On the 5th January Blue 8 was noted in the Glendowan Mountains and Blue 4 was radio tracked in the Blue Stack Mountains.
Blue 3‘s radio signal was picked up in Glenveagh on the 12th January. The signal lasted less then 10 seconds as if the bird was flying just outside of the glen. Despite further radio tracking, Blue 3 was not recorded since this brief encounter.
Through an article in an Irish tourism magazine, I received an email from a very experienced ornithologist from the USA, with a reliable record of a second year Golden Eagle on Sliabh Elva in the Burren, County Clare on the 27th September 2003. No wing tags were noted. This may tie in with an immature Golden Eagle seen near Letterfrack National Park, Galway in June and July 2003 and the immature bird seen north of Killarney, Kerry in December.
The provision of supplementary food dumps stopped at the end of January. We can expect greater dispersal this year as 11 first year birds leave Glenveagh National Park. The older established birds are likely to push the first year birds further a field. Yellow Two Spot, a three-year old male, has been within an area, approx 13km wide, for 6 months now and seems to have established a territory.
The minimum known first year survival rate is 78 % and the revised second year survival rate is 80%.