Results as follows:
|Gigrin Farm||485-550||250-300||Tony Cross|
|Talsarn||250-300||200||Liz & Brian Snell|
|Bow Street||115||92||Mike Hayward|
Many thanks to all the observers who gave their time to undertake counts. The Welsh population is currently estimated at in excess of 3,000 birds so this winter's count represents only about 20% of the population. In future winters, counts will only be carried out during a period of prolonged cold weather.
Since tagging was re-started in 2002 we have wing-tagged over 2,000 young Red Kites - where the hell have they all gone?! I managed to read 11 birds in two days at Gigrin (including 1 Scottish bird), Mike did better at Bow Street with 14 tags read and John Roberts got two at Llanddeusant. I know there were more to be had but despite the huge effort expended every summer most kites nowadays are un-tagged (I can hear the photographers rejoicing from here!)
One of the few tagged kites identified at Gigrin. A 2011 chick from just over the road!