Bird's Eye View

by Stephanie Witczak

How do animals find their food? In the case of the Red Kite, a generalist predator and scavenger, it spends its days soaring overhead, searching for rodents, carrion, or even dinner scraps from compost heaps. In certain landscapes and seasons it will be easier to find food than others, resulting in established habitat preferences and seasonal migratory movements. For example, long grass or snow cover will make it more difficult to find natural prey, while anthropogenic (human-related) food sources might be more consistently available through time. What does this mean for a Red Kite? How does a Red Kite use information about food availability to make decisions about space use, both within seasons (territory establishment, hunting/scavenging), and between seasons (where to spend the winter months)? Come by this busk to learn more about Red Kite food preferences, habitat use, seasonal movement, and how they all interrelate! Finally, see how good your “Red Kite eyes” are, by searching for food items in a Red Kite’s habitat!