On the 1st March Blue 9 was seen outside the Park for the first time, soaring comfortably along a ridge of the Glendowan Mountains. It was noted here on several occasions during the month though it was still roosting in the head of Glenveagh. Another female, Yellow Horizontal Bar was also very sedentary during the month and hopefully she may be in the process of establishing her own territory.
After spending most of the winter in the Derryveagh range, Yellow Three Spots was noted in the Blue Stack Mountains on the 12th March and has not been located since. Yellow Diagonal Bar was noted only once during the month, whilst visiting Glenveagh on the 14th March. The other two second-year birds were regularly noted in their favoured areas.
The first-year birds were found foraging on the outer margins of the Derryveagh range during the first half of the month. By the 13th Blue 3 was located in the Blue Stacks above the village of Commeen and Blue 2, which was in the Poisoned Glen at 12.50m hrs, was found near Commeen at 16.50 hrs, some 22km away. Even though there was no deliberate feeding in the Park since early February all the first-year eagles were occasionally noted in the Park until the 20th of March.
As envisaged in the project plan, the project updates will be circulated every three months in future.