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Just saw a red kite getting mobbed by crows from my living room window in walkley,  (in direction of rivelin) never seen this type of bird of prey in Sheffield before, anyone else? 

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Only ever seen them in Chilterns... amazing creatures. We  did see a bird of prey hovering in the sky over Redmires reservoir yesterday... was fascinating standing watching, it shot down and caught a mouse literally 20 feet from us, not sure what bird it was. Dont know if anyone else has seen any up there at all. 

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5 hours ago, davesiknow said:

Just saw a red kite getting mobbed by crows from my living room window in walkley,  (in direction of rivelin) never seen this type of bird of prey in Sheffield before, anyone else? 

I saw it too, over Rivelin, being harassed by crows.

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Wasn't unusual to see crows mobbing birds of prey (buzzards) in the Rivelin 25 years ago when we used to take the kids for a walk along the valley on a Sunday morning. Usually from the path between the cafe / playground and the S bend looking over the woods at the bottom of Roscoe Bank.

 

We see the same where we live now in France - ie crows mobbing buzzards - they leave the kites (mainly black but some red) well alone. The kites tend to avoid flying just above tree top level over woods / copses where crows are nesting - buzzards do it all the time.

 

7 hours ago, bungleboy69 said:

Only ever seen them in Chilterns... amazing creatures. We  did see a bird of prey hovering in the sky over Redmires reservoir yesterday... was fascinating standing watching, it shot down and caught a mouse literally 20 feet from us, not sure what bird it was. Dont know if anyone else has seen any up there at all. 

Hovering - would be a kestrel.

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I've mentioned before how I often see a common buzzard round here getting mugged by crows, to the extent that they try to actually collide in mid-air.

That is until a second buzzard appears on the scene, and then watch the difference!

For the minute, the crow population seems happy to have a crack at the numerous gulls that have appeared in the last two or three months.

It's like the Battle of Britain sometimes...

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I see Buzzards more frequently on Wadsley Common nowadays, as well as the kestrels that are always there. I haven't seen a red kite there yet, though!

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A pair of Red Kites settled in the Derwent Valley a couple of years ago and were often seen at the top end of the Rivelin Valley. I have seen them at Rivelin Dams but never in Sheffield.

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Seen red kites near Alport Towers a few years ago (~4).

However don't seem to have seen as many birds of prey this last couple of years.

 

I did read that the Derbyshire area was the most 'dangerous' for prey birds when the bearded eagle was visiting.

 

Fingers are pointed at the groups responsible for grouse.

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