Kites released in 2006 (Wing Tags 61 - 95)

Wing Tag 61

Wing Tag 62

Wing Tag 63

Wing Tag 64

Wing Tag 65

Wing Tag 66

Wing Tag 67

Wing Tag 68

Wing Tag 69

Wing Tag 70

Wing Tag 71

Wing Tag 72

Wing Tag 73

Wing Tag 74

Wing Tag 75

Wing Tag 76

Wing Tag 77

Wing Tag 79

Wing Tag 80

Wing Tag 81

Wing Tag 82

Wing Tag 83

Wing Tag 84

Wing Tag 85

Wing Tag 86

Wing Tag 87

Wing Tag 89

Wing Tag 90

Wing Tag 91

Wing Tag 92

Wing Tag 93

Wing Tag 94

Wing Tag 95

 

 

 

Name:

Wrekenton Warrior

Wing Tag:

61

Adopted by:

Fell Dyke Community Primary School, Gateshead (previously adopted wing tag 29 who died

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

7th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. She is regularly seen flying around the Barlow area.

Wrekenton Warrior was regularly recorded in the Gateshead area until mid-May 2007. On the 11th June 2007, a report was received from Worcester, in the West Midlands, that a red kite was feeding on a dead pigeon in a field. This kite was Wrekenton Warrior!

Wrekenton Warrior has not been detected since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Cedars Cyclone

Wing Tag:

62

Adopted by:

The Cedars School, Gateshead (previously adopted wing tag 78 who died)

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

7th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

For the first few weeks after release, Cedars Cyclone was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley.  However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 24th July 2006. In mid October 2006, Cedars Cyclone was detected and found to be in the Scottish borders, just north of Coldstream. She has not been detected since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Polo

Wing Tag:

63

Adopted by:

Dubmire Primary School, Houghton-le-Spring

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

27th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Polo is still regularly detected in the Barlow area.

Polo spent a lot of time with WT33 in the spring, they were seen carrying sticks but did not build a nest.

On 10th September 2007, Polo was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Polo has regularly been roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill and also at Gibside.

In spring 2008, Polo was seen displaying with WT89 (Kitty) and they built a nest together near Hamsterley in County Durham. WT89 was seen incubating, however, their eggs did not hatch.

Since early September 2008, Polo has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 9th March 2009, Polo was seen at Victoria Garesfield Lane in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

This has been followed by no sightings since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Red Runcie

Wing Tag:

64

Adopted by:

Archbishop Runcie C of E Aided First School, Newcastle

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

7th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In September, Red Runcie briefly visited Devil’s Water, near Slaley in Northumberland. He is regularly detected in Barlow Burn and the lower Derwent valley.

Red Runcie spend time with WT70 in the spring. However by May WT70 was in Teesdale.

Red Runcie was regularly recorded in the Gateshead area until 12th October 2007. This has been followed by no detections since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Hook

Wing Tag:

65

Adopted by:

Cragside First School, Cramlington

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

27th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In August, WT65 left Gateshead and began exploring other areas. On 18th November 2006, she was detected back in Gateshead during a red kite guided walk.

However, Hook's transmitter signal did not change for a period of time indicating problems. Following further investigation her corpse was found in mid-March. There is no evidence to suggest she died of anything other than natural causes.

Location as of July 2009:

DECEASED

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Name:

No name given

Wing Tag:

66

Adopted by:

Central First School, Ashington

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

11th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Wing tag 66 enjoyed exploring around the Rowlands Gill area. However, transmitter signals indiated a problem in the New Year of 2007. His corpse was found by a member of the public in woods near Dipton. There were no signs to indicate death was due to anything but natural causes.

Location as of July 2009:

DECEASED

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Name:

Red Bullet

Wing Tag:

67

Adopted by:

Tanfield Lea Junior School, Stanley

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

27th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In early August, Red Bullet left Gateshead and began exploring other areas.

In early August 2006, Red Bullet left Gateshead and began exploring other areas.

On 20th December 2007 Red Bullet's signal was detected in north Yorkshire. A visual sighting has since confirmed Red Bullet is with the Yorkshire red kites near the Harewood Estate, to the north of Leeds.

This has been followed by no sightings since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Lyons Lightning

Wing Tag:

68

Adopted by:

Hetton Lyons Primary School, Sunderland

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

25th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Lyons Lightning is still regularly detected in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn area.

On 5th November 2007, Lyons Lightning and five other kites were seen feeding on a pheasant carcass in a field in Rowlands Gill.

During the winter months Lyons Lightning has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008, Lyons Lightning was seen displaying in the Derwent valley with a Yorkshire kite (wing tag orange/green 1 - first seen in Gateshead in 2007). They went on to build a nest together and have raised one chick. The chick was fitted with a leg ring and wing tags B3. On 28th July 2008, Lyons Lighting was seen flying with partner WTO/G1 and chick WTB3 near Barlow in Gateshead.

Since mid-September 2008, Lyons Lightning has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 28th January 2009, Lyons Lightning was seen with 7 other kites in the Beda Hills area of Rowlands Gill. During March 2009, he was seen on two occasions in the Thornley Woods area of Rowlands Gill.

Location as of July 2009:

Lower Derwent Valley, Gateshead

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Name:

Fire Feather

Wing Tag:

69

Adopted by:

Amble First School, Northumberland

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

27th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Fire Feather was regularly seen in Barlow Burn and the lower Derwent valley until 5th June 2007.

On 12th December 2007 Fire Feather was detected at the winter roost at Glen Almond in central Scotland.

He has not been detected since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Christi

Wing Tag:

70

Adopted by:

Corpus Christi RC Primary School, Gateshead

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

6th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

For the first two weeks after release, WT70 was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley.  However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 20th July 2006. In September and October, WT70 was detected exploring County Durham around Swaledale. In early December she was detected with the kites in the Harewood Estate in Yorkshire. It was discovered on 7th March 2007 that Christi had returned to Gateshead, she was recorded at Barlow Burn with several other kites. By May she had travelled to County Durham, where her signal was detected in Langleydale, Teesdale. By mid-August 2007 Christi was back in Gateshead, she was detected at Barlow Burn.

Christi did not remain in Gateshead for long, by 16th October she was detected at Harewood Estate in Yorkshire, where she spent last winter. However, by 22nd October, Christi was back in Gateshead!

Since her return to Gateshead Christi has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008 Christi was seen displaying with WT92 (Sunrise) near Hamsterley Mill in County Durham. The pair built a nest together and have successfully raised three chicks - the most raised by any Northern kite in the northeast so far!

In early October 2008, Christi was seen at Muggleswick near the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. Christi was not seen again until 6th April 2009, she was perched in woodland near Hamsterley Hall with partner WT92.

Location as of July 2009:

County Durham

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Name:

Sky Dancer

Wing Tag:

71

Adopted by:

Whitehouse Primary School, North Shields

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

6th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In late September, WT71 left Gateshead and was detected again in mid October in the upper Derwent valley near Derwent Reservoir. In early December 2006 he had returned to Gateshead.  Since then Sky Dancer has regularly been recorded in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow area.

On 10th September 2007, Sky Dancer was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Sky Dancer has regularly been roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill and also at Gibside.

In spring 2008, Sky Dancer was seen displaying with WTA4 (Farra Flame) they went on to build a nest together and had two chicks, one of which was raised to fledging. This chick has been fitted with a leg ring and wing tags B9 and fledged in July 2008. Sky Dancer's mate WTA4 is only one year old and is the offspring of WT15 (Red Philip) and WT16 (Flag) (the first kites to breed in the northeast for nearly 200 years back in 2006). WTA4 has therefore made WT15 and WT16 grandparents at the ripe old age of four years old!

Since late September 2008, Sky Dancer has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

He was last seen in Gateshead at the end of 2008, this has been followed by no sightings since.

Location as of July 2009:

Gateshead

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Name:

Red Lightning

Wing Tag:

72

Adopted by:

St. Pius Primary School, Consett

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

6th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

For the first few weeks after release, Red Lightning was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley.  However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 26th July 2006. She returned to Gateshead in October. She was detected in Yorkshire with the kites at the Harewood estate in early December. However, on 15th February 2007, Red Lightning was back in Gateshead!

She was last detected in Gateshead on 11th April 2007.

Red lightning was not recorded in Gateshead again until 15th April 2008 when she was detected in Rowlands Gill and then at Gibside National Trust estate. She did not remain in Gateshead for long and by mid-June 2008 she was photographed at Gigrin Farm, the kite feeding station in Wales!

On 4th February 2009, Red Lightning was seen again at Gigrin Farm in Wales. It is assumed that she has now settled in this area.

Location as of July 2009:

Wales

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Name:

Hugar

Wing Tag:

73

Adopted by:

Hookergate School, Gateshead

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

6th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In late August, WT73 left Gateshead and began exploring other areas. She briefly returned to Gateshead on 21st October. 2006, but has not been detected since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Jammy Dodger

Wing Tag:

74

Adopted by:

St. Josephs RC Primary School, Gateshead

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

6th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Jammy Dodger is regularly detected in the Barlow area.

During the winter months Jammy Dodger has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008 Jammy Dodger was seen displaying with WT40 (Ziggy) in the Derwent valley. They built a nest together, however, their eggs did not hatch.

Since mid-September 2008, Jammy Dodger has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

In spring 2009, Jammy Dodger and partner WT40 nested at the Highland Cattle Centre near Whittonstall, in the Tyne Valley.

Location as of July 2009:

Northumberland

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Name:

Doddy Red

Wing Tag:

75

Adopted by:

Dodmire Infant and Nursery School, Darlington

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

6th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

For the first few weeks after release, WT75 was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley.  However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 24th July 2006.

On 14th October 2007, Doddy Red was detected in South East Northumberland. She was between the villages of Ulgham and Hebron, just north of Morpeth.

She has not been detected since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Chester

Wing Tag:

76

Adopted by:

Brighton Avenue Primary School, Gateshead

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

25th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. He is regularly recorded in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn area.

During the winter months Chester has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008, Chester was seen displaying with WT32 (Red Arrow) in the Derwent valley. They built a nest together but at a very early stage their chicks were predated upon by a carrion crow.

Since mid-September 2008, Chester has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

In spring 2009, Chester and partner WT32 built a nest in the lower Derwent valley, Gateshead.

Location as of July 2009:

Lower Derwent Valley, Gateshead

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Name:

Broady Whipper

Wing Tag:

77

Adopted by:

Broadwood Primary School, Newcastle

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

13th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In mid September 2006, Broady Whipper explored Holywell Dene in North Tyneside but soon returned to Gateshead. He is regularly recorded around the lower Derwent Valley and Barlow area.

On 10th September 2007, Broady Whipper was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Broady Whipper has regularly been roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill and also at Gibside.

In Spring 2008, Broady Whipper was seen displaying with WT60 (Welbeck Whistler) in the Derwent valley. They built a nest together but did not successfully raise any chicks.

Since mid-September 2008, Broady Whipper has regularly been recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

He was last seen in Gateshead at the end of 2008, this has been followed by no sightings since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Mulberry

Wing Tag:

79

Adopted by:

Brandling Primary School, Gateshead

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

27th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Mulberry is regularly detected at his usual haunts in Gateshead.

During the winter months Mulberry has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008, Mulberry and WT33 (Storm) were seen displaying in the Derwent valley. They built a nest together and have successfully raised two chicks. The chicks have been fitted with leg rings and wing tags C1 and C2 respectively. Both chicks fledged in July 2008.

On 15th September 2008, Mulberry was seen flying with four other kites over Rowlands Gill in Gateshead.

On 2nd April 2009, Mulberry was seen at Snipes Dene in Gibside National Trust estate, Gateshead.

Location as of July 2009:

Lower Derwent Valley, Gateshead

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Name:

Sky Diver

Wing Tag:

80

Adopted by:

New Hartley First School, Northumberland

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

25th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Sky Diver is regularly seen flying in the Barlow area.

In spring 2007 he was seen building a nest with WT34 (Parochial Poppy), however, they did not breed successfully.

During the winter months Sky Diver has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In Spring 2008, Sky Diver and WT34 paired up again, however, they did not successfully raise any chicks.

On 15th September 2008, Sky Diver was seen at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. He was also recorded at the roost on 16th October 2008.

On 23rd March 2009, Sky Diver's partner, WT34, was seen foraging in field of winter cereal in High Spen, Gateshead, with WTA3 trying to woo her! Sky Diver appeared and chased WTA3 away but after a few minutes he drifted back. WTA3 eventually moved on after getting chased by Sky Diver for a second time.

Location as of July 2009:

Lower Derwent Valley, Gateshead

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Name:

Scorcher

Wing Tag:

81

Adopted by:

Warkworth C of E First School, Northumberland

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

25th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

For the first few weeks after release, WT81 was detected in the lower Derwent valley. However, in mid-August he was found undernourished and struggling to fly. He was taken back into the pens for feeding and was released after gaining weight in late August. Scorcher is regularly detected in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn area.

In spring 2007, Scorcher was seen displaying with WT32, they set up a territory but did not nest. In mid-June, following several days of heavy rain, the staff at Gibside National Trust estate found Scorcher on the ground soaked through and underweight. Scorcher was taken into rehabilitation and following several weeks of special care and attention he has made a full recovery. He was released back into the Derwent valley in late-July.

On 10th September 2007, Scorcher was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Scorcher has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

Scotcher was last detected in Gateshead in April 2008.`

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

No name given

Wing Tag:

82

Adopted by:

St. John's Chapel, Weardale, Co. Durham

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

13th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Unfortunately in mid September, WT82's body was found in Gateshead next to a wooden electricity pylon. Following post mortem, it was deemed that her death was caused by electrocution; she must have made contact with the cables.

Location as of July 2009:

Deceased

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Name:

Red Saint

Wing Tag:

83

Adopted by:

St. Agnes Day Nursery School, Gateshead

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

15th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

For the first few weeks after release, WT83 was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley.  However, his exploring took him away from Gateshead where he was last detected on 26th July 2006. In late September, WT83 was detected in the Holywell Dene area of North Tyneside where he has been seen since. However, in mid December 2006 WT83 returned to Gateshead where he has joined the kites in the communal winter roost.

In spring 2007, Red Saint seemed to pair off with WT89, though this did not last. He is still regularly recorded in the lower Derwent valley.

During the winter months Red Saint has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

On 11th February 2008, Red Saint was seen with five other kites feeding in a field and perching on fence posts just north of the Barlow Burn.

In spring 2008, Red Saint set up a territory near Tanfield in County Durham with an as yet unidentifed female. They successfully raised one chick that fledged in July 2008.

On 9th October 2008, Red Saint was roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead.

On 23rd February 2009, Red Saint was recorded at Causey Gill in County Durham and seen there again in early March 2009.

Location as of July 2009:

County Durham

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Name:

Shiver

Wing Tag:

84

Adopted by:

Barmston Village Primary School, Washington

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

15th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In early November 2006, Shiver was detected near Hexham but returned to Gateshead. She is regularly recorded in the Barlow Burn area.

On 10th September 2007, Shiver was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Red Saint has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

In spring 2008, Shiver was seen displaying with WTA5 (Ponteland Sunrise) though they did not nest together. On 27th June 2008 Shiver was recorded at Beda Hills in Gateshead.

On 15th September 2008, Shiver was recorded at Gibside National Trust estate in Gateshead.

On 25th October, Shiver was recorded at the red kite winter roost near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. This has been followed by no sightings since.

On 23rd February 2009, Shiver was seen perched in a tree at Whickham golf course in Gateshead.

This has been followed by no sightings since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Rothbury Rosie

Wing Tag:

85

Adopted by:

Rothbury First School, Northumberland

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

15th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Rothbury Rosie was regularly seen flying around the Barlow Burn area until 12th March 2007. She has not been detected since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Red Fred

Wing Tag:

86

Adopted by:

Beaufront County First School, Northumberland

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

15th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In late August, WT86 left Gateshead to explore other areas. A feint signal was detected in Gateshead for this kite in mid December 2006. Red Fred was not detected again until 26th September 2007, when he was recorded at Barlow Burn.

On 23rd March 2008, Red Fred was detected near Hexham in southwest Northumberland.

In spring 2008 Red Fred set up a territory with an untagged female in southwest Northumberland. They successfully raised one chick that fledged in July 2008.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

George

Wing Tag:

87

Adopted by:

George Washington Primary School, Washington

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

27th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. George is regularly detected in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn area.

On 10th September 2007, George was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months George has regularly been recorded at the Gibside winter roost.

On 3rd March 2008, George was detected at Axwell Park in Gateshead. This has been followed by no sightings since.

On 5th March 2009, having gone undetected for a year, George was recorded just west of Birtley in County Durham, he was seen flying with Farra Flame (WTA4).

Location as of July 2009:

County Durham

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Name:

Kitty

Wing Tag:

89

Adopted by:

St. John’s Chapel Primary School, County Durham

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

18th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years.

In spring 2007, Kitty seemed to pair off with WT83, though this did not last. Kitty is regularly seen flying in the lower Derwent valley and Barlow area.

During the winter months Kitty has regularly been roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill and also at Gibside.

In spring 2008, Kitty was seen displaying with WT63 (Polo) and they built a nest together near Hamsterley in County Durham. Kitty was seen incubating however their eggs did not hatch.

On 8th September 2008, Kitty was seen near Hamsterley in County Durham.

On 25th September 2008, she was seen roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. This has been followed by no sightings since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Firebolt

Wing Tag:

90

Adopted by:

St. Catherine’s RC Primary School, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

18th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In mid August, WT90 left Gateshead to explore other areas. On 4th December 2006, a signal was detected for Firebolt near Lilburn Grange in Northumberland.

However, on 15th February 2007, Firebolt was back in Gateshead! She was recorded at the communal winter roost in Rowlands Gill, along with 25 other kites. She was not detected in Gateshead again until 20th August 2007, when she was recorded at Barlow Burn.

Firebolt is now regularly recorded in the Barlow area of Gateshead.

Firebolt was last recorded in mid-April 2008, at Gibside.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Fudge

Wing Tag:

91

Adopted by:

Little Rascals Nursery, County Durham

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

18th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

For the first few weeks after release, WT91 was detected feeding and foraging in the Lower Derwent Valley.  However, her exploring took her away from Gateshead where she was last detected on 25th July 2006. On the 4th December 2006 she was detected with the kites at the Harewood Estate in Yorkshire.

Fudge was not recorded again until 12th October 2007, when a faint signal from her transmitter was detected in the lower Derwent valley in Gateshead.

She has not been detected since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Sunrise

Wing Tag:

92

Adopted by:

Hotspur Primary School, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

18th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. Sunrise is regularly detected in the Rowlands Gill and Barlow Burn area. In May 2007, Sunrise briefly visited Wylam in Northumberland. However, it was not long before he was back visiting his usual haunts in Gateshead.

On 10th September 2007, Sunrise was observed foraging in a cut hay field, just south of Gibside, with seven other kites.

During the winter months Sunrise has regularly been roosting near Sherburn Towers housing estate in Rowlands Gill and also at Gibside.

In spring 2008 Sunrise was seen displaying with WT70 (Christi) near Hamsterley Mill in County Durham. The pair built a nest together and have successfully raised three chicks - the most raised by any Northern kite in the northeast so far!

In early October 2008, Sunrise was detected near Muggleswick in County Durham.

On 31st October 2008, Sunrise was seen flying over Dipton in County Durham.

On 6th April 2009, Sunrise was seen perched with partner WT70 in woodland near Hamsterley Hall.

Location as of July 2009:

County Durham

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Name:

Amber

Wing Tag:

93

Adopted by:

Malvins Close First School, Blyth, Northumberland

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

22nd July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

Since release this kite, like so many of the other kites released in 2006, has spent its first summer exploring the lower Derwent valley and Barlow Burn looking for food (carrion and beetles) and socialising with each other and kites released in previous years. In mid September, WT93 left Gateshead and explored the area around Blanchland and Slaley in Northumberland, but returned to Gateshead by the end of the month.

Amber was regularly recorded in the Gateshead area until 21st March 2007. This has been followed by no detections since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

Sky Hunter

Wing Tag:

94

Adopted by:

Cotherstone Primary School, Teesdale, County Durham

Male/Female: 

Male

Release Date:

27th July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

After release, WT 94 did not spend much time exploring Gateshead’s countryside.  He soon disappeared and was not detected until mid-August when he was seen exploring the Simonside Hills in Northumberland. In late August, WT94 arrived in Teesdale spending time foraging with the kites in that area. Sky Hunter last recorded in Teesdale on 3rd October 2006. He has not been detected since.

Location as of July 2009:

Unknown

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Name:

No name given

Wing Tag:

95

Adopted by:

 

Male/Female: 

Female

Release Date:

22nd July 2006

Key Activities up to July 2009:

WT95 is actually a 2 year old wild bred kite from the Chilterns, originally with wing tags A6.  She was taken into captivity in the Chilterns due to illness and after care from Tiggy Winkles Animal Hospital and further rehabilitation from Raptor Rescue it was thought she would do well if released under the Northern Kites project adding an adult female to releases in Gateshead.  Her A6 tags were replaced with WT95 and she was deemed fit for release.  However, only a few days after release, she was taken back into captivity as she was spotted struggling to fly.  Upon capture, she was underweight and received some extra food to build her strength back up.  A second release was attempted, but again was unsuccessful so now an exercise regime will be followed to encourage her to fly properly. Unfortunately in early October, WT95 was released again but sadly did not make it through her first night in the wild as she was predated upon by a fox.

Location as of July 2009:

Deceased

 

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