Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Sad find

Bri is 168cm
The road from Pontrhydfendigaid to Aber is not very busy so traffic flies along relying on an empty road only this time there was something in the way...a red kite.  This pic is to show its size and the left wing is not even straight out! The minimum wingspan quoted in BWP is 195cm.
I think it looks a bit pale so is it a immature bird Tony?
Its middle toe excluding claw was 30mm: male?
It has been taken for analysis to check for poisons which can impair its reaction time thus making it more liable to be biffed by a vehicle.
I also removed a couple of feathers for WKT's on-going DNA study.


  1. Hi Liz,

    yes, definitely a young bird, you can tell by the colour of the tail and looking at the size I'd say a female but not a lot in it. Hopefully the post-mortem will tell us.