We’ve only seen Red Kite on one previous walk for Safari Britain, but the upturn in sightings over recent weeks across the east Downland put it high on the list of possible sightings for this, the first bird walk of 2010.
And so, while we were still drinking tea at the campsite, a Red Kite drifted through heading West, pursued by a mob of crows. A good omen for the summer’s birding, perhaps.
And a bird thermalling high over the campsite that initially had me stumped turned out to be a Cormorant.
We didn’t come across the kite again before I left the campsite, but approaching Tilton there was a collection of birds of prey in the air: another Red Kite (or the same?) a circling pair of Hobbies and briefly a third, plus Common Buzzard.