At 4:30pm this afternoon I was walking up Craven Road, past the Royal Berkshire Hospital here in Reading. As I neared the southern end of the road, I noticed a large bird flying over the hospital car park. It was so large that I initially though it was a heron, but as it flew closer I saw it had a the forked tail characteristic of a red kite. I stopped to watch and it lazily drifted directly overhead, always looking down, its wing-tip feathers spread like fingers. It circled back over the car-park a few times. I lost it in the trees as I turned the corner into Addington Road. I suppose it must have come down from the Chiltern hills on the cold north wind that has been blowing for the past few days.