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Monday, 05 September 2005 00:00

September 2005

Six of the seven birds released in August 2005 remained in Glenveagh until mid September. But they began to make excursions beyond the National Park thereafter. By the end of the month Orange 0 was noted in the Blue Stack Mountains some 30 Kilometres away from the release site. Orange 9 was not recorded during September or during the remainder of 2005. It was last seen on Inishowen, over 40km north of the release site, on 31st August 2005.

Green N was noted in the Blue Stack Mountains by JK on the 8th September and was noted back in Glenveagh on the 12th September – its radio transmitter was working well. It had gone unrecorded since the 11th May ’05. After dusk on the 15th September, Blue 3 was seen roosting within several feet of a second sub adult eagle in a larch tree near the main food dump. Blue 3 is a male and the second bird was a female as it was noticeably larger. Unfortunately I could not see the second bird’s wing tags due to its roosting position and poor light. At the time I felt it had blue tags (Blue 1 or Blue 4 the only possible available females) - but it may have had green tags and it could have been Green N – the newly returned female. We had hoped this was a third pair of eagles – but Blue 3 remained unattached. An unidentified blue-tagged eagle was seen at the food dump on 21st September. Blue 5 was noted around Slieve Snacht, Derryveagh on the 28th September and Green O and Green H were also noted in the Derryveagh range. This year’s cohort was not seen loafing near the food dump as regularly as previous years – nor were they as sociable as previous cohorts. This is probably due to the presence of up to 5 older eagles within the Park during the early autumn.

On the 27th September, two red-tagged Golden Eagle were seen flying together as a pair. This pair was first noted on the 17th July and is now the third pair in Donegal. The female is Red F and the male did not have an active radio transmitter. Green X was seen in the Blue Stacks, as was one of the satellite tagged eagles with Orange wing tags, on the 29th September.

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