I posted a while back about the spread of the Buzzard. Well on Sunday I saw another raptor that is spreading.
The Red Kite was extinct in England and anyone who wanted to see one had to go to Wales. There have been a few high profile re-introductions, perhaps most famously in the Chilterns, and now these beautiful birds are easy to see if you go to the right parts of the country.
If you ever drive up the M40 you are highly likely to see a large numbers of red kites but they are slowly spreading out from the reintroduction areas. I've seen one over Bishop Stortford Hospital, seen a couple over Audley End and now over the M11 (which is where I saw them Sunday). I have no idea where these beautiful birds are breeding but I assume they are breeding in the Essex, Herts, Cambridgeshire area. They are gorgeous birds and I hope they continue to prosper.