As you may remember I am keeping a note of which days I see Red Kites this year. I’ve not seen one today, yet, even though it’s a sunny day.
But the weekend before last I had to go to Corby to do some shopping – a distance of 16 miles. That short journey delivered sightings of 38 Red Kites on the way there and 28 on the way back.
This bird really is a part of everyday life in rural east Northants. The County Council may be virtually bankrupt but the Red Kites are booming. That’s quite a different status from that reported in the first book on the birds of Northamptonshire, published 1895, by the 4th Baron Lilford where he wrote;
Of this fine bird and its habits in this county, or indeed I may say in this country, I am sorry to say that, from personal observation, I have next to nothing to relate, for the obvious reason that the species has been all but extinct in our district for nearly fifty years, and is now a rare bird in all parts of Great Britain.Notes on the birds of Northamptonshire and neighbourhood.