Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Love is in the air
Outside my window more than 20 Red Kites are swirling and dancing through the air, gathering and eyeing each other up. Dive bombing, almost crashing, swinging and swaying, dipping and diving. Every year this spectacle happens at about this time, always in the afternoon. The huge birds appear from all directions, spend an hour or so doing their finest aerial acrobatics, then gradually fly away again, often in pairs. It is no exaggeration to describe the air above my garden as black with birds, as so many, each with a 6ft wingspan, flying at roof level, block out a lot of light. St Valentine's day is traditionally the Birds' Wedding Day, so the Kites are spot on with their timing this year.