In early October, Orange 3 was seen perched at the food dump near the release cages in Glenveagh. Green N was also present. Both birds flew across the glen as I approached to replenish the supplementary food dump. Orange 3 landed first and seconds later Green N landed with both talons on its back. Orange 3 had to spread its wings to take the load. Green N did not make any blows from its bill but it was clearly an aggressive act as there was no shortage of landing space all around Orange 3.
On the 5th October, a pair of adult eagles, (one with yellow tags), were seen soaring within the 2005 breeding territory and were assumed to be Yellow Two Spots and Yellow Diagonal Bar. There were no fresh signs at their nest when it was visited on the 8th October. Yellow 3 Spots was radio tracked briefly within its territory on the 6th October. Both adults from this pair were seen on site later that day. They had occupied several roosting sites near the rudimentary nest – the favoured site contained fresh Hare remains.
Green N was noted performing 3 short undulating display flights in Glenveagh on the 7th October in the late afternoon – no other eagles were visible in the sky at the time. Blue 3 was seen to be patrolling the edge of its territory a few kilometers away on the 17th October 2005. On the 29th October, Green N was seen and radio tracked over the Glenveagh Waterfall during a visit by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Castle Espie. A second bird appeared and there was some talon grappling before the blue-tagged bird retreated in one direction and Green N went another direction. This may signal the re-emergence of Golden Eagle territorial boundaries in Glenveagh National Park!
Orange 2, Orange 3 and Orange 5 were still regularly seen at the Glenveagh food dumps. Orange 4 was seen sporadically near the Glenveagh food dumps. The food dumps were moved around frequently this year in an effort to avoid the core areas occupied by Blue 3 and Green N and also to avoid the areas within the National Park that were unusually busy due to vital road maintenance and Rhododendron spraying.
On the 11th October the Red tagged pair were finally identified as Red F and Red S (male) as they settled to roost above an oblivious sheep farming gathering some hill sheep. Green H and Green T, both females, were noted in and on the edge of Glenveagh on both the 24th and 25th October – they both would have presumably come in contact with Blue 3 – the resident male. This was the first time Green T was noted in Glenveagh since it left, shortly after its release, on the 22nd August 2004. Neither female was present in Glenveagh on the 26th though Green K, a male, had arrived suddenly. All three birds were absent on the 27th.