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Sunday, 05 September 2004 00:00

September 2004

Blue O was still in the Blue Stacks in early September. On the 6th September, Red K’s radio signal indicated it was flying in Glenveagh while Red F and Red X were seen flying near Dunlewey, just west of Glenveagh. On the 4th September a runner, training for the Dublin City marathon, saw a Golden Eagle snatch an unsuspecting Hooded Crow in mid air and fly off toward Errigal Mountain, Dunlewey.

On the 9th September, the remains of the weak female released in 2002, Blue 9, were located by radio tracking above Dunlewey. It was long dead and only a few bones and the quills of some large feathers were recovered. The radio tag was partially submerged in water but was still working. The remains were in a forestry drainage ditch, which deflected the signals upward in a vertical direction. This bird probably died from natural causes last winter or spring.

Green X was tagged on the 8th September. This female was very feisty and difficult to handle, which was a good sign! Green X was released on the 10th and by the 15th it was noted flying away from the nearest food dump with a full crop. By the 28th September, the two Park Rangers, Seamus Mc Ginty and Larry Mc Daid, spotted Green C perched on the eastern edge of the park near Gartan as the birds began to disperse.

Red F was radio tracked in the western Blue Stacks on the 15th & 20th September. On the 23rd September, Blue 5 (3rd year male) was seen flying above Moylenanav, Glendowan. This bird had not been radio tracked in Donegal since 19th April 2004, suggesting it had been outside of the county during the summer. On the 27th September Joe Kavanagh radio tracked Red A, probably settling to roost, near the Cliffs of Magho, south of Lower Lough Erne in western Fermanagh. By the 2nd October Red A was near Dough Mountain, Manorhamilton, Leitrim at 13.30 hrs but had gone 30-40km NE, in strong westerly winds, to the Blue Stack Mountains, Donegal, by 15.00 hrs.

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