Nearly fainted !

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  1. SwampDonkey

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    I live in urban leicester and saw a red kite at the end of my street yesterday. Saw it though oo red kite, then checked again and it really was a red kite, went a bit mental got excited checked again, it really was a kite! I know they are in rural leicestershire now but I did not expect to see one nearly in town. wow it made my day
     
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    How exciting. I have never seen one though one was seen within 500 yards of my house, but it got electrocuted. I have been surprised to see Buzzards flying in our small town.
     
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    We have Buzzards where we live. I love it when its warm weather and they sail in circles over my garden.
     
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    we have buzzards nad I've seen merlins ospreys near my home and even a Goshawk near my brother in Derbyshire but I was not prepared for the kite it just makes me smile
     
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    what a lucky spot! Glad it made you smile - it would me too.
     
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    I need to read up on identifying birds more. We have some lovely ones where we are - the most striking is the hoopoe and we have some greenfinches and what I believe to be golden oriols, but I'm not 100%. We have birds of prey, too. In Andorra, we have loads of griffon vultures (J took a picture one year that has over 70 of them in the one shot!), short-toed eagles, falcons and kestrels. We also get the occasional lammergeier, which are hugely impressive. I'm not sure what the vultures are that I've seen at our place in Spain - they may be griffons, too, but I'm no ornithologist.
     
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    books with outlines of birds in flight are very useful and at the moment radio 4 is doing tweet of the day its great I get to improve my bird vocal ID skills on the way to work. I'd love to see vultures I really like them
     
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    I had a close encounter with a vulture this morning, which swooped down in front of the car just ahead of me, below the level of his roof. How he didn't hit it, I don't know! Very cool :)
     
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    Do you think he was trying to "have a little accident" then he could eat you? I'd love to play chicken with vultures they are just so handsome in a odd kind of way.
     
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    Haha, maybe! I agree, they're very striking. The griffon vultures have fluffy heads, too, so they're less scary looking than some :D
     

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