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TonyClifton 20.07.2020 10:39

What's with all the Red kites?
 
I've just come back from a morning cycle and it's staggering the number of Red kites I've seen this year. I know that they're not an uncommon sight in Switzerland but I counted at least 25 circling above one single field that was being harvested.

I love these magnificent birds and it's great to see them doing so well. One does wonder if numbers are increasing and why? Has anyone else noticed anything similar?

lost_inbroad 20.07.2020 10:45

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Originally Posted by TonyClifton (Post 3200199)
I've just come back from a morning cycle and it's staggering the number of Red kites I've seen this year. I know that they're not an uncommon sight in Switzerland but I counted at least 25 circling above one single field that was being harvested.

I love these magnificent birds and it's great to see them doing so well. One does wonder if numbers are increasing and why? Has anyone else noticed anything similar?

I've noticed the same. They're a beautiful sight to see but I have no clue as to why they seem more prevalent in recent times.

Tom1234 20.07.2020 10:53

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I've seen more but it's about this time of the year that the young birds are taking their first flights.

That would account for the increased numbers seen recently but that would not explain the overall increase (if there actually is one).

Why there are a lot more this year overall?- a warm winter? Less breeding adults killed by cars (because of less cars on the road due to COVID-19) back in April/May)? Less pollution...?

bowlie 20.07.2020 11:05

Re: What's with all the Red kites?
 
Not so many around Lac Lemain this year, perhaps they have decided their French is good enough, they need to learn some Swiss German.

Belgianmum 20.07.2020 11:54

Re: What's with all the Red kites?
 
We’ve had absolutely loads of them circling over here since the start of the ‘lockdown’, way more than normal.
Neuch‚tel french is obviously ok for them.

John_H 20.07.2020 13:38

Re: What's with all the Red kites?
 
Loads of them up here..
Same thing, seeing them in their tens circling in the warm air. Especially when the fields have been cut, huge numbers.

curley 20.07.2020 14:03

Re: What's with all the Red kites?
 
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Originally Posted by bowlie (Post 3200203)
Not so many around Lac Lemain this year, perhaps they have decided their French is good enough, they need to learn some Swiss German.

Same around Winterthur, we used to have much more. They all flew off to Zurich? Can't blame them really. :msnsad:

Kittster 20.07.2020 14:26

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Due to milder winters, an increasing number of adult red kites don't fly south anymore. The young ones still fly off, probably because you can't easily override instincts but the adults tend to stay. Since migrating is always a dangerous endeavour that kills off a certain number, the birds staying here means there are more adult birds to rear chicks.

Switzerland is actually home to 10% of the world's red kite population. The ban on shooting them and ready availability of food means they have ideal conditions to thrive here.

AbFab 20.07.2020 19:14

Re: What's with all the Red kites?
 
Also as they live from 20 to 25 years they are stacking up here in the Zurioberland. We are also see more hawks this year.

Red Kits have a `V`tail going inwards. Hawks have a rounded tail.

When our cat kills a mouse, more often than not a Kite will swoop down and take it from the lawn...

bowlie 20.07.2020 19:57

Re: What's with all the Red kites?
 
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Originally Posted by AbFab (Post 3200313)
Also as they live from 20 to 25 years they are stacking up here in the Zurioberland. We are also see more hawks this year.

Red Kits have a `V`tail going inwards. Hawks have a rounded tail.

When our cat kills a mouse, more often than not a Kite will swoop down and take it from the lawn...

Better than taking your cat ...

lost_inbroad 20.07.2020 20:00

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Better than taking your cat ...

I'd pay good money for a red kite to remove my neighbors cats...and an annoying owl.

bowlie 20.07.2020 20:18

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Originally Posted by lost_inbroad (Post 3200334)
I'd pay good money.

Is there any other kind?

lost_inbroad 20.07.2020 20:19

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Originally Posted by bowlie (Post 3200339)
Is there any other kind?

You don't want to know.

bowlie 20.07.2020 20:26

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Originally Posted by lost_inbroad (Post 3200340)
You don't want to know.

Why would I ask a question that I donít want an answer for.

There may be bad people, but money canít be anything but good.

lost_inbroad 20.07.2020 20:33

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Originally Posted by bowlie (Post 3200342)
Why would I ask a question that I donít want an answer for.

There may be bad people, but money canít be anything but good.

So are guns. We're getting awfuly phylosophical here :rolleyes:

Chuff 21.07.2020 04:46

Re: What's with all the Red kites?
 
I love the fact I see so many birds of prey in CH and i have often wondered at the large groups of kites I've seen. A couple of years ago on the outskirts of ZŁrich I saw around 30+ kites circling a field and I was like "wtf how is that possible", but there must be enough food to support them so it's fine by me as it keeps the rodents down and the dastardly Crows in check. I often see Kites and Crows having mid-air tussles and next to where I work. :D

Sadly before the lockdown I also saw a mature adult kite get run over by a car near Adliswil. They are hardly small birds so I don't know how a car didn't see it. As I was walking up to it I saw its mate standing at the side of the road trying to figure out what was going on, the nflew off when it realised it was hopeless. I ran over the road with a stick to push its body to the side and give it some dignity.

Raptors are such amazing and majestic animals, the lions of the sky. :)


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