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Live Cameras

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve is lucky to have 2 pairs of Red Kites nesting this year, with one of those nests now being streamed live on the Hawk and Owl Trust website. We believe there are eggs in this nest and we hope to witness hatching within 10 - 14 days. 


Image: Andy Thompson 2021 - A resident Kite at Sculthorpe Moor

Currently, the female can be seen on the nest frequently as she is showing signs of incubating her clutch. The clutch could be 1-3 eggs which is the typical clutch size for Kites.We expect incubation to last for between 30 - 40 days depending on clutch size and when the eggs were laid. Typically the male predominantly provides food during this time, with the female barely leaving the nest and when she does it is for very short periods of time. At Sculthorpe, we have witnessed the male incubating the eggs too as there was a changeover of birds with the female reclaiming her spot on the eggs in the nest.


Image: Still taken from the Hawk and Owl Trust live-cam

Kites tend to use the same nest year on year, and typically have the same mate each season (although it is possible for new pairings to occur). Interestingly it is not uncommon for a Kite to decorate its nest before eggs are laid. Using rubbish and items of interest the nest at Sculthorpe has been seen to have a stream of polythene draped around it. 

Juvenile behaviour can seem aggressive among young birds, but this is rarely cause for concern. They stay close to the nest and can be seen exploring their tree before fledging. At around 50 days (or more) the chicks fledge. For roughly 2-3 weeks the parent birds will care for the juvenile birds after fledging.


Image: Glyn Bowman - A marvel to see, a tree full of Kites at Sculthorpe Moor

Watch the Sculthorpe Red Kites live: https://hawkandowltrust.org/redkite-live
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f you would like to donate toward our valuable work at Sculthorpe Moor donation details can be found on the Red Kites Live page)

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