Having returned from Scotland and after a few days radio tracking, several of the 2003 Golden Eagle cohort were noted in the Derryveagh Mountains. Red C, which had last been recorded in early March, was noted on a single day near Slieve Snaght, Derryveagh Mountains on the 7th July. Red F was noted between Slieve Toohey and Slieve League on the 7-8th July. Red K, T and X were noted in the Derryveagh Mountains later in July. Red A was recorded in Leitrim again, after a 10 - week absence, in early August. So at least 6 of the 11 birds released in 2003 had survived their first year (up to 1st June 2004). We expect this 66% first year survival rate is an underestimate as several birds are probably alive outside of the release area. There were two unconfirmed Golden Eagle sightings on Achill Island, County Mayo in late July and early August.
On the 6th July an Osprey was seen over Lough Veagh in the Park. The Osprey even elicited some food begging calls from one of the captive chicks. In late July an immature Buzzard was noted in Glenveagh and a juvenile Hen Harrier was seen on the eastern edge of the park in early August. Peregrines and Merlins bred successfully in the Park this year, as did Kestrels and Sparrowhawks.
9 of the 10 chicks were radio tagged, wing tagged and measured on the 10th August and released on the 13th August. The tenth bird has a leg injury but we hope to release it before the end of August.
As requested by several people in Scotland, we attach a simple map of Ireland so that they can better appreciate the dispersal patterns of the Golden Eagles released in Glenveagh National Park, in Northwest County Donegal. So far there have been confirmed records of Golden Eagles from Glenveagh in Counties Sligo, Leitrim, Derry/Londonderry, Tyrone and Fermanagh. There have been several Golden Eagle records over the last year, probably relating to birds from Glenveagh, in the former eagle strongholds of Counties Mayo, Galway, Kerry and also County Clare.