Since 2002, over 2000 red kite nestlings have been tagged as part of a study looking at dispersal and colonisation patterns. Many thousands of resightings have been recorded and much has been learned. For instance, we know that kites almost invariably settle to breed near their natal area though they often wander more widely during their first year. Most tags are read in the field either with a telescope or from a photo. It can be very difficult to read tags, and it very useful to be aware of the following:
There are two tags, one on each wing, each with the same inscription.
It is only necessary to see one of the tags to identify the individual.
There are four pieces of information required: The inscription, the background colour, the colour of the inscription and the colour of the bar underlining the inscription.
The following images may help: