During two trips to Scotland, in the second half of June and the first few days of July, 12 Golden Eagle chicks were collected across Scotland. Six of the birds came from the Hebrides including Skye, Mull, Canna and Lewis and the other six birds were collected in Cowal, Sutherland, Angus, Tayside, Badenoch and Invernesshire. We are once again very grateful to all those who helped identify potential donor stock, namely the Argyll, Highland, Tayside and Central Scotland Raptor Study Groups, the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, Forest Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage, the National Trust for Scotland, RSPB, landowners, gamekeepers and estate staff. We would also like to express a particular gratitude to the people of Canna, young and not so young, who helped Kevin collect their bird on what seems to have been a memorable day.
Due to the preparation for the new arrivals, annual holidays and two trips to Scotland there were fewer days spent radio tracking the released birds during June. However, we have recorded 5 of the 8 first year birds after the 1st June, their assigned birthday, and therefore at least 62% of the 2002 cohort survived their first year. The other three birds were alive on or after the 14th May and we hope we can relocate these birds in the near future. 3 of the 5 birds from 2001 have now been noted as third year birds. The other two birds, which were last noted in April, are known to be more nomadic and may be more difficult to locate (see table below). However, further radio tracking in the coming months should help clarify the status of these birds. It is hoped the new batch of birds will be released in mid August.