|Tree surgeon climbing tree to kite's nest|
|Red kite chick being rung|
|Red kite's feet with ring on leg|
|Young kite after ringing and tagging|
|Adult kite with wing tag|
Buzzards have been very successful in spreading throughout the Derwent Valley in recent years and Gibside has three nesting pairs. This year two nests have produced three chicks with the third as yet unknown.
|Young buzzard recently fledged from nest|
Sparrowhawks are a particular favourite of mine, and being later nesters most will only be hatching eggs now or will have very recently. Last year two pairs bred but only one was successful, raising three chicks.
|Sparrowhawk nest with three chicks 2013|
Most years two to three pairs of kestrels nest here and occasionally they have used nest-boxes designed for tawny owls. None have been used this year however, with owls and an odd pair of stock doves in most of them.
|Young kestrels from an owl box|