As in previous years and due to a combination of reasons there was a decrease in eagle activity recorded during June. Blue O was noted in the Blue Stacks on the 11th and 17th July.
10 young Golden Eagles were collected from Scotland between the 14th June and 1st July 2004 during two separate trips. Five birds came from the Western Isles, including Skye, Mull and Canna and a further five were collected in Tayside, Angus, Badenoch and Morayshire. We would like to acknowledge the support and co-operation of the Scottish Raptor Study Groups (especially the Highland, Argyll, Tayside, Central, Strathclyde and Uists Groups), the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, The National Trust for Scotland, the Forestry Commission, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in monitoring and collecting the donor stock. We are grateful for the support of numerous landowners, estate managers, gamekeepers and deer stalkers who facilitated the collection process. We would also like to thank Scottish Natural Heritage, who licensed the project. As in previous years, 80-100 individuals across Scotland enabled and facilitated the project’s efforts to re-establish Golden Eagles in Ireland this season.
The chicks are collected from some of the most productive nests in Scotland – those that can rear two chicks. For example, one nest in Badenoch, which had two chicks, also contained a third unhatched egg. There was an ample food supply in this home range and during the nest visit the remains of 19 Mountain Hares, 7 grouse, a Weasel and a Meadow Pipit were recorded.