Probably the most beautiful and graceful bird of prey, red kites were extinct in Ireland for a long time and have only recently been reintroduced. Between 2007 and 2011, almost 160 Welsh red kite chicks were released in Wicklow and Dublin. In 2017 more than 80 pairs of kites were recorded, and they produced more than 60 young. About 20 pairs of kites were also recorded in Co Down as part of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reintroduction programme.
Writing about Ireland’s winter birds on this page, Paddy Woodworth has said that one of Ireland’s great winter bird spectacles now often occurs over Avoca village one hour before sunset. There, a dozen or so red kites weave around each other in social flight displays before roosting for the night, creating a wonderful sight in the evening light. Red kites can also be seen in other parts of Wicklow,Wexford and north Co Dublin.
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One of Ireland’s great bird spectacles often occurs over Avoca village an hour before sunset
Red kites were extinct in Ireland and have only recently been reintroduced