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6. Sightings of Kites
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| |Sightings of Kites
Any sightings of kites outside the core area around Loch Ken should be reported to the RSPB. All the birds released as a part of the re-introduction programme and young fledged from nests were fitted with coloured wing tags, each with a number/letter combination that allows for individual recognition. Details of wing tags are particularly helpful. This will help with monitoring the whereabouts and movements of the tagged individuals and the spread of the kite population as a whole.
Red kites are social raptors. Expansion in their breeding range can be slow. Following their release, kites began breeding in Dumfries and Galloway in 2003. There present breeding range has grown to sixteen 10 kilometre squares and now extends beyond Thornhill in Upper Nithsdale and almost as far west as Creetown. They also range between Carsphairn and south of Kirkcudbright, in the Stewartry area.