The final cohort of sea eagle chicks have arrived in east Scotland! On the 22nd of June, the chicks were flown from Norway to Edinburgh and were greeted by RSPB staff and representatives from SNH, Forestry commission, Scottish Government, and the Norwegian Honorary Consul General; David Windmill. Unfortunately, due to lower than average reproductive success in the Norwegian sea eagles population this year, only six chicks were able to be collected and brought back to Scotland. Chicks are only taken from nests containing twins or triplets, and this year nests contained mainly single chicks which must be left in the nest.
Despite this, we are extremely grateful for the mammoth effort put in by out Birdlife partners in Norway to collect these birds. All six new arrivals are settling in well to their new home in Fife!
Pictures and blog about my trip to Norway coming soon!
Photo by Heather Richards (East Scotland Sea Eagle Project Assistant)
Great news! Just hope the Scottish summer weather has improved by the time they're released in August!