasions at Sherburn Towers, on one occasion identified from a photograph foraging over the fields, and on the other occasions at the pre-roost, once with approximately 20 kites passed through here on their way to roost.

February 2016 - J6 was identified on one occasion at a pre-roost gathering at Sherburn Towers with eight other kites, mostly juveniles.

 

 

Kite No:

J7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Axwell Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Unknown  /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTJ7 was tagged, the nest was found in a dead Larch tree. WTJ7 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged J6. WTJ7 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  Early July the two chicks were still at the nest site.

July 2014 - Axwell Park, Gateshead - at tagging

October 2014 - J7 was identified at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows in Gateshead's Derwent Country Park on one occasion in the company of up to 35 other kites.

June 2015 - J7 was amazingly identified at St Ives in Cornwall. There is an increasing number of kites gathering in that area year on year with numbers approaching 200 at this year's roost gathering.

January 2017 - J7 was identified from a photograph flying near Harrogate in Yorkshire. He was previously seen at St Ives in Cornwall in June 2015 so quite a traveller.

 

 

Kite No:

J8

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2014 Team Valley, Urpeth, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT Unknown /  Mother - WT Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

When WTJ8 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. The nest contained a white pillow case. WTJ8 was one of two chicks, the second was not ringed or tagged. WTJ8 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  J8 was seen flying with sibling and parents near the nest site in July 2014.

July 2014 - Team Valley, Urpeth, Gateshead

 

 

 

 

  


  Kites born in 2013 (Wing tags F7 - G6)

Kite No:

F7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2013 Spen Banks, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT59 Crookhill Blaze  /  Mother - WT24 Starfire

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting

When WTF7 was tagged, the nest was found in a Larch tree. WTF7 was the only chick in the nest. It can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

21st October 2013 - One of 25 kites that came to roost in Paddock Hill, Gateshead Country Park

F7 was seen on three occasions in November 2013 and once in December 2013 at the main winter roost near the Nine Arches Viaduct

29th December 2013 - One of 44 kites that came in to roost in Lockhaugh Meadows, Gateshead Derwent Country Park 

December 2014 - Having not been seen for a year, F7 was seen twice this month. Once pre-roosting in an Oak tree at Highfield near Rowlands Gill with thirteen other kites, and then at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with eleven other kites.

March 2016 - A Pink/Yellow tagged kite thought to be F7 (from a photograph) came out of Hamsterley Mill estate to defend territory against a kite coming from Hamsterley Hall. 


 


 

Kite No:

F8

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2013 Lintzford, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WTA7 Icarus  /  Mother - WTB0 Excalibur

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTF8 was tagged, the nest in a Spruce tree, was found to contain a black builders glove. WTF8 was one of three chicks, one tagged F9 and one ringed only. WTF8 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2013 - Lintzford, Co Durham - at tagging

F8 was seen on three occasions in November 2013 at the main winter roost near the Nine Arches Viaduct in Gateshead's Country Park

 

 

Kite No:

F9

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

Kite Name:

Arrow

Born:

2013 Lintzford, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WTA7 Icarus  /  Mother - WTB0 Excalibur

Befriend a Kite School:

 Rowlands Gill Primary School

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTF9 was tagged, the nest in a Spruce tree, was found to contain a black builders glove. WTF9 was one of three chicks, one tagged F8 and one ringed only. WTF9 can only be identified by a visual sighting. F9 has been sighted at roost occasionally throughout the winter

February 2014 - In the main roost at Lockhaugh Meadow

14th April 2014 - seen with 4 other kites at Rowlands Gill

December 2014 - F9 was seen once this month at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with eleven other kites.

March 2015 - F9 was identified from a photograph flying at Rowlands Gill viaduct.April 2015 - F9 was again identified from a photograph whilst perched in a garden in Rowlands Gill 

January 2017 - Arrow was identified on one occasion at the pre-roost near Hollinside Manor, perched on a pylon. A7 Icarus and L2 were also identified here at the same time. A total of 21 kites eventually came in to roost in this area. 

 

 

Kite No:

G0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2013 Rowlands Gill, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WTB6 Golden Glider  /  Mother - WT44 Morgan

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

When WTG0 was tagged, the nest was found in a Japanese Larch tree. WTG0 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged G1. WTG0 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

Latest Sighting:

June 2013 - Rowlands Gill, Gateshead - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

G1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2013 Rowlands Gill, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WTB6 Golden Glider  /  Mother - WT44 Morgan

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

Latest Sighting: 

When WTG1 was tagged, the nest was found in a Japanese Larch tree. WTG1 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged G0. WTG1 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

June 2013 - Rowlands Gill, Gateshead - at tagging

   

Kite No:

G2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2013 Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WTA6 Sedgefield Blaze  /  Mother - WT Untagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

When WTG2 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree. WTG2 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged G3. WTG2 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

Latest Sighting:

June 2013 - Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham - at tagging

 

Kite No:

G3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2013 Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WTA6 Sedgefield Blaze  /  Mother - WT Untagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTG3 was tagged, the nest was found in a Scots Pine tree. WTG3 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged G2. WTG3 can only be identified by a visual sighting. 

June 2013 - Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham - at tagging

October 2014 - G3 has twice been seen at the main winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows, in Gateshead's Derwent Coutry Park

November 2014 - G3 was seen once at the pre-roost from the Nine Arches Viaduct in the company of D5 and H0. 41 kites were counted in to the roost that night

December 2014 - G3 was seen three times this month. Once pre-roosting in an Oak tree at Highfield near Rowlands Gill with thirteen other kites, and twice at the new winter roost at Victoria Garesfield with upto thirteen other kites.

March 2015 - G3 was identified flying low and displaying with an untagged kite near Highfield 

Kite No:

G4

 

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

 

Kite Name:

No name given

 

Born:

2013 Causey Gill, Co Durham

 

Male/Female:

Unknown

 

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT Unknown

 

Befriend a Kite School:

 

 

Brief Summary:

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTG4 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTG4 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged G5. WTG4 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.June

2013 - Causey Gill, Co Durham - at tagging

 

     

Kite No:

G5

 

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

 

Kite Name:

No name given

 

Born:

2013 Causey Gill, Co Durham

 

Male/Female:

Unknown

 

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT Unknown

 

Befriend a Kite School:

 

 

Brief Summary:

 

Latest Sighting:

When WTG5 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTG5 was one of two chicks, the second was tagged G4. WTG5 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

June 2013 - Causey Gill, Co Durham - at tagging

 



 

 

Kite No:

G6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Yellow

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2013 Hollinside, Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT42 Thunderbird  /  Mother - WT16 Flag

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

Latest Sighting:

 

 

When WTG6 was tagged, the nest was found in a Birch tree. WTG6 was one of two chicks, the second was ringed only. WTG6 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  There have been no sightings since.

June 2013 - Hollinside, Derwent Park, Gateshead - at tagging

    Kites born in  2012 (Wing tags F2 - F6)

Kite No:

F2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Red

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2012 Causey Gill, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT84 Shiver  /  Mother - WTT2 Trunkle

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTF2 was tagged, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTF2's mother is a 2007 kite from the mid Scotland project, her wing tags are Red and Purple. WTF2 can only be identified by a visual sighting. There have been no sightings since.

Sadly WTF2's father Shiver, was found washed up on the beach at Redcar in July 2012.

June 2012 - Causey Gill, Co Durham - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

F3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Red

Kite Name:

Fiona Firefly

Born:

2012 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT15 Red Philip  /  Mother - WT43 Swift

Befriend a Kite School:

St Patrick's RCVA Primary School Dipton

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTF3 was tagged, the nest, in a Sycamore tree, was found to contain a fingerless glove and a white sock as decoration. WTF3 can only be identified by a visual sighting. WTF3, being an only chick, was regularly noted being  well fed at the nest during July 2012. There have been no sightings since.

July 2012 - Paddock Hill, Derwent Park, Gateshead

03/11/2012 - Id'd from photograph whilst perched at pre roost.

11/11/2012 - one of the first kites into the pre roost between Hollinside Manor and Paddock Hill. Perched with Black Isle juvenile Blue/ Red 8P 

January 2013 - recorded in the main roost gathering at Paddock Hill, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

F4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Red

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2012 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WTC1 Angel  /  Mother - WT60 Welbeck Whistler

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTF4 was tagged, the nest in a Scots pine tree, was found to contain a jumper as decoration. WTF4 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  

June 2012 - Gibside, Gateshead - at tagging.

21/12/2012 - Identified at the pre roost gathering, Paddock Hill

25/ 12/2012 - noted at the pre roost gathering, Paddock Hill. 

Noted at the winter roost a total of five times in December 2012

10/01/2013 - recorded at the main roost at Paddock Hill.

Early February 2013 -- recorded twice at the main roost at Paddock Hill. 

28/03/2013 - perched in the Derwent Gorge, east of Muggleswick

 

 

Kite No:

F5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Red

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2012 Rowlands Gill, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT53 Winlaton Blaze  /  Mother - Unknown

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

When WTF5 was tagged, the nest in a Sycamore tree, was found to contain a white cloth as decoration. WTF5 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  WTF5 was seen in July 2012 perched in a tree at Gibside, being 'buzzed' by WT76. 

April 2015 - F5 was identified from a photograph flying at Hagg Hill farm near Winlaton Mill.

 

 

Kite No:

F6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Red

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2012 Derwentcote, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT 63 Polo  /  Mother - WT 89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting

When WTF6 was tagged, the nest was found in a dead Larch tree. WTF6 was found at the bottom of the nest tree before fledging, and was taken into re-hab for a few weeks, until fit enough to release. There had been two other chicks in the nest, one of which died, and the other fledged naturally and was untagged. WTF6 can only be identified by a visual sighting.  WTF6 was photographed the day after its re-release with another family of kites. There were no sightings of this juvenile for several weeks until it turned up at the roost site and been recorded several times in the October and November roosts

12th November 2012 - Paddock Hill Roost, Gateshead 

4th February 2013 - Paddock Hill Roost, Derwent Country Park,Gateshead

 

 

 

 

 Kites born in 2011 (Wing tags  E3 - F1)

 

Kite No:

E3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

Fireball

Born:

2011 Beda Hills, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT56 Burndide Red Arrow / Mother- WT38 Harlow Harrier

Befriend a Kite School:

 High Spen Primary School

Brief Summary:

When WTE3 was tagged, the nest was found in an Oak tree. WTE3 can only be identified by a visual sighting. WTE3 was seen flying near the nest territory in July 2011

Latest Sighting:

16/01/2012 - seen feeding with three other juveniles at the bottom of Lintzford Lane.

 

 

Kite No:

E4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

Mile Star

Born:

2011 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT C1 Angel / Mother- WT60 Welbeck Whistler

Befriend a Kite School:

 Milecastle Primary School

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTE4 was tagged, along with sibling WTE5, the nest was found in an Scots pine. WTE4 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

WTE4 has been seen in the area in August and October, and also at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor in November 2011

December 2011 - Identified on three occasions at pre roost near Hollinside Manor, Gateshead.

30/01/2012 -Identified at pre roost, Hollinside Manor.

22/10/2012 - recorded at pre roost, Hollinside Manor

09/11/2012 -Identified at pre roost, perched on pylon near Hollinside Manor

22/11/2012 - Identified at the main roost at Paddock Hill 

24/02/2013 - photographed feeding on the ground in a garden at Muir of Ord, 20 miles north west of Inverness

28/04/2013 - wing tag read whilst perched at Chapelhall Lanarkshire, Scotland

 

 

Kite No:

E5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2011 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT C1 Angel / Mother- WT60 Welbeck Whistler

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

Latest Sighting

When WTE5 was tagged, along with sibling WTE4, the nest was found in an Scots pine. WTE5 can only be identified by a visual sighting. There have been no sightings since.

June 2011 - Gibside, Gateshead - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

E6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2011 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT76 Chester / Mother- WT32 Red Arrow

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

Latest Sighting

When WTE6 was tagged, along with sibling WTE7, the nest was found in a Cherry tree. WTE6 can only be identified by a visual sighting. WTE6 has recently been seen at the winter roost at Snipes Dene, Gibside.

October 2011 - Snipes Dene, Gibside, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

E7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

Cookie

Born:

2011 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT76 Chester / Mother- WT32 Red Arrow

Befriend a Kite School:

 St Benet's RCVA Primary School, Ouston

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTE7 was tagged, along with sibling WTE6, the nest was found in a Cherry tree. WTE7 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

WTE7 was seen flying at Far Pasture in July 2011 and twice in September 2011 near Low Friarside with other juvenile kites. 

WTE7 has been seen in the local area since fledging, and also at the winter pre-roosts at Hollinside Manor. November 2011 - Hollinside Manor, Gateshead

22/10/2012  -recorded at the pre roost gathering,   Hollinside Manor, Gateshead

28/12/2012 - noted at the main roost site, Paddock Hill 

08/01/2013 - recorded at the pre-roost at Paddock Hill 

01/02/2013  - recorded at the main roost Paddock Hill, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead

09/02/2013 - recorded at the main roost, Paddock Hill, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

E8

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

Red Sarah

Born:

2011 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT15 Red Philip / Mother- WT43 Swift

Befriend a Kite School:

 Prudhoe Castle First School

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTE8 was tagged, along with sibling WTE9 and a third untagged chick, the nest, in a Sycamore tree, was found to contain the head of a toy bear as decoration. WTE8 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

WTE8 has since been seen regularly at the winter roosts and pre-roosts at Gibside and Hollinside Manor in November and December 2011.

23/01/2012 -seen feeding on dead rabbit with Fo at the bottom of Lintzford Lane.

30/01/2012 - seen at pre-roost at Paddock Hill with the family

27/03/2012- seen feeding with F1 at eastern side of Beda Hills 

22/05/2012 - identified over a garden at Highfield.

27/03/2012- seen feeding with F1 at eastern side of Beda Hills.

 

 

Kite No:

E9

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

Geordie

Born:

2011 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT15 Red Philip / Mother- WT43 Swift

Befriend a Kite School:

 Wardley Primary School, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTE9 was tagged, along with sibling WTE8 and a third untagged chick, the nest, in a Sycamore tree, was found to contain the head of a toy bear as decoration. WTE9 can only be identified by a visual sighting. WTE9 has been seen in the local area since fledging, and also at the winter pre-roosts at Hollinside Manor in November 2011

30th December 2011 - Perched with "mam"(WT43), near natal site at Paddock Hill, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead.

30/01/2012 - noted with parents WT15 & Wt43 + siblings E8 and untagged juvenile at Paddock Hill in the Derwent Country Park.

Seen on three other occasions in January at the winter pre-roost.

22/10/2012 - noted at pre roost, Hollinside Manor. 

11/11/2012 - identified by photograph at Ruffside flying towards Huntstanworth Moor, Co Durham

22/11/2012 - seen at the main winter roost at Paddock Hill

 

 

Kite No:

F0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

Swift

Born:

2011 Causey, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT84 Shiver / Mother- WT R/P T2

Befriend a Kite School:

 Sele First School

Brief Summary:

  

 

 

 Latest Sighting

When WTF0 was tagged, along with sibling WTF1 and a third untagged chick, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTF0's mother is a 2007 kite from the mid Scotland project, her wing tags are Red and Purple. WTF0 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

WTF0 had been seen at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor in November.2011 and at the Nine Arches Viaduct in December 2011.

23/01/2012 - seen feeding on dead rabbit with E8 at the bottom of Lintzford Lane.

 

 

Kite No:

F1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / White

Kite Name:

Reggis

Born:

2011 Causey, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT84 Shiver / Mother- WT R/P T2

Befriend a Kite School:

 Kenton School, Newcastle.

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTF1 was tagged, along with sibling WTF0 and a third untagged chick, the nest was found in a Sycamore tree. WTF1's mother is a 2007 kite from the mid Scotland project, her wing tags are Red and Purple. WTF1 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

WTF1 has since been seen at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor.

12th December 2011 - Perched on pylon near Hollinside Manor, Gateshead.

30/01/2012 - observed at pre roost, near Hollinside Manor.

10/03/2012 -  noted feeding with E8 on the eastern side of Beda Hills, Highfield. 

27/03/2012 - again, noted feeding with E8 on the eastern side of Beda Hills, Highfield.

15 & 22nd October 2012 - at pre roost, Hollinside Manor

12/11/2012 - recorded in the pre roost gathering at Paddock Hill.

 

Kites born in 2010 (Wing tags D0 - E2)

 

Kite No:

D0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

Yoko

Born:

2010 Priestfield, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT A7 Icarus / Mother- WT B0 Excalibur

Befriend a Kite School:

Hexham Middle School, Hexham, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTD0 was tagged, along with siblings WTD1 and WTD2, the nest, in an Oak tree, was found to contain half a white pvc glove as decoration. WTD0 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Yoko was seen at Beda Hills, Gateshead in January 2011 with WT 56 Harlow Harrier & 38 Burnside Red Arrow on their territory, and with an untagged juvenile.

January 2011 - Beda Hills, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

D1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2010 Priestfield, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT A7 Icarus / Mother- WT B0 Excalibur

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTD1 was tagged, along with siblings WTD0 and WTD2, the nest, in an Oak tree, was found to contain half a white pvc glove as decoration. WTD1 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

After no sightings for over a year, WTD1 was recently seen at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor

November 2011 - Hollinside Manor, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

D2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2010 Priestfield, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT A7 Icarus / Mother- WT B0 Excalibur

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTD2 was tagged, along with siblings WTD0 and WTD1, the nest, in an Oak tree, was found to contain half a white pvc glove as decoration. WTD2 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

WTD2 was recorded at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor in November 2010.

10/11/2012 - at pre roost Hollinside Manor, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

D3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2010 Beda Hills, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT56 Burnside Red Arrow / Mother- WT38 Harlow Harrier

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTD3 was tagged, the nest, in an Oak tree, was found to contain a white woolly hat with blue lines, as decoration. WTD3 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

June 2010 - Beda Hills, Gateshead - at tagging

11/11/2013 - Identified at the main winter roost at the Nine Arches Viaduct with approximately 40 other kites.

 

 

Kite No:

D4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

Zola

Born:

2010 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Father:  Mulberry WT 79           Mother   Storm WT 33

Befriend a Kite School:

Ebchester C of E Primary School, Consett, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTD4 was tagged, along with sibling WTD5, the nest, in a Scots Pine, was found to contain a brown jumper and a pair of tights as decoration. WTD4 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Zola has been seen on several occasions in both November 2010 and January 2011 at the main winter roost site near Hollinside Manor and pre-roosting at Paddock Hill and Gibside.

Zola was seen in August 2011 in the Derwent Country Park with three other kites.

Zola has since been seen at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor on three occasions in November 2011.

December 2011 - NE of Thornley Nurseries, Gateshead. Being chased by WT76

March 2012 - building a nest with partner (not yet identified) on the Gibside Estate. Zola was noted incubating on the 16th April and brooding young on the 13th May but the nest failed early after hatching.

09/11/2012 - recorded at the pre roost gathering, Hollinside Manor

Recorded regularly  the pre roost, Paddock Hill during the winter of 2012 -2013

01/02/2013 - At roost Paddock, Gateshead Derwent Country Park, Gateshead.

20/01/2013 - at roost Paddock, Gateshead derwent Country Park, Gateshead. 

March 2013 - Zola and her untagged partner were refurbishing their nest at Gibside, Zola was noted incubatinfg on the 1st April and brooding young on the 12th May, but by June it was confirmed the nest had failed again.pasting

Throughout the winter of 2013/2014 Zola was again a regular visitor at the main winter roost at the Nine Arches Viaduct and Lockhaugh Meadows.

In February 2014 - Zola and her untagged partner started to build a new nest at the top of the boardwalk at Gibside, but soon moved to a new nest site behind the Gibside Chapel. 

They went on to successfully fledge two chicks, ringed and wing tagged H0 and H1. 

June 2014 - on territory at Gibside with her two chicks.

February and March 2015 - Kites were seen with nesting material on their territory, and Zola was seen on more than one occasion foraging along the river and bottom car park at Gibside. By March the pair were seen at last year's nest site behind Gibside Chapel.April and May 2015 - Although the nest looked refurbished, it was not used. Zola was still seen in the area but no new nest site was found and breeding was not confirmed

March 2016 - A Pink/Blue tagged kite, mostly likely to be WT D4 Zola, was seen flying in to perch near the Caravan Park in Rowlands Gill, carrying either food or nesting material. It briefly flew off to Far Pastures where three other kites were in a territorial dispute, and then returned to the same spot. Although kites were seen regularly here and on the Gibside side of the river, no active nest was found.  

 

 

Kite No:

D5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

Rocket

Born:

2010 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- Mulberry WT79  Mother- Storm WT33

Befriend a Kite School:

 Amble First School  Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTD5 was tagged, along with sibling WTD4, the nest, in a Scots Pine, was found to contain a brown jumper and a pair of tights as decoration. WTD5 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

WTD5 was twice seen at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor in November 2010.

WTD5 had   been seen in November 2011at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor.

February 2012 - recorded on Burdon Moor, above Sunniside.

22nd March 2012 - again noted at Burdon Moor, identified whilst perched in tree.Seen regularly in the Sunniside area up until May.

15th & 29th October - ID'd at pre roost, Hollinside Manor

28/12/2012 - recorded at the pre roost, Paddock Hill

10/01/2013 - recorded at the main roost in Paddock Hill. 

January 2013 - recorded at the main roost at Paddock Hill, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead  having been seen here on many occasions throughout winter 2012/2013

09/02/2013 - recorded at the main roost in Paddock Hill, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead .

Rocket was again seen on several occasions at the main winter roost at Paddock Hill and Lockhaugh Meadows through October 2013 to January 2014

04/01/2014 - at main winter roost at Lockhaigh Meadows

November 2014 - Rocket was seen once at the pre-roost  from the Nine Arches Viaduct in the company of G3 and H0. 41 kites were counted in to the roost that night

December 2014 - Rocket was seen once this month pre-roosting in an Oak tree at Highfield near Rowlands Gill with thirteen other kites.



 

 

Kite No:

D6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

Skyla

Born:

2010 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT C1 Angel / Mother- WT60 Welbeck Whistler

Befriend a Kite School:

Newburn Manor Primary School, Newcastle

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTD6 was tagged, along with sibling WTD7, the nest, in a Scots Pine, was found to contain an Adidas sock and a glove as decoration. WTD6 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Skyla has been seen twice in November 2010 and once in January 2011 at the main winter roost site near Hollinside Manor and pre-roosting at Paddock Hill and Gibside.

Skyla has recently been seen at the winter roost at Snipes Dene, Gateshead.

October 2011 - Snipes Dene, Gibside, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

D7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2010 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT C1 Angel / Mother- WT60 Welbeck Whistler

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

Latest Sighting: 

When WTD7 was tagged, along with sibling WTD6, the nest, in a Scots Pine, was found to contain an Adidas sock and a glove as decoration. WTD7 can only be identified by a visual sighting. There have been no sightings since.

June 2010 - Gibside, Gateshead - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

D8

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2010 Chopwell, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- Untagged / Mother- Untagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

When WTD8 was tagged, along with sibling WTD9, the nest, in a Larch tree, was found to contain a T/shirt and a white plastic bag as decoration. WTD8 can only be identified by a visual sighting. There have been no sightings since.

June 2010 - Chopwell, Gateshead - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

D9

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2010 Chopwell, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- Untagged / Mother- Untagged

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

When WTD9 was tagged, along with sibling WTD8, the nest, in a Larch tree, was found to contain a T/shirt and a white plastic bag as decoration. WTD9 can only be identified by a visual sighting. There have been no sightings since.

June 2010 - Chopwell, Gateshead - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

E0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2010 Derwentcote, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT63 Polo / Mother- WT89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

When WTE0 was tagged, along with sibling WTE1, the nest, in a Larch tree, was found to contain a toy horse's head as decoration. WTE0 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Sadly, in April 2011, a member of the public found the body of WTE0 near Muggleswick, Co Durham, it was impossible to determine the cause of death.

 

 

Kite No:

E1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2010 Derwentcote, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT63 Polo / Mother- WT89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

When WTE1 was tagged, along with sibling WTE0, the nest, in a Larch tree, was found to contain a toy horse's head as decoration. WTE1 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

November 2011 - WTE1 has  been seen at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor.

29th October 2012 - at pre roost Hollinside Manor, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

E2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Mid Blue

Kite Name:

Bomber Bird

Born:

2010 Blaydon Burn, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT80 Sky Diver / Mother- WT43 Swift

Befriend a Kite School:

Emmanuel College, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

When WTE2 was tagged, the nest in a Lime Tree, was found to contain a glove as decoration. WTE2 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Bomber Bird was seen at Friarside near Rowlands Gill in August 2010, and also on several occasions in November 2010 and January 2011 at the main winter roost site near Hollinside Manor and pre-roosting at Paddock Hill and Gibside.

Bomber Bird was seen in August 2011, feeding in fields near Winlaton with seven other kites. Bomber Bird has recently been seen at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor. Observed at Hollinside Manor in November. 17th December 2011 - Feeding on the ground near Hollinside Manor, Gateshead

02/02/2012 - observed at pre roost, Hollinside Manor. 

22nd October 2012 - recorded at pre roost, Hollinside Manor.

29th December 2012 - recorded in the main roost, Paddock Hill

31st December 2012 - recorded in the main roost, Paddock Hill  

26/01/2013 - - recorded in the main roost, Paddock Hil, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead

Bomber Bird was twice recorded at the pre-roost at Paddock Hill early in January 2013

26/01/2013 - recorded in the main roost, Paddock Hil, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead and again there on the 11th February 2013 

21/10/2013 recorded at the main roost at Paddock Hill, Gateshead.

05/11/2013 - recorded in the main roost, Nine Arches Viaduct, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead

February 2015 - Having not been seen for over a year, Bomber Bird was recorded twice on consecutive days over the car park at the bottom of Stirling Lane, Rowlands Gill 

May 2016 -  Bomber Bird was identified from a photograph, whilst flying over the Gibside Estate.

January 2017 - sadly Bomber Bird was found dead in woodland in Rowlands Gill, cause not known but no apparent suspicious circumstances.

 

Kites born in 2009 (Wing tags C3 - C6)  

Kite No:

C3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Pink

Kite Name:

Petra

Born:

2009 Huntley Gill, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Father- WT68 Lyons Lightning / Mother- WTO/G1 Soar

Befriend a Kite School:

St Peters RC Primary School, Low Fell, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTC3 was raised in a nest in Gateshead in summer 2009, with sibling WTC4. WTC3 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring in June and fledged in July 2009. WTC3 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Petra was seen at the pre-roost at Hollinside Manor on 3 occasions during Winter 2010/2011 perched with the other kites.

In Summer 2011 Petra set up a breeding territory on the Gibside Estate with an untagged male, and they successfully raised one chick, this chick was too small to tag, but it was ringed.

Petra was seen in August 2011, feeding in fields near Winlaton with seven other kites, including a young juvenile, possibly her chick. Petra has since been seen at the winter roost at Snipes Dene, Gibside.

October 2011 - Snipes Dene, Gibside, Gateshead

22/09/2014 - a Pink/Pink tagged kite was seen west of Edmundbyers, Co Durham with five buzzards - this can only have been either C3, C4 or C5.

 

 

Kite No:

C4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Pink

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2009 Huntley Gill, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT68 Lyons Lightning / Mother- WTO/G1 Soar

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTC4 was raised in a nest in Gateshead, summer 2009, with sibling WTC3. WTC4 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring in June and fledged in July 2009. WTC4 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

WTC4 was later found wet, bedraggled and emaciated some weeks after fledging. After a period of rehab. in the pens it was re-released on 10th August 2009. It was known to have connected with other kite families and had been moving around the Gibside/Lockhaugh area. In November 2009 it was identified at the winter pre-roost at Snipes Dene, Gibside.

 November 2009 - Snipes Dene, Gibside, Gateshead

.22/09/2014 - a Pink/Pink tagged kite was seen west of Edmundbyers, Co Durham with five buzzards - this can only have been either C3, C4 or C5.

 

 

 

Kite No:

C5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Pink

Kite Name:

Fire

Born:

2009 Derwentcote, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT63 Polo / Mother- WT89 Kitty

Befriend a Kite School:

Clover Hill Primary School, Whickham, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTC5 was raised in a nest in Gateshead, summer 2009. WTC5 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring in June and fledged in July 2009. WTC5 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Fire was photographed and seen at a roost near Pocklington, East Yorkshire, twice in January 2011

 January 2011 - Pocklington, East Yorkshire - at winter roost

22/09/2014 - a Pink/Pink tagged kite was seen west of Edmundbyers, Co Durham with five buzzards - this can only have been either C3, C4 or C5.

 

 

Kite No:

C6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Pink

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2009 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT15 Red Philip / Mother- WT16 Flag

Befriend a Kite School:

 

Brief Summary:

 

 

  

Latest Sighting: 

WTC6 was raised in a nest in Gateshead, summer 2009. WTC6 left the nest early in June before he was able to fly. He was rescued by a member of the public and finished growing up in the care of Northern Kites. He was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 13th July and released back into the wild in July 2009. WTC6 can only be identified by a visual sighting. The following month his body was found by a member of the public, death was probably due to poor weather and lack of hunting skills

August 2009 - Derwent Park, Gateshead - deceased, not suspicious

 

Kites born in 2008 (Wing Tags B2-C2)  

 

Kite No:

B2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Whisper

Born:

2008 Spen Banks, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT59 Crookhill Blaze / Mother- WT24 Starfire

Adopt a Kite School:

West Jesmond Primary School, Newcastle

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTB2 was raised in a nest in Gateshead, summer 2008. WTB2 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 20th June and fledged in July 2008. WTB2 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Since 25th September 2008, Whisper has regularly been recorded at the the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

Whisper was last seen in Gateshead at the end of 2008, this has been followed by no sightings since.

 

 

Kite No:

B3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Sunny Solar

Born:

2008 Winlaton, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT68 Lyons Lightning / Mother- WT O/G1 Soar

Adopt a Kite School:

The Grove Primary School, Consett, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTB3 was raised in a nest in Gateshead, summer 2008. WTB3 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 20th June and fledged in July 2008. WTB3' s mother is a Yorkshire kite that has settled in the North East. WTB3 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

One such sighting places WTB3 at Barlow Fell, in Gateshead, on 28th July 2008. WTB3 was seen flying with both parents. There have been no sightings since.

July 2008 - Barlow Fell, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

B4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Starlight

Born:

2008 Beda Hills, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT56 Burnside Red Arrow / Mother- WT38 Harlow Harrier

Adopt a Kite School:

Langley Park Primary School, Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTB4, along with sibling WTB5, was raised in a nest in Gateshead this summer. WTB4 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 24th June and fledged in July 2008. WTB4 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

On 13th November 2008, Starlight was recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 28th January 2009, Starlight was seen perched in a tree at Beda Hills in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. This was followed by no sightings until January 2011, when Starlight was seen near Rowlands Gill in the company of an untagged juvenile kite.

January 2011 - Rowlands Gill, Gateshead 

November 2011 - Starlight was twice seen with other kites at Beda Hills

20/01/2013 - Starlight was seen at the main winter roost at Paddock Hill in the company of approximately 36 other kites

 

 

Kite No:

B5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2008 Beda Hills, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT56 Burnside Red Arrow / Mother- WT38 Harlow Harrier

Adopt a Kite School:

Not adopted

Brief Summary:

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

WTB5, along with sibling WTB4, was raised in a nest in Gateshead this summer. WTB5 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 24th June and fledged late-June 2008. Sadly on 30th June 2008 the corpse of WTB5 was identified by a member of the public, the bird had been predated upon by most likely a fox

June 2008 - Gateshead - deceased, probable predation by a fox

 

 

Kite No:

B6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Golden Glider

Born:

2008 Rowlands Gill, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Father- WT6 Flame / Mother- WT19 Ruby

Adopt a Kite School:

Sacriston Junior School, Sacriston, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTB6 was raised in a nest in Gateshead, summer 2008. WTB6 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 24th June and fledged in July 2008. WTB6 can only be identified by a visual sighting. On 28th July 2008, WTB6 was seen flying and perched in trees at Gibside National Trust estate.

On 28th July 2008, WTB6 was seen at Gibside National Trust estate perched in a tree with father WT6. On 22nd September 2008, WTB6 was seen roosting with seventeen other kites near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

Golden Glider has continued to spend the winter nights at this roost.

In April 2009, Golden Glider was seen roosting in trees at the bottom of a garden in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead! B6, although holding early season territory in Rowlands Gill was seen at Derwent Reservoir with another kite in July. He was recorded at the Sherburn Towers roost in the September.

In the first three months of 2010 Golden Glider was seen on three occasions in the Highfield area of Gateshead. He then started to build a nest with an untagged kite, in the Rowlands Gill area, which was then abandoned. On several occasions through out the winter of 2010/2011, Golden Glider was recorded at the pre-roosts and roosts at Hollinside and Gibside.

In the spring of 2011, Golden Glider was found with a new partner WT44 Morgan, at a new territory in Rowlands Gill, a local resident kept a diary of the breeding activity and was delighted to see this pair successfully fledge one chick, not tagged. 21st November 2011 - Identified at pre roost, perched on pylon near Hollinside Manor.

19th December2011 - Recorded at pre roost, again perched on pylon near Hollinside Manor.

 March 2012 - building new nest with partner WT44, approx 100 metres south of last years nest, in a garden near the River Derwent. They raised one chick which fledged on June 11th.

June 2012 -flying above the nest site.

March 2013 - refurbishing last year's nest with partner WT44 

15/04/2013 - Golden' Glider's partner Morgan is on her on nest incubating. The pair went on to successfully fledge two chicks which were wing tagged, G0 & G

February 2014 - on territory in Rowlands Gill and refurbishing nest with partner WT 44 Morgan 

Morgan was seen incubating in April 2014, but by June there was no activity at the nest site, although residents reported seeing two fledged chicks.

April 2014 - refurbishiing nest and female incubating - outcome was unknown 

February and March 2015 - Golden Glider and his partner Morgan (WT44) were seen around their nest site in Rowlands Gill, with two juveniles, which were probably their young from last year. There was some possible refurbishment of last year's nest. 

April and May 2015 - although kites continued to be seen in the local area, no nest was found and breeding was not confirmed

 

 

Kite No:

B7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Crimson Ray

Born:

2008 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT15 Red Philip / Mother- WT16 Flag

Adopt a Kite School:

Eslington School, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

The parents of WTB7, WT15 (Red Philip) and WT16 (Flag), successfully raised a chick in 2006, becoming the first red kites to breed in the north east for nearly 200 years! In the summer of 2008 this pair successfully raised two chicks in the Derwent Walk Country Park. WTB7, along with sibling WTB8, was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 26th June and fledged in July 2008. WTB7 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

On 13th October 2008, Crimson Ray was recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. Crimson Ray was seen there again a month later, on 13th November 2008.

On 6th April 2009, Crimson Ray was recorded near Wylam in Northumberland.

Crimson Ray was not seen again until observed flying over Chopwell in April 2011

April 2011 - Chopwell, Gateshead

April 2016 - Crimson Ray and WT H2 were identified south of Burnhope Wood near Muggleswick. H2 was carrying what appeared to be nesting material, although no territory was subsequently confirmed in the area. 

 

 

Kite No:

B8

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Starburst

Born:

2008 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT15 Red Philip / Mother- WT16 Flag

Adopt a Kite School:

Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

The parents of WTB8, WT15 (Red Philip) and WT16 (Flag), successfully raised a chick in 2006, becoming the first red kites to breed in the north east for nearly 200 years! In the summer of 2008 this pair successfully raised two chicks in the Derwent Walk Country Park. WTB8, along with sibling WTB7, was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 26th June and fledged in July 2008. WTB8 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

On 8th September 2008, WTB8 was recorded with at least seven other kites at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

Since 9th October 2008, WTB8 has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

Starburst was last recorded at the winter roost on 27th November 2008. This was followed by a sighting in September 2009 at the Sherburn Towers winter roost. There were no more sightings until November 2010 when Starburst was recorded at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside, and again in January 2011 at the roost at Gibside.

January 2011 - Gibside, Gateshead - at the winter roost .

29/12/2012 - identified at the pre roost, Paddock Hill.

10/01/2013 - recorded at the main roost site, Paddock Hill

07/01/2014 - seen once at the main roost at Lockhaugh Meadows over the winter of 2013/2014

 

 

Kite No:

B9

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Fire Star

Born:

2008 Blanchland, Northumberland

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT71 Sky Dancer / Mother- WT A4 Farra Flame

Adopt a Kite School:

Milfield Community First School, Wooler, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

WTB9 was raised in a nest in south west Northumberland, in summer 2008. , Fire Star's mother, Farra Flame, was only one year old, when she successfully raised this chick, which is very rare. It also made Farra Flame's famous parents Red Philip and Flag grandparents at only four years old. Fire Star was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 17th July and fledged in late-July 2008. Fire Star can only be identified by a visual sighting.

July 2008 - Blanchland, Northumberland - at tagging

 

 

Kite No:

C0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Jet Fire

Born:

2008 Burnopfield, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT36 Fire Flight / Mother- WT28 Agnes

Adopt a Kite School:

Glendene School & Community Arts College, Durham

Brief Summary:

WTC0 was raised in a nest in the Derwent valley, summer 2008. WTC0 was fitted with a leg ring and wing tags on 1st July and fledged in late July 2008. WTC0 can only be identified by a visual sighting. Jet Fire was not seen again until March 2011 when he was seen near Thornley Woods.

Latest Sighting:

March 2011 - Thornley Woods, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

C1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Angel

Born:

2008 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Father- WT79 Mulberry / Mother- WT33 Storm

Adopt a Kite School:

Starting Out Nursery, Leam Lane, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTC1, along with sibling WTC2, was raised in a nest in Gateshead, summer 2008. WTC1 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 3rd July and fledged late-July 2008. WTC1 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Since 30th October 2008, Angel has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 23rd March 2009, Angel was seen foraging in a field at Beda Hills in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. On 23rd April 2009, Angel was seen at a quarry in Ebchester, County Durham.

In 2010, Angel paired up with WT60 Welbeck Whistler, successfully fledging two chicks on the Gibside Estate, these were tagged D6 & D7.

In January and February 2011, Angel was a regular visitor to the winter pre-roosts and roosts at Hollinside Manor and Gibside. In summer 2011 this pair again successfully fledged two chicks, tagged E4 & E5.

 March 2012 - refurbishing last years nest in the West Wood, Gibside. with partner Welbeck Whistler (WT60). Angel was noted incubating on the 15th April and brooding young on the 21st May. a well feathered chick was ringed and wing tagged.(F4) on June 14th

June 2012 - flying over nest site.

17/12/2012 - recorded at the pre roost gathering, Paddock Hill 28/12/2012 -noted at the main roost site, Paddock Hill

28/12/2012 - noted at the main roost site, Paddock Hill and was again at the pre-roost on 08/01/2013. 

In 2013 the nest was refurbished and Angel's partner Welbeck Whistler was noted incubating but the nest later failed. reason unknown.  

June 2013 - activity on territory, but nest later failed. 

18/11/2013 - noted at the main roost site, Paddock Hill - this was the only sighting of him throughout winter 2013/2014

March 2014 - Angel wsas seen at a new territory south of Burnopfiled with an untagged female. C2 was also seen here and it was never confirmed which was the breeding male - the nest subsequently failed.

December 2014 - Angel was seen twice this month at the main winter roost at Hollinside Manor, once in the company of around 37 kites. 

October 2015 - Angel was identified at the winter roost at Lockhaugh Meadows, in the company of at least nineteen other kites.

September 2016 - Angel was identified from a photograph perched and flying in a small wood near Tantobie, south of Burnopfield. 

February and March 2016 - There were reports of nest building activity from the resident pair Angel and his partner WT60 Welbeck Whistler on their territory in the West Wood, Gibside and the nest appeared refurbished.

May 2016 - Welbeck Whistler was noted brooding young on the 16th May, and Angel was in attendance

June 2016 - this pair went on to successfully fledge one chick ringed and wing tagged K6.

 

 

 

Kite No:

C2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Black

Kite Name:

Centurion

Born:

2008 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Father- WT79 Mulberry / Mother- WT33 Storm

Adopt a Kite School:

Roman Road Primary School, Leam Lane, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTC2, along with sibling WTC1, was raised in a nest in Gateshead, summer 2008. WTC2 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 3rd July and fledged late-July 2008. WTC2 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

Since 13th October 2008, Centurion has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 28th January 2009, Centurion was seen with 7 other kites at Beda Hills in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. On the evening of 5th April 2009, Centurion was seen perched in a tree in Rowlands Gill with WT53 and an untagged first summer bird (a kite born in 2008).

Centurion was not seen again until April 2010 when he was observed grappling with another kite near Highfield, he was then recorded at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor in November 2010.

Summer 2011 - successfully fledged two chick at Priestfield with new partner WT28

March 2012 - refurbishing last years nest with WT28. The pair did not use the nest and the new nest was not found.

April 2012 - noted at Priestfield Stables.

Summer 2012 - on territory but no evidence of breeding.Noted at the main roost near the Nine Arches Viaduct on the 22nd & 29th October 2012  

C2 was noted at the main winter roost at  Lockhaugh Meadows in both November 2013 and January 2014 

February 2014 C2 was noted on a new territory south of Burnopfeld with a new untagged partner. There was nest building in March and the female was believed to be incubating in April 2014 - (it was never confirmed if C2 was the breeding male as C1 had also been seen at the nest).

June 2014 - kite perched at nest but no chicks - nest failed

December 2014 - Centurion was seen once this month at the main winter roost at Hollinside Manor in the company of around 37 kites.

March 2015 - Centurion was photographed being hassled by 28 Agnes, near his Territory near Lintzford.

February and March 2015 - Centurion and his partner Agnes (WT28) were regularly seen on territory near Lintzford. Nesting material was brought in and the nest was located. 

June 2015 - there was at least one chick in the nest, and by the end of the month two chicks had successfully fledged, not ringed or wing tagged.

 

 Kites born in 2007 (Wing Tags AO-B1+ Red/PurpleT2)

Kite No:

A0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

Spirit 2

Born:

2007 Friarside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT53 Winlaton Blaze  /  Mother - WT44 Morgan

Adopt a Kite School:

Farne Primary School, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle

Brief Summary:

 

 

  Latest Sighting:

 

WTA0, along with sibling WTA1, was raised in a nest in Gateshead this summer. WTA0 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 21st June. WTA0 fledged in July 2007. WTA0 can only be identified by a visual sighting. One such sighting places WTA0 at Barlow Burn, in Gateshead, on 14th August 2007.

A report of A0 being at the pre roost on 09/11/2012 is a dubious record since it had not been seen since August 2007

 

 

Kite No:

A1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

Cragside Flame

Born:

2007 Friarside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT53 Winlaton Blaze  /  Mother - WT44 Morgan

Adopt a Kite School:

Cragside C of E First School, Cramlington, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

WTA1, along with sibling WTA0, was raised in a nest in Gateshead this summer. WTA1 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 21st June and fledged in July 2007. WTA1 can only be identified by a visual sighting. WTA1 was not recorded again until 3rd October 2007 when a photograph confirmed WTA1 was flying over Barlow Fell.

From 26th to 31st October 2007, WTA1 was recorded in Teesdale and was seen roosting with WTA7. WTA1 did not remain in Teesdale for long and by 5th November 2007 had rejoined the kites in Gateshead.

On 11th February 2008, WTA1 was seen with five other kites feeding in a field and perching on fence posts just north of the Barlow Burn.

On 2nd December 2008, Cragside Flame was seen at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

January 2013 - Cragside Flame was recorded at the main winter roost at Paddock Hill

 

 

Kite No:

A2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

Silky Striker

Born:

2007 Gibside, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father - WT6 Flame  /  Mother - WT19 Ruby

Adopt a Kite School:

New Silksworth Junior School, Sunderland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

WTA2 was raised in a nest in Gateshead this summer. WTA2 was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 12th July and fledged late-July 2007.

WTA2 can only be identified by a visual sighting and was regularly recorded around Rowlands Gill. On 5th November, WTA2 and five other kites were seen feeding on a pheasant carcass in a field in the area.

Silky Striker was next seen on 23rd June 2008 at Cut Thorn Farm, Gibside, with WTB0 and another purple tagged kite.

Since 2nd October 2008, Silky Striker has regularly been recorded at the the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 24th February 2009, a photograph was taken of Silky Striker taking off from a field near Thornley Kennels in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

In early April 2009, Silky Striker was recorded at Barlow Fell in Gateshead. In October Silky Striker was recorded twice at the Sherburn Towers winter roost.

In March 2010 Silky Striker was seen perched in a tree near Highfield, and later in the same month was recorded at Sherburn Towers early one morning being quite vocal.

In August  Silky Striker was recorded twice at  the Sherburn Towers roost, again being quite vocal.

1st April 2012 - identified from photograph whilst perched in a tree in Highfield, Rowlands Gill. Also seen with nesting material.

01/11/2012 - recorded at the pre roost gathering, Hollinside Manor.

10/11/2012 - noted at Sherburn Towers farm being very vocal, especially when other kites were in the vicinity, almost certainly on territory.

16/12/2012 - recorded at Sherburn Towers farm again, perched in one of the trees in the woodland surrounding farm. Very vocal

June 2013 - Silky Striker and his untagged partner were seen on territory were he was bringing in food for the female, but the nest was later confirmed as having failed.

February 2014 - A2 was back on his territory at Sherburn Towers.

April 2014 - kites were seen carrying nesting material in to the wood, and later the untagged female was seen incubating.

May 2014 -  the pair were seen near the nest  at Sherburn Towers with a lot of corvids present - it was later confirmed the nest had failed.

January 2015 - Silky Striker and Flame WT6, were identified from photographs,  around Sherburn Towers farm, Silky Striker's territory.

Silky Striker was also seen on one occasion at the main roost near the Nine Arches Viaduct with up to 40 other kites.  

February and March 2015 - Silky Striker was seen on his territory near Sherburn Towers. On one occasion he was seen with his untagged partner having brought in some food. 

April 2015 - the female was seen to be incubating, with Silky Striker close by, but the nest subsequently failed - possible predation.

October 2015 - Silky Striker was seen at Sherburn Towers with another untagged kite.

January 2016 - Silky Striker was identified on two occasions at Sherburn Towers pre-roost, on one occasion doing a lot of calling, and on the second occasion feeding on the ground whilst approximately 20 kites passed through here on their way to roost. 

February 2016 - Silky Striker was identified on one occasion at a pre-roost gathering at Sherburn Towers with eight other kites, mostly juveniles. 

January and February 2016 - Silky Striker and his untagged partner were often noted defending their territory at Sherburn Towers from other pre-roosting kites, often juveniles.

March 2016 - There was still plenty of activity, with kites carrying nesting material and on one occasion Silky Striker was seen bringing in food whilst his partner was staying near the nest site and seeing of other kites.

May 2016 - A partly built nest was located, but by the end of May there was no activity and it is believed the nest failed at the nest building stage.

October 2016 - Silky Striker was identified on his territory at Sherburn Towers perched on a pylon with WTK6 and an untagged juvenile.  

November 2016 - Silky Striker was identified on one occasion on his territory at Sherburn Towers perched on a pylon with only one other kite in attendance. 

 

 

 


 

Kite No:

A3

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

RJ

Born:

2007 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Father- WT15 Red Philip / Mother- WT16 Flag

Adopt a Kite School:

Ryton Community Juniors School, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

The parents of WTA3, WT15 (Red Philip) and WT16 (Flag), successfully raised a chick in 2006, becoming the first red kites to breed in the north east for nearly 200 years!

In the summer of 2007 this pair successfully raised two chicks in the Derwent Walk Country Park. WTA3, along with sibling WTA4, was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 28th June. WTA3 fledged in mid-July 2007. WTA3 can only be identified by a visual sighting. Since fledging in July, no sighting for WTA3 have been recorded.

On 24th February 2008, RJ was seen near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill. Since mid-November 2008, RJ has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 23rd March 2009, RJ tried to woo WT34 (Parochial Poppy) who was seen foraging in a field of winter cereal in High Spen, Gateshead. Parochial Poppy's partner WT80 (Sky Diver) appeared and chased RJ away but after a few minutes he drifted back. RJ eventually moved on after getting chased by WT80 for a second time! The sex of RJ was unknown before this point but we can now confirm that RJ is male!

March 2009 - High Spen, Gateshead


 

 

Kite No:

A4

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

Farra Flame

Born:

2007 Derwent Park, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Father- WT15 Red Philip / Mother- WT16 Flag

Adopt a Kite School:

Farringdon Primary School, Sunderland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting: 

The parents of WTA4, WT15 (Red Philip) and WT16 (Flag), successfully raised a chick in 2006, becoming the first red kites to breed in the north east for nearly 200 years! In the summer of 2007 this pair successfully raised two chicks in the Derwent Walk Country Park. WTA4, along with sibling WTA3, was fitted with wing tags and a leg ring on 28th June. WTA4 can only be identified by a visual sighting and on 6th September 2007, WTA4 was seen foraging with seven other kites in the lower Derwent valley.

In early May 2008, A4 was seen around Blanchland, near the border of Northumberland and County Durham.

In spring 2008, Farra Flame was seen displaying with WT71 (Sky Dancer) they went on to build a nest together and had two chicks, one of which was raised to fledging. This chick has been fitted with a leg ring and wing tags B9 and fledged in July 2008. Farra Flame, at only one year old, has made her parents Flag and Red Philip grandparents at the ripe old age of four years old!

On 16th October 2008, Farra Flame was recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. She was seen there again on 24th November 2008.

On 28th January 2009, Farra Flame was seen at Beda Hills in Gateshead with 7 other kites. On 5th March 2009, Farra Flame and WT87 (George) were seen flying together just west of Birtley in County Durham, where they attempted to breed, but the nest was abandoned. She has not been seen since.

April 2009 - near Urpeth, Co Durham - failed breeding attempt 

08/01/2013 -recorded at roost Paddock hill, Derwent Country Park, Gateshead.

 

 

Kite No:

A5

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

Ponteland Sunrise

Born:

2007 Wylam, Northumberland

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Father- WT51 Burning Wings / Mother- WT21 Winlaton Phoenix

Adopt a Kite School:

Ponteland Community High School, Ponteland, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

The parents of WTA5, WT51 (Burning Wings) and WT21 (Winlaton Phoenix), build a nest in Northumberland's Tyne Valley and successfully raised WTA5 this summer. WTA5 is the first red kite to be raised in Northumberland for around 170 years! WTA5 was fitted with a leg ring and wing tags on 12th July and fledged late July 2007. WTA5 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

In October 2007, Ponteland Sunrise was regularly recorded roosting at Sherburn Tower Farm in Rowlands Gill. On 19th January 2008, Ponteland Sunrise was seen flying with parent WT51 above Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill. On 22nd January, Ponteland Sunrise was seen with parent WT21 at Barlow Burn.

On 11th February 2008, Ponteland Sunrise was seen with five other kites (including parents WT21 and WT51) feeding in a field and perching on fence posts just north of the Barlow Burn.

In mid-April 2008, Ponteland Sunrise was seen displaying with WT84 (Shiver) over Gibside National Trust estate. Though they did not go on to nest together we can now confirm that Ponteland Sunrise is male. Since 25th September 2008, Ponteland Sunrise has regularly been recorded at the the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

Ponteland Sunrise was not seen for some time, until March 2010 when he was confirmed as the new partner of WT40 Ziggy, at the Highland Cattle Centre in Northumberland where they hatched one chick. Sadly his body was found near Hindley in July, his partner had been found dead near their nest the previous month, and the chick also perished. Subsequent post mortems confirmed both of the adults had been poisoned.

July 2010 - Hindley, Northumberland - deceased, confirmed poisoned

 

 

Kite No:

A6

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

Sedgefield Blaze

Born:

2007 Burnopfield, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Father- WT36 Fire Flight / Mother- WT28 Agnes

Adopt a Kite School:

Sedgefield Community College, Sedgefield, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTA6 was raised in a nest in the Derwent valley this summer. WTA6 was fitted with a leg ring and wing tags on 28th June and fledged in late July 2007. WTA6 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

On 13th September 2007, Sedgefield Blaze was observed flying with parent WT28 (Agnes) around Pontop Pike in County Durham. On 10th December 2007, Sedgefield Blaze was recorded near Highfield in Rowlands Gill.

On 11th February 2008, Sedgefield Blaze was seen with five other kites feeding in a field and perching on fence posts just north of the Barlow Burn. On 24th February 2008, Sedgefield Blaze was seen near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill.

On 8th December 2008, Sedgefield Blaze was seen at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. This has been followed by no sightings since.

30/01/2012 & 06/02/2012 - noted near Hamsterley Hall. First sightings since December 2008.

13/02/2012 - again observed at Hamsterley Hall, appears to be holding territory with partner, an untagged female. The nest was located behind Hamsterley Hall, failing at the incubation stage, possibly caused by tree felling activity close by.

 May 2012 - on territory

April 2013 - refurbishing last year's nest, then seen perched near nest, his partner incubating eggs 

June 2013 - Sedgefield Blaze and his untagged partner went on  to successfully fledge two chicks wing tagged G2 and G3 

March 2014 - the pair were refurbishing the nest at Hamsterley Hall and in May the female was seen incubating.

24/05/2014 - A6 was found injured on his Territory - he was taken to the vet's for some intensive care followed by a period of rehabilitation at Talon Falconry. 

The female was left to raise their single chick on her own and some supplementary feeding was given to assist her.

20/06/2014 - A6 was released back on his territory where the female ignored him. One chick was successfully fledged and wing tagged J0. 

October 2014 - identified at the main winter roost in the Derwent Country Park

November 2014 - Sedgefield Blaze was seen twice at the pre-roost from the Nine Arches Viaduct on two consecutive days this month. 40 kites were counted in to the roost on one of these occasions

 

 

Kite No:

A7

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

Icarus

Born:

2007 Langleydale, Co Durham

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Father- Untagged / Mother- WT57 Langleydale Traveller

Adopt a Kite School:

Middleton in Teesdale Primary School, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting

Icarus was raised in a nest in Teesdale this summer. Icarus was fitted with a leg ring and wing tags on 12th July and fledged in late July 2007. Icarus can only be identified by a visual sighting and since fledging, Icarus has regularly been seen with the parent male around Langleydale in Teesdale. In late October 2007, WTA1 was visiting Teesdale and was seen roosting with Icarus. During the winter months Icarus has regularly been recorded at the winter roost in Langleydale.

In April 2008, Icarus was seen displaying with WT43 (Swift) in the lower Derwent valley, Gateshead. However, he did not stay in Gateshead for long and by May he was back in Teesdale and seen displaying with an untagged female! On 1st June he was recorded at Blackton, Eggleston.

Since 16th October 2008, Icarus has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 6th April 2009, Icarus was seen with WTB0 (Excalibur) just west of Burnopfield in County Durham, this pair went on to successfully fledge two chicks, untagged.

In 2010 Icarus and his partner Excalibur successfully fledged three chicks, which were tagged D0, D1 and D2. In October Icarus was identified at the pre-roost at Hollinside Manor.

In 2011 this pair again successfully fledged three chicks at Priestfield., the chicks were not tagged. 

March 2012 - regularly seen "displaying"over  territory with partner B0 . Last years nest was refurbished but not used. They appear to have moved slightly to the east but the new nest was not found.

April 2012 - noted on territory - no nest found 

August 2012 - 2 chicks were subsequently seen flying in this territory

10/01/2013 - recorded at the main roost Paddock Hill 

09/02/2013 - at roost in Paddock Hill, Derwent Valley, Gateshead. 

March 2013 - nest building at Lintzford with mate B0

Icarus and his partner Excalibur went onto raise 3 chicks, two of which were wing tagged, F8 & F9

Regularly noted on territory during the winter of 2013-2014 

10/02/2014 - perched near last year's nest site and carrying nesting material

In May 2014 - Excalibur was seen incubating and the pair went on to successfully fledge three chicks, not ringed or wing tagged.

June 2014 - successfully fledged three chicks with his partner B0 on their territory at Lintzford  

February and March 2015 - Icarus and his partner Excalibur (WTB0) were seen regularly over their nest wood at Lintzford including seen carrying nesting material. 

May 2015 - by May there were at least two chicks in the nest.

June 2015 - The pair successfully fledged three chicks, which were not ringed or wing tagged.

February and March 2016 - There was a lot of activity from the resident pair, Icarus and his partner WTB0 Excalibur, seeing off other kites and carrying nesting material on their territory at Lintzford.

April and May 2016 - To begin with there was enough activity on the territory to suggest the female was sitting on the nest, but by the end of May there was no activity.

August 2016 - Although this nest appeared to have failed, a single juvenile kite was seen flying and circling over the nest wood, which suggests there was a successful nest somewhere in the wood.

January 2017 - Icarus was identified on one occasion at the pre-roost near Hollinside Manor, perched on a pylon. F9 and L2 were also identified here at the same time. A total of 21 kites eventually came in to roost in this area. 

 

 

 

Kite No:

B0

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

Excalibur

Born:

2007 Beda Hills, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Father- WT56 Burnside Red Arrow / Mother- WT38 Harlow Harrier

Adopt a Kite School:

Shotley Bridge Junior School, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTB0, along with sibling WTB1, was raised in a nest in Gateshead this summer. WTB0 was fitted with a leg ring and wing tags on 21st June and fledged mid-July 2007. WTB0 can only be identified by a visual sighting.

On 5th November, Excalibur and five other kites were seen feeding on a pheasant carcass in a field in Rowlands Gill.

Excalibur was not seen again until 23rd June 2008. Excalibur was at Cut Thorn Farm, Gibside, with WTA2 and another purple tagged kite. Since 30th October 2008, Excalibur has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 6th April 2009, Excalibur was seen with WTA7 (Icarus) just west of Burnopfield in County Durham, this pair went on to successfully fledge two chicks, untagged.

In 2010 Excalibur and her partner Icarus successfully fledged three chicks, which were tagged D0, D1 and D2.

In 2011 this pair again successfully fledged three chicks at Priestfield, the chicks were not tagged.

 March 2012 - regularly seen "displaying" with partner, A7, over territory at Priestfield. Last years nest was refurbished but not used. They appear to have moved slightly to the east but the new nest was not found.

April 2012 - noted on territory - nest not found

August 2012 - 2 chicks were subsequently seen flying in this territory

08/04/2013 - nest building with partner A7 at Lintzford 

Excalibur and her partner Icarus went onto raise 3 chicks, two of which were wing tagged, F8 & F9 

10/02/2014 - on territory perched near last year's nest site and carrying nesting material

In May 2014 - Excalibur was seen incubating and the pair went on to successfully fledge three chicks, not ringed or wing tagged.

June 2014 - successfully fledged three chicks with her partner A7 on their territory at Lintzford 

February and March 2015 - Excalibur and her partner Icarus (WTA7) were seen regularly over their nest wood at Lintzford including seen carrying nesting material. 

May 2015 - by May there were at least two chicks in the nest.

June 2015 - The pair successfully fledged three chicks, which were not ringed or wing tagged.

February and March 2016 - There was a lot of activity from the resident pair, Excalibur and her partner WTA7 Icarus, seeing off other kites and carrying nesting material on their territory at Lintzford .

April and May 2016 - To begin with there was enough activity on the territory to suggest the female was sitting on the nest, but by the end of May there was no activity.

August 2016 - Although this nest appeared to have failed, a single juvenile kite was seen flying and circling over the nest wood, which suggests there was a successful nest somewhere in the wood.

 

 

 

Kite No:

B1

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Purple

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2007 Beda Hills, Gateshead

Male/Female:

Unknown

Parents:

Father- WT56 Burnside Red Arrow / Mother- WT38 Harlow Harrier

Adopt a Kite School:

Cragside C of E First School, Cramlington, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

WTB1, along with sibling WTB0, was raised in a nest in Gateshead this summer. WTB1 was fitted with a leg ring and wing tags on 21st June. On 6th July WTB1 had to be taken into rehabilitation after being found soaked through and underweight at the bottom of the nest tree. Following several weeks in rehab WTB1 was released back into the Derwent valley in late-July 2007 (after being fitted with a radio transmitter). WTB1 was regularly recorded around the Barlow area of Gateshead.

In October 2007, WTB1's transmitter signal did not change for a period of time indicating problems. Following further investigation, the corpse was found in Barlow Burn. There is no evidence to indicate death was due to anything but natural causes.

October 2007 - Barlow Burn, Gateshead - deceased, natural causes



 

Kite No:

R/P T2

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Red / Purple

Kite Name:

Trunkle

Born:

2007 Glen Lednock, Central Scotland

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Father - WT Untagged  /  Mother - WT RY33

Befriend a Kite School:

 Whittonstall First School

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

T2 was born in 2007 in Central Scotland. The nest was in a Scots pine and she was one of two chicks, the second chick being ringed only. Her male parent was an untagged kite, and the female parent was a 2004 kite from Drumloist. (These parents have successfully fledged two or three chicks each year since).

T2 was seen in October 2007  and again in December 2008 near Argaty in Scotland.

Amazingly, by February 2009 she was identified at Gigrin Farm in Wales, in the company of 300+ other kites including kites from Gateshead, Inverness and the Chilterns.

In the summer of 2010 she paired up with one of our kites WT84 Shiver, and they successfully raised one chick (ringed only) on their territory at Causey, Co. Durham.

The following year, 2011, the pair successfully fledged three chicks, F0, F1 and the third ringed only.

In 2012, the pair have been seen foraging in fields near their territory, both in February and early March.

 Mid to late March 2012 - Causey Gill, Co, Durham - Territorial displays and nest building.The pair built a new nest  approx 100metres up the Gill.

On the 14th April she was noted incubating and on the 26th May was observed feeding two young in the nest. One of the young must have perished because there was only one chick in the nest when ringing and wing tagging took place on the 14th June. The chick was tagged F2.

June 2012 - at the nest site

30th June 2012 both T2 and her partner 84 Shiver were seen flying in the valley

July 2012 - R/P T2's mate was found dead. No suspicious circumstances 

Feb 2013 - R/P T2 was Id'd from a photograph taken in South Causey  

     

 Kites released in 2006 (Wing Tags 61-95 + OG1)

 

Kite No:

61

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Wrekenton Warrier

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Fell Dyke Community Primary School, Wrekenton, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. She is regularly seen flying around the Barlow area.

Wrekenton Warrior was regularly recorded in the Gateshead area until mid-May 2007. On the 11th June 2007, a report was received from Worcester, in the West Midlands, that a red kite was feeding on a dead pigeon in a field. This kite was Wrekenton Warrior!

Wrekenton Warrior has not been detected since.June

2007 - Worcester, West Midlands

 

Kite No:

62

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Cedars Cyclone

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

The Cedars School, Low Fell, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

For the first few weeks after release, Cedars Cyclone was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley. However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 24th July 2006. In mid October 2006, Cedars Cyclone was detected and found to be in the Scottish borders, just north of Coldstream. She has not been detected since.

Latest Sighting:

October 2006 - Scottish Borders, north of Coldstream

 

Kite No:

63

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Polo

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Dubmire Primary School, Houghton le Spring, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Polo is still regularly detected in the Barlow area.

Polo spent a lot of time with WT33 in the spring, they were seen carrying sticks but did not build a nest.

On 10th September 2007, Polo was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Polo has regularly been roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill and also at Gibside.

In spring 2008, Polo was seen displaying with WT89 (Kitty) and they built a nest together near Hamsterley in County Durham. WT89 was seen incubating, however, their eggs did not hatch.

Since early September 2008, Polo has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 9th March 2009, Polo was seen at Victoria Garesfield Lane in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. He then went on to successfully fledge one chick, tagged C5, with his partner Kitty. In the October he was seen at the winter pre-roost at Sherburn Towers.

In 2010 this pair again successfully fledged two chicks, tagged E0 & E1.

In April 2011, Polo was seen flying over Chopwell near his territory. This year though, he and his partner failed in their breeding attempt.

March 2012 - regularly seen on territory at Derwentcote/Blackhall Mill. Polo, (WT63), and his partner Kitty (WT98) used last years nest. They actually produced a brood of three young but disaster struck when strong winds blew two of the chicks out of the nest. One chick was found dead directly under the nest but the other survived and was taken to the rehab. Pen. Wing Tagged F6

June 2012 - flying over nest wood.

15/10/2012 - recorded at pre roost with offspring F6, perched on pylon near Hollinside Manor.

01/11/2012 - recorded at the pre roost gathering, Paddock Hill.

10/01/2013 - perched on pylon at the pre roost gathering, Hollinside Manor, and again at dusk in the main roost at Paddock Hill. Also seen on two further occasions in January

04/04/2013 - building new nest with his mate, Kitty (WT89) near the 2011 nest site.

May 2013 - Kitty was noted incubating but by June the nest had failed, possible predation.

February 2014 - Polo and Kitty were again on their territory at Derwentcote. In April Kitty was noted incubating, and the pair went on to successfully fledge three chicks - two were wing tagged H2 and H3.

June 2014 - on territory with his partner and three chicks  

February and March 2015 - Polo and his partner Kitty (WT89) were seen on territory at Derwentcote, defending their territory from other kites, and with nesting material to refurbish their nest. 

April and May 2015 - kites were still seen on territory, and by May there was thought to be a chick in the nest. The nest subsequently failed - believed to be from predation.

February and March 2016 - There was regular activity from the resident pair Polo and his partner WT89 Kitty on their Derwentcote territory, and last year's nest was refurbished.

May 2016 - Kitty was noted incubating/brooding on the 9th May.

June 2016 - the chicks were becoming well feathered, and this pair went on to successfully fledge three chicks, all ringed and wing tagged L5, L6 and L7.

 

 

Kite No:

64

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Red Runcie

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Archbishop Runcie C of E Aided First School, Gosforth, Newcastle

Brief Summary:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In September, Red Runcie briefly visited Devil's Water, near Slaley in Northumberland. He is regularly detected in Barlow Burn and the lower Derwent valley.

Red Runcie spend time with WT70 in the spring. However by May WT70 was in Teesdale.

Red Runcie was regularly recorded in the Gateshead area until 12th October 2007. This has been followed by no detections since.

Latest Sighting:

October 2007 - Gateshead

 

Kite No:

65

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Hook

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Cragside C of E First School, Cramlington, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In August, WT65 left Gateshead and began exploring other areas. On 18th November 2006, she was detected back in Gateshead during a red kite guided walk.

However, Hook's transmitter signal did not change for a period of time indicating problems. Following further investigation her corpse was found in mid-March. There is no evidence to suggest she died of anything other than natural causes.

Latest Sighting:

March 2007 - Gateshead - deceased, not suspicious

 

Kite No:

66

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Central First School, Ashington, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Wing tag 66 enjoyed exploring around the Rowlands Gill area. However, transmitter signals indicated a problem in the New Year of 2007. His corpse was found by a member of the public in woods near Dipton. There were no signs to indicate death was due to anything but natural causes.

January 2007 - Dipton, Co Durham - deceased, not suspicious

 

Kite No:

67

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Red Bullet

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Tanfield Lea Junior School, Stanley, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In early August, Red Bullet left Gateshead and began exploring other areas.

In early August 2006, Red Bullet left Gateshead and began exploring other areas.

On 20th December 2007 Red Bullet's signal was detected in north Yorkshire. A visual sighting has since confirmed Red Bullet is with the Yorkshire red kites near the Harewood Estate, to the north of Leeds.

This has been followed by no sightings since.

December 2007 - Harewood, Yorkshire

March 2013 - found dead near Ripley in Yorkshire. Post Mortem reports an unexplained death. Trauma associated with collision.

 

Kite No:

68

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Lyons Lightning

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Hetton Lyons Primary School, Sunderland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Lyons Lightning is still regularly detected in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn area.

On 5th November 2007, Lyons Lightning and five other kites were seen feeding on a pheasant carcass in a field in Rowlands Gill.

During the winter months Lyons Lightning has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008, Lyons Lightning was seen displaying in the Derwent valley with a Yorkshire kite (wing tag orange/green 1 - first seen in Gateshead in 2007). They went on to build a nest together and have raised one chick. The chick was fitted with a leg ring and wing tags B3. On 28th July 2008, Lyons Lighting was seen flying with partner WTO/G1 and chick WTB3 near Barlow in Gateshead.

Since mid-September 2008, Lyons Lightning has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 28th January 2009, Lyons Lightning was seen with 7 other kites in the Beda Hills area of Rowlands Gill. During March 2009, he was seen on two occasions in the Thornley Woods area of Rowlands Gill. He went on to successfully fledge two chicks, tagged C3 & C4 with WT O/G1 - Soar, but in 2010 this pair failed in their breeding attempt.

In January 2011 Lyons Lightning was identified at the winter pre-roost at Hollinside Manor.

Building a new nest within his territory, proved a good move, and he and his partner Soar, successfully fledged two chicks, untagged.

In August 2011 he was identified feeding in a recently harvested field near Winlaton with several other kites, including his partner Soar, and one of his 2009 chicks, C3.

March 2012 - observed on territory in Stampley Moss wood . The pair used last years nest. On the 19th June a dead chick was found in the nest. It must have succumbed to the cold and wet conditions that have been a feature of our weather this year. There was also two unhatched eggs in the nest.

June 2013 - Lyons Lightning and his partner Soar were found to have moved to a new territory in Thornley Woods where they successfully fledged two chicks, not ringed or wing tagged.

In March 2014 although there was some initial activity on this territory - Soar was later confirmed as moving to a new territory and pairing up with Red Philip (WT15)

June 2013 - on territory with his partner and two chicks

 

Kite No:

69

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Fire Feather

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Amble First School, Amble, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Fire Feather was regularly seen in Barlow Burn and the lower Derwent valley until 5th June 2007.

On 12th December 2007 Fire Feather was detected at the winter roost at Glen Almond in central Scotland.

He has not been detected since.

December 2007 - Glen Almond, Central Scotland

 

Kite No:

70

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Christi

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Corpus Christi RC Primary School, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

For the first two weeks after release, WT70 was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley. However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 20th July 2006. In September and October, WT70 was detected exploring County Durham around Swaledale. In early December she was detected with the kites in the Harewood Estate in Yorkshire. It was discovered on 7th March 2007 that Christi had returned to Gateshead, she was recorded at Barlow Burn with several other kites. By May she had travelled to County Durham, where her signal was detected in Langleydale, Teesdale. By mid-August 2007 Christi was back in Gateshead, she was detected at Barlow Burn.

Christi did not remain in Gateshead for long, by 16th October she was detected at Harewood Estate in Yorkshire, where she spent last winter. However, by 22nd October, Christi was back in Gateshead!

Since her return to Gateshead Christi has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008 Christi was seen displaying with WT92 (Sunrise) near Hamsterley Mill in County Durham. The pair built a nest together and have successfully raised three chicks - the most raised by any Northern kite in the northeast so far!

In early October 2008, Christi was seen at Muggleswick near the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham.

Christi was not seen again until 6th April 2009, she was perched in woodland near Hamsterley Hall with partner WT92, where they went on to successfully fledge two chicks, not tagged.

They again fledged two chicks in 2010, not tagged. In September 2010 Christi was seen at the winter roost at Sherburn Towers.

In 2011, although there was activity early in the season, the old nest was not used, and a new nest not found, so the out come for this year was unknown.

April 2011 - near Hamsterley Hall, Co Durham - kites active near nest territory

 

Kite No:

71

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Sky Dancer

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Whitehouse Primary School, North Shields, North Tyneside

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In late September, WT71 left Gateshead and was detected again in mid October in the upper Derwent valley near Derwent Reservoir. In early December 2006 he had returned to Gateshead. Since then Sky Dancer has regularly been recorded in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow area.

On 10th September 2007, Sky Dancer was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Sky Dancer has regularly been roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill and also at Gibside.

In spring 2008, Sky Dancer was seen displaying with WTA4 (Farra Flame) they went on to build a nest together and had two chicks, one of which was raised to fledging. This chick has been fitted with a leg ring and wing tags B9 and fledged in July 2008. Sky Dancer's mate WTA4 is only one year old and is the offspring of WT15 (Red Philip) and WT16 (Flag) (the first kites to breed in the northeast for nearly 200 years back in 2006). WTA4 has therefore made WT15 and WT16 grandparents at the ripe old age of four years old!

Since late September 2008, Sky Dancer has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

He was last seen in Gateshead at the end of 2008, this has been followed by no sightings since.

December 2008 - Sherburn Towers, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead

 

Kite No:

72

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Red Lightning

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

St Pius Xth Primary School, Consett, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

For the first few weeks after release, Red Lightning was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley. However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 26th July 2006. She returned to Gateshead in October. She was detected in Yorkshire with the kites at the Harewood estate in early December. However, on 15th February 2007, Red Lightning was back in Gateshead!

She was last detected in Gateshead on 11th April 2007.

Red lightning was not recorded in Gateshead again until 15th April 2008 when she was detected in Rowlands Gill and then at Gibside National Trust estate. She did not remain in Gateshead for long and by mid-June 2008 she was photographed at Gigrin Farm, the kite feeding station in Wales!

On 4th February 2009, Red Lightning was seen again at Gigrin Farm in Wales. It is assumed that she has now settled in this area.

February 2009 - Gigrin Farm, Wales

 

Kite No:

73

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Hugar

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Hookergate School, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In late August, WT73 left Gateshead and began exploring other areas. She briefly returned to Gateshead on 21st October. 2006, but has not been detected since.

October 2006 - Gateshead

 

Kite No:

74

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Jammy Dodger

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

St Joseph's RC Primary School, Highfield, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Jammy Dodger is regularly detected in the Barlow area.

During the winter months Jammy Dodger has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008 Jammy Dodger was seen displaying with WT40 (Ziggy) in the Derwent valley. They built a nest together, however, their eggs did not hatch.

Since mid-September 2008, Jammy Dodger has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

In spring 2009, Jammy Dodger and partner WT40 nested at the Highland Cattle Centre near Whittonstall, in the Tyne Valley, where they went on to successfully fledge one chick, not tagged.

There have been no sightings since, his partner Ziggy with her new partner WT A5 Ponteland Sunrise, attempted to breed at this same location in 2010, but both adults and their chick perished, much to the distress of the owners of the HCC. It was subsequently confirmed as poisoning, so it does not bode well for Jammy Dodger.

July 2009 - Highland Cattle Centre, Whittonstall, Northumberland - successfully fledged one chick with partner WT40

 

Kite No:

75

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Doddy Red

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Dodmire Infant and Nursery School, Darlington, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting

For the first few weeks after release, WT75 was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley. However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 24th July 2006.

On 14th October 2007, Doddy Red was detected in South East Northumberland. She was between the villages of Ulgham and Hebron, just North of Morpeth.

She has not been detected since.

October 2007 - North of Morpeth, Northumberland

 

Kite No:

76

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Chester

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Brighton Avenue Primary School, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. He is regularly recorded in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn area.

During the winter months Chester has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008, Chester was seen displaying with WT32 (Red Arrow) in the Derwent valley. They built a nest together but at a very early stage their chicks were predated upon by a carrion crow.

Since mid-September 2008, Chester has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

In spring 2009, Chester and partner WT32 built a nest on the Gibside Estate, Gateshead, and went on to successfully fledge two chicks, not tagged. In August the pair were seen on their territory with one of their chicks.

In 2010 the pair moved across the river from their previous territory, in to the lower Derwent Valley, and successfully fledged two chicks, not tagged.

Throughout the winter of 2010/2011 Chester was regularly seen at the pre-roosts at Hollinside Manor, and at the roosts at Snipes Dene.

In 2011 Chester and his partner WT32 successfully fledged two chicks, tagged E6 & E7.

Observed at the pre roost near Hollinside Manor on 21st November 2011.

March 2012 - refurbishing last years nest with his partner Red Arrow (WT32).

The pair successfully fledged three chicks and the whole family were seen flying together at Far Pasture on July 9th .

29/10/2012 - Identified on territory (Cappy Scar) and at pre roost, Hollinside Manor.

12/12/2012 - perched in tree at the northern end of territoy, near Thornley Garden Centre, off Hollinside Lane. Observed regularly at roost after this date.

01/04/2013 - building new nest with partner WT32, Red Arrow, above Far Pastures, Lockhaugh, Gateshead

15/04/13 - partner on nest incubating eggs

June 2013 - confirmed that three chicks successfully fledged, not ringed or wing tagged.

Chester was noted at the main roost on several occasions throughout the winter of 2013/2014

March 2014 - Chester and his partner WT32 Red Arrow on territory near Far Pasture refurbishing their nest

May 2014 - the pair had moved back to their previous territory at Cappy Scar and went on to successfully fledge two chicks wing tagged H8 and H9

June 2014 - on territory with his partner and two chicks  

February and March 2015 - Chester and his partner Red Arrow (WT32) were seen on their territory at Cappy Scar in Rowlands Gill, including being in a territorial dispute with other kites 

April and May 2015 - The pair were still seen on territory, and the nest appeared refurbished. By May this nest was not being used, no new nest was found and breeding was not confirmed.

July 2015 - Chester was identified sitting on a pylon in Rowlands Gill with a second kite, whilst a third kite was flying and calling nearby

October 2015 - Chester was seen near Hollinside Lane with two other untagged kites, one a juvenile

November 2015 - Chester was identified with another kite perched on a pylon in Rowlands Gill. This was very likely to be his partner WT32 Red Arrow from their behaviour - rubbing beaks and seeing other kites off.

February 2016 - Chester was identified several times this month - on one occasion at Pre-roost at Thornley Gardens perched on a pylon with several juveniles in attendance. He was also noted several times around the Far Pastures area sometimes interacting with another kite and hopes for a territory were high, but no active nest was found. 

September 2016 -  Chester was noted on two occasions perched on a pylon at a small pre-roost near Thornley Gardens with four other kites.

October 2016 - Chester was seen on two occasions near Thornley Nurseries, perched on his usual pylon - once chasing off a juvenile kite, and another time sitting happily with another kite both being very territorial and seeing off any other kites. 

November 2016 - Chester was seen on one occasion near Thornley Gardens, perched on his usual pylon.

December 2016 - Chester was again seen on one occasion on his territory near Thornley Kennels with WT15 Red Philip and WT K6 close by.

 

 

Kite No:

77

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Broady Whipper

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Broadwood Primary School, Denton Burn, Newcastle

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In mid September 2006, Broady Whipper explored Holywell Dene in North Tyneside but soon returned to Gateshead. He is regularly recorded around the lower Derwent Valley and Barlow area.

On 10th September 2007, Broady Whipper was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Broady Whipper has regularly been roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill and also at Gibside.

In Spring 2008, Broady Whipper was seen displaying with WT60 (Welbeck Whistler) in the Derwent valley. They built a nest together but did not successfully raise any chicks.

Since mid-September 2008, Broady Whipper has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

He was not seen again until 2009 when he successfully fledged one chick, not tagged, with WT60 at a new site in Rowlands Gill.

The following year, in Spring 2010, it was confirmed Broady Whipper had split from WT60 (now partnered with WT C1 at Gibside), and he attempted to breed with an unidentified kite, that failed in the early stages.

He was not seen for a year, but then identified in May 2011 flying over a new territory to the south of Rowlands Gill, the nest was not located, therefore the outcome remains uncertain.

May 2011 - south of Rowlands Gill, Gateshead - flying over a new territory

April 2012 - perched and calling in a conifer plantation at the west end of Rowlands Gill.

27/11/2012 - Highfield, Rowlands Gill - Identified from photograph (PR)

12/01/2013 - West end of Rowlands Gill - has been seen regularly in resident's garden(JB)

Feb/March - seen regularly around Orchard Tce and Orchard Road, with sticks on one occasion

08/04/2013 - perched in tree near Friarside, Rowlands Gill, then patrolling territory over Strother Hills and Orchard Road. Nest not found and outcome unknown.

28/09/2013 - Perched in conifer at the top of Orchard Road and calling

March 2014 - Broady Whipper noted regularly on territory in Orchard Road, but the nest was not found.

August 2014 - Broady Whipper and his unknown partner succesfully fledged at least one chick - a local resident noted plenty of calling from a juvenile kite on this territory. 

February and March 2015 - Broady Whipper was seen on his territory in Rowlands Gill and kites were seen in this area on several occasions 

April 2015 - a single kite was seen on territory but no further breeding activity was recorded.

 

Kite No:

78

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Orange

Kite Name:

Cedars Cyclone

Born:

2005 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

The Cedars School, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Cedars Cyclone originally fledged naturally from her nest in the Chilterns in July 2005. Unfortunately, she was found within a few days on the ground, underweight and requiring rehabilitation (it was thought she had been mobbed by crows and was brought down to the ground). She was transferred to the Northern Kites Project, but soon after her release to the wild in August was brought back into captivity. Over a period of month's, attempts were made to exercise her to help build up her flight muscles. She flew off for a week of freedom in February 2006 but was soon back in captivity. Unfortunately, during her exercise in late May 2006, she was mobbed by crows once again, grounding her and eventually killing her. Sadly, this is nature's way of birds defending territories and filtering out the weak so the strongest survive.May

2006 - lower Derwent Valley, Gateshead - deceased, mobbed and killed by crows

 

Kite No:

79

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Mulberry

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Brandling Primary School, Felling, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Mulberry is regularly detected at his usual haunts in Gateshead.

During the winter months Mulberry has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008, Mulberry and WT33 (Storm) were seen displaying in the Derwent valley. They built a nest together and have successfully raised two chicks. The chicks have been fitted with leg rings and wing tags C1 and C2 respectively. Both chicks fledged in July 2008.

On 15th September 2008, Mulberry was seen flying with four other kites over Rowlands Gill in Gateshead.

On 2nd April 2009, Mulberry was seen at Snipes Dene in Gibside National Trust estate, Gateshead, and in the November he was identified flying over High Thornley, near Rowlands Gill.

In January 2010, Mulberry was identified at the winter roost at Snipes Dene, and then in March at a possible new territory with his partner WT33, near High Thornley. Three days later, the pair were identified at Hollinside Manor. Their nest was never located, but it is possible they were an unidentified pair that successfully fledged two chicks (tagged D4 & D5) at a new territory in Gateshead's Derwent Park in 2010.

During winter 2010/2011 Mulberry was a regular visitor at the pre-roost at Hollinside Manor.

In spring of 2011 Mulberry and his partner WT33, were identified at the territory in Gateshead's Derwent Park, where last year two unidentified kites had successfully fledged two chicks (see above), but they failed at the incubation stage - April 2011.

Recorded at pre roost near Hollinside Manor on the 21st November 2011.

March 2012 - Mulberry was seen regularly on territory with his partnerStorm ( WT33 ). They built a nest approx. 75 metres west of last years and on June 25th two very well feathered chicks, close to fledging, were seen in the nest.

15/10/2012 - recorded at pre roost, Hollinside Manor.

09/11/2012 - noted on territory at the west side of Paddock Hill

By mid March Mulberry was back on territory with his mate WT33 and were refurbishing last years nest by the end of the month.

15/04/2013 - Perched near nest site on the west side of Paddock Hill, in the Derwent Country Park, Gateshead. Female incubating.

2 chicks were hatched by May, but by June 2013 it was confirmed the nest had failed, possible predation by crows.

March 2014 - Mulberry and his partner Storm WT33 were initially on their old territory and they were seen carrying nesting material.

June 2014 - it was confirmed they had moved to a new location in Rowlands Gill, the nest was not found but a juvenile was seen perched in a tree.

July 2014 - seen on territory with chick perched close by

February 2015 - Mulberry and his partner Storm (WT33) were seen near their old nest site in Rowlands Gill. 

April 2015 - the pair were found back at their 2013 nest site at Paddock Hill, with Storm incubating and Mulberry seeing off corvids. The nest subsequently failed, probably from predation.

 

Kite No:

80

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Sky Diver

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

New Hartley First School, Cramlington, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Sky Diver is regularly seen flying in the Barlow area.

In spring 2007 he was seen building a nest with WT34 (Parochial Poppy), however, they did not breed successfully.

During the winter months Sky Diver has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In Spring 2008, Sky Diver and WT34 paired up again, however, they did not successfully raise any chicks.

On 15th September 2008, Sky Diver was seen at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. He was also recorded at the roost on 16th October 2008.

On 23rd March 2009, Sky Diver's partner, WT34, was seen foraging in field of winter cereal in High Spen, Gateshead, with WTA3 trying to woo her! Sky Diver appeared and chased WTA3 away but after a few minutes he drifted back. WTA3 eventually moved on after getting chased by Sky Diver for a second time. This pair were seen on territory in the Barlow Burn, but no nest was found.

In March 2010 Sky Diver was seen in the company of WT43 Swift, who was confirmed as his new partner, as they successfully fledged one chick, tagged E2, in the Blaydon Burn.

Sky Diver was then seen at the winter roost at Snipes Dene in January 2011. He has not been seen since, and his partner WT43 Swift, then successfully paired up with WT15 Red Philip.

January 2011 - Snipes Dene, Gibside, Gateshead - identified at the winter roost

 

 

Kite No:

81

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Scorcher

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Warkworth C of E (Aided) First School, Warkworth, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting

For the first few weeks after release, WT81 was detected in the lower Derwent valley. However, in mid-August he was found undernourished and struggling to fly. He was taken back into the pens for feeding and was released after gaining weight in late August. Scorcher is regularly detected in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn area.

In spring 2007, Scorcher was seen displaying with WT32, they set up a territory but did not nest. In mid-June, following several days of heavy rain, the staff at Gibside National Trust estate found Scorcher on the ground soaked through and underweight. Scorcher was taken into rehabilitation and following several weeks of special care and attention he has made a full recovery. He was released back into the Derwent valley in late-July.

On 10th September 2007, Scorcher was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Scorcher has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

Scorcher was last detected in Gateshead in April 2008.

April 2008 - Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

82

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

No name given

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

St. John's Chapel, Weardale, Co Durham

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Unfortunately in mid September, WT82's body was found in Gateshead next to a wooden electricity pylon. Following post mortem, it was deemed that her death was caused by electrocution; she must have made contact with the cables.

September 2006 - Gateshead - deceased, probable electrocution

 

 

Kite No:

83

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Red Saint

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

St Agnes Day Nursery School, Crawcrook, Gateshead

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

For the first few weeks after release, WT83 was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley. However, his exploring took him away from Gateshead where he was last detected on 26th July 2006. In late September, WT83 was detected in the Holywell Dene area of North Tyneside where he has been seen since. However, in mid December 2006 WT83 returned to Gateshead where he has joined the kites in the communal winter roost.

In spring 2007, Red Saint seemed to pair off with WT89, though this did not last. He is still regularly recorded in the lower Derwent valley.

During the winter months Red Saint has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

On 11th February 2008, Red Saint was seen with five other kites feeding in a field and perching on fence posts just north of the Barlow Burn.

In spring 2008, Red Saint set up a territory near Tanfield in County Durham with an as yet unidentified female. They successfully raised one chick that fledged in July 2008.

On 9th October 2008, Red Saint was roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 23rd February 2009, Red Saint was recorded at Causey Gill in County Durham and seen there again in early March 2009. He went on to successfully fledge one chick, untagged, with his unknown partner. The following year, 2010, this pair successfully fledged two chicks, untagged.

In 2011 Red Saint and his untagged partner kept our monitoring team guessing, first moving to a new territory near Beamish Golf course, and then moving again to the Beamish Bird of Prey centre, where they went on to successfully fledge two chicks, not tagged.

Red Saint also showed some interest in a captive female red kite here, dropping twigs in to her cage, and also becoming involved in some of the display activities.

June 2011 - Beamish Bird of Prey Centre, Co Durham - successfully fledged two chicks with his untagged partner.

December 2011 - the pair became very unpopular with the staff of the Bird of Prey Centre when they chased of a black kite during a flying display there. The Black Kite was never seen again .

Early March 2012 - building a new nest, still in the same tree, with partner, an untagged female.

Late March  - the pair built  another nest in a pine tree directly above the black kite pen in the Bird of Prey Centre. Red Saint and his untagged partner went on to raise two chicks which fledged in early July,

July 2012 - noted on territory 

October 2012 - recorded twice at pre roost in the Derwent Valley, perched on a pylon near Hollinside Manor 

April 2013 - pair of kites perched in a tree at South Causey, this may have been Red Saint and his untagged partner, who were believed to have moved near to the golf course - some activity on his territiory but no new nest found.

February and March 2015 - Red Saint and his untagged partner were seen near the Beamish Bird of Prey Centre, and seen with nesting material. The nest was not found and breeding was not confirmed.

March 2016 - Red Saint and his Untagged partner were noted on their territory at Causey Gill, and at times defending their nest site from a pair of buzzards also nesting near by.

April and May 2016 - Red Saint was noted being very protective of the nest site, whilst the female was first incubating then brooding chicks.

June 2016 - Red Saint and his partner went on to successfully fledge two chicks, too big to ring or wing tag.

 

 

 

Kite No:

84

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Shiver

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Male

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Barmston Village Primary School, Sunderland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In early November 2006, Shiver was detected near Hexham but returned to Gateshead. She is regularly recorded in the Barlow Burn area.

On 10th September 2007, Shiver was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

In spring 2008, Shiver was seen displaying with WTA5 (Ponteland Sunrise) though they did not nest together. On 27th June 2008 Shiver was recorded at Beda Hills in Gateshead.

On 15th September 2008, Shiver was recorded at Gibside National Trust estate in Gateshead. On 25th October, Shiver was recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 23rd February 2009, Shiver was seen perched in a tree at Whickham golf course in Gateshead.

Shiver was not seen again until the following year, where at his territory near Causey, Co Durham, it was confirmed he successfully fledged one chick, not tagged, with his partner Red / Purple T2, a 2007 kite from the mid Scotland Project. In August he was identified near his territory.

On three occasions in January and February 2011, he was identified at the winter roosts and pre-roosts at Snipes Dene and Hollinside Manor. Shiver and his Scottish partner wing tag red/purpleT2,  then went on to successfully fledge three chicks, two tagged F0 & F1, at their territory near Causey.

Recorded at the pre roost near Hollinside Manor on the 12th November and observed on territory in the Causey Gill on 10th December 2011.

 March 2012 - refurbishing last years nest with partner Red/Ppurple T2.

The pair went on to raise a single chick which was ringed and wing tagged (F2) on June 19th. 30th June 2012 - photographed at the nest site. On the 13th July he was found dead on Redcar beach. It is thought that the kite had perished in bad weather and then was taken out to sea via the rivers Team & Tyne.The tide and currents would then have taken it down to Redcar. Had been partnered with R/P T2

 

 

Kite No:

85

Wing Tag Left/Right:

Pink / Green

Kite Name:

Rothbury Rosie

Born:

2006 Chilterns

Male/Female:

Female

Parents:

Unknown

Adopt a Kite School:

Rothbury First School, Rothbury, Northumberland

Brief Summary:

 

 

 

Latest Sighting

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Rothbury Rosie was regularly seen flying around the Barlow Burn area until 12th March 2007. She has not been detected since.

March 2007 - Barlow Burn, Gateshead

 

 

Kite No:

86