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Thu21st Mar 2013
A member of the public recovered a dying red kite in Wicklow Town. The bird died a short time afterwards despite local vets trying to save the bird. It was found close to the golf club and close to a public footpath and road. Subsequent post-mortems by the Department of Agriculture at Celbridge and toxicological tests by the State Laboratory have now confirmed the bird had been poisoned with not one, but two highly toxic…
Two generations of the same kite family – confirmed poisoned
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Tue22nd Jan 2013
A new publication, Birds through Irish Eyes, by Anthony McGeehan, and two recent Irish Times articles (15/12/2012 & 19/01/2013), by Michael Viney, have raised the question whether Red Kites were ever found in Ireland and whether bird of prey reintroductions are necessary.  The suggestion in the book that the ‘introduction’ of Red Kite was ‘unethical’ is a slight on the Irish Raptor Study Group, the Northern Irish Raptor Study Group, all the Red Kite Projects…
Red Kite with gloves
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Wed24th Oct 2012
The successful Dublin red kite project launched in 2011, with support from National Parks & Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Welsh Kite Trust, Fingal LEADER Partnership, Fingal County Council and a suite of volunteers; the Golden Eagle Trust reports that there were three pairs of young kites established in the summer of 2012 in North County Dublin. However, none of these kites successfully nested. The kites are still…
Red kite in flight, Fingal Co. Dublin
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Wed24th Oct 2012
The Wicklow red kite project was boosted today after a two year old injured red kite "Blue Blue =" was nursed back to health by Gillian Hicks and the team at Cloverhill Veterinary Clinic, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow. The bird was found last week by a member of the public, Robert McCoy who brought the bird to the vets for care and then the project team kept the bird for a few days in the aviaries,…
Red Kite Blue Blue "Damian"
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Sun26th Aug 2012
An Irish Red Kite, hatched and fledged from a nest in Wicklow, has for the first time nested, bred and reared its own young near Redcross. As part of the national bird of prey reintroduction programmes in Ireland, Red Kites, Golden Eagles and White-tailed Eagles have all bred in Ireland in recent years. But all these breeding adults have hatched in their respective donor stock countries (Wales, Scotland and Norway) and were subsequently collected and…
Red kite chicks and gloves
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