Sunday, 14 September 2014

Championship Red Kite

Yesterday afternoon saw me (as a neutral spectator) at the Reading v Fulham game at the Madejski Stadium - a fine, modern ground where watching the game is a real pleasure, with comfortable seating, clean facilities, clear views of all the pitch and Red Kites! Yes, even though I was wrapped up in the Royals demolition of the 10-man Cottagers, there was still time for birding. Half way through the first 45 minutes a Red Kite appeared above the 18,000 spectators, wheeled around a bit, then carried on (possibly to Swindon Town). This is by far the best species that I have seen during a professional football match.

White Hart Lane still holds the record for number of species of butterfly (2) observed during a match...


  1. Now you`ve started something...the last time I went to see QPR play at Wycombe (about 12 years ago) I saw both Red Kite and Buzzard soaring over the ground. My best bird at Loftus Road has to be a Hobby, where I`ve also seen Fox, Grey Squirrel, Hedgehog and Brown Rats (Chelsea fans!). At Kenilworth Road, Luton I had a Tawny Owl fly over during an evening game, but my all time crippler at sporting events was 2 Snow Buntings feeding behind the posts at Twickenham before an England v Scotland game back in the 1980`s, which I can`t see me ever beating.

    1. With that lot Paul you've just blown me out of the water...