I put two chicken legs out in the garden and staked them down with some sticks. Then I set up the trail camera and headed indoors to see what happened. Within a few minutes 7 kites were circling the garden, taking a good look at the chicken.
|7 kites circling the garden - taken from the kitchen window|
|They're funny how they sit in the top of bendy fir trees|
I decided to leave the chicken out over night., hoping they might come down early in the morning when nobody was around. He was back in the tree again the next morning and the chicken was well chewed, so I was hopeful.
I had a look at the trail camera, but no kites had been down to the chicken. I did discover that our hedgehog has made it through the winter and has woken up though. Brilliant news!
The magpies picked the meat off and I saw the blackbirds and robins having a nibble. Even the rooks had a bite, but they had a bit of a chat about it first, fanned their tails at each other, then one of them was sent down from the tree by the other one.
|It took a lot of discussion and tail fanning to decide who should go and get the|
|I suspect the female made the male go (just guessing though!)|
I threw one more chicken leg out on the lawn just to give them a bit of extra encouragement. I went back indoors and within a few minutes it was gone. I assume the kite had seen it wasn't staked down and grabbed it, but it must have taken two attempts. The trail camera usually doesn't catch them picking up the food as they're so fast, but this time it actually caught the first attempt. The pictures are taken off the trail camera and are bit blurred because the whole thing took less than a second, but I'm really pleased with them ...
|Look at those fluffy legs and big talons|
|Must have flown round for a second attempt because the chicken was gone|
when I looked out of the window again
Here's the video, slowed down as much as possible. Well worth a look!
I left the staked chicken out all day, but no kites came down to eat it. It was picked clean by the magpies in the end though. I took the stakes out and the kites came and grabbed the bones!