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Friday, 25 January 2013

Tagged Red Kites on Gower

A3 left-BLACK right-WHITE
A couple of records of tagged Red Kites from near Newton Farm, Gower, yesterday. Thanks to Gwyn Roberts I've been able to trace their origins. Above, "WHITE A3" is from Swansea county outside of Gower and was tagged in 2011.
T4 left-BLACK right-RED
"RED T4" is from Gower and was tagged in 2012

Prior to yesterday, and speaking with Gwyn, I didn't know too much about the Red Kite colour coding system so here are a few pointers for anyone like me.

Left tag is colour coded for region

BLACK - Wales
YELLOW - Southern England
BLUE - North Scotland
WHITE - East Midlands
ORANGE - Yorkshire
RED - Central Scotland
GREEN - Dumfries & Galloway
PINK - Northumberland

Right tag is colour coded for Year of Hatching

1999 - BLACK
2000 - PINK
2001 - BLUE
2002 - WHITE
2003 - RED
2004 - YELLOW
2005 - ORANGE
2006 - GREEN
2007 - PURPLE
2008 - BLACK
2009 - PINK
2010 - BLUE
2011 - WHITE
2012 - RED

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