Red Kite Baby Boom in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has seen its first ever set of red kite triplets born. After an absence of 200 years from the forests of Northern Ireland, the first red kite chicks were successfully bred and hatched last year in a project described as a success for the RSPB. This year there were nine pairs of red kites breeding in the country but unfortunately five were destroyed in a storm; however, four pairs successfully bred eight chicks across County Down, one of them giving birth to triplets.
All the new chicks are identifiable by individual wing tags which were fitted while they were still in their nests. As each chick has been given a unique set of numbered and coloured wing tags, staff and volunteers will be able to keep an eye on individual birds and monitor their progress as they explore the Northern Irish countryside.