Looks like 2009 released WTSE male Star will be spending Christmas on leave from his territory in south Connemara! Star took off and headed south-east across Galway Bay on 10th Dec, roosting the night just east of Gort on the northern edge of the Slieve Aughty hills. On 13th Dec he crossed into Co. Clare to roost near Lough Graney. Over the next nine day days (to 22 Dec) Star moved to the Loughrea area. This is the second trip away from “home” since the summer and both times he returned to the same area in south-east Galway. Meanwhile back at the ranch his mate (2009 tag semi-circle) must be wondering where he’s got to. But then as we don’t have a satellite tag on her she could also be taking time out before getting down to nesting in a few short months?! Let’s hope Star finds his way safely back to Connemara soon
Happy Christmas to you all and keep a look out for eagles and kites on your travels!