Wild red kites are fed at Gigrin Farm every day of the year. With breathtaking feats of aerial piracy red kites compete with buzzards and ravens for choice pickings. Feeding takes place at 2pm GMT (this changes to 3pm when the clocks change at the end of March, and reverts to 2pm at the end of October when the clocks revert to GMT).
No-one tells the kites that the clocks change twice a year!
The crows are the first to turn up in the trees around the feeding area; it is ?quite a noisy affair with the calls of jackdaws and carrion crows and the deep ?cronking? of ravens. Buzzards and red kites circle overhead; buzzards are far more vocal than kites, their powerful ?mewing? carrying a long way. As soon as the meat has been put out the crow family start emerging from the surrounding trees. As the first crows land amongst the meat the kites go on the offensive. Kites watch and wait their chance to f their wings and dive in, skimming the ground to snatch a scrap before rising suddenly to escape the beaks of the angry crows.