Red Kites swoop on schoolchildren!?!

1 Jun

If it was me I’d think it was the best thing in the world to have a magnificent aerial acrobat swoop down and swipe my sarnies but the BBC seem to think otherwise :

I must admit I have a soft spot for red kites – for the best part of 10 years I used to drive from York to Leeds every day for work and would often see anywhere between one and five of them either perched in a tree by the road or swooping low overhead, and on several occasions I went and parked up behind Harewood House and watched groups soaring above the trees.

Red Kite

It is sad to see the overreaction and hyperbole of the media and locals’ (especially farmers) calls for culls only a few short years since the species was brought back from extinction in England.

Red Kite (captive)


7 Responses to “Red Kites swoop on schoolchildren!?!”

  1. Alan Tilmouth June 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    “Witnesses report seeing Red KItes perched on prams” – witnesses have also reported regular alien abductions but I don’t believe their accounts either.. poor reporting by the BBC on this one.

    • bedlingtonwanderer June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

      Indeed. I’m also sceptical about them sweeping up chickens. Day old chicks maybe but I don’t see kites carrying off my Sunday roast.

      • bedlingtonwanderer June 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

        Nice to see a piece on BBC TV the following day which although reporting the alleged nuisance factor portrayed a much more balanced picture, and much of the subsequent debate on message boards is equally sceptical of some of the more fanciful claims.

        As one wag commented, if they are nicking sandwiches from schoolkids it may be one way of solving childhood obesity!

  2. Barry Larking June 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Richard Ingrams, ex-Private Eye editor and Cotswold resident, has been in the forefront of anti-Red Kite publicity and this has not been without effect. Together with others in the Cotswolds elite, he dislikes birdwatchers and ramblers.

  3. davy boye June 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    A bit of press hype …..again.

    Chickens being swept up… I dont think so

    Rhode Island Red
    The Roosters usually weigh in at 8.5 pounds (3.9 kg), the Hens slightly less at 6.5 pounds (2.9 kg), cockerel at 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg), and pullets at 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)

    Red Kite 1.3 kg

    And as for them perching on prams are you sure its not a stork making deliveries 🙂

    • bedlingtonwanderer June 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

      Indeed. I’ve seen plenty of kites in the wild in Yorkshire, the Cotswolds and the Black Isle in Scotland and the biggest prey item I’ve seen them take is an earthworm!

      Mind if I’d had a red kite perch on my pram it would have instilled in me a never-ending awe of wirld birds, so its probably no bad thing.


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