Another Golden Eagle satellited tagged in Assynt

July 3rd 2011

On the 30th June 2011 Derek Spenser and Andy Summers from Assynt accompanied Roy Dennis to an eagle eyrie near Canisp to put a satellite tag on the eagle chick. The solitary eagle chick was about seven weeks old and looking very healthy. There were the remains of four red grouse, several legs of red deer calves and a skull (possibly badger) in the nest.

Roy Dennis and the young eagle
Roy Dennis and the young eagle

The eagle chick was fitted with a satellite tag so that his movements can be followed for the next three of four years. By this time, should the eagle survive, it will be old enough to breed and hopefully settled in a breeding territory of his own. This is part of a research project conducted under license by the Highland Wildlife Foundation to monitor movement and survival of young eagles.

It is the second eagle chick from assynt to be fitted with a satellite tag. In 2010 a young male, christened by the children of Lochinver and Stoer Primary as “Suilven”, was fitted with a tag. His movements can be followed on the web.he has already been as far north as Cape Wrath and as far south as Skye.

We look forward to “Canisp” taking his first flight- hopefully by the end of July.

AS (4/7/11).

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