Red Kites, Tetsworth, Oxon – 13th January 2012

TheM40 corridor north between Beaconsfield and Oxford is renowned for its largepopulation of Red Kites and I often marvel at their sight whenever I travelalong the route. On several occasions I’ve pulled off the M40 and travelled upthe A40 giving me chance to pull over and observe them at closer quarters.
Afterpulling in a layby on the way down from Aston Rowant NNR and observing 2 atdistance as well as a small flock of travelling Long-tailed Tit I decided tocontinue north to Tetsworth, Oxon where I’ve watched small numbers of RedKites over the village green and also gives good opportunities to photographthem.
Afterpulling up in a layby opposite the green I watched 10 Red Kite circling overthe roof tops and 2 over the green. Numbers for the day must have been aroundthe 100 mark with 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk adding to the raptornumbers along the stretch.
 Above Red KIte below one of a small group of travelling Long-tailed Tit