As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Eagle-eyed visitors at Loch Leven

VISITORS to RSPB Loch Leven have spotted a white-tailed sea eagle flying over the water.
This is the first sighting of these raptors at the location for a year but experts believe it will not be the last.

"Sea eagles are highly nomadic in their first five years of life and move around depending on the distribution of prey available to them," said Rhian Evans, sea eagle officer for the East of Scotland.

"We've been told by those who saw the sea eagle at Loch Leven that it had a turquoise coloured tag on it - this is really useful data for us to collect at the RSPB as it helps us track where these birds go and how well they're doing.

"I'm sure there will be plenty of other opportunities to see these birds at Loch Leven over the next few months."

Colin Shaw, information officer at Loch Leven, described the sighting as "thrilling" and his colleague explained it started the winter season.

"The arrival of sea eagles signals to us the start of the cold winter months," said Debbie Hardie, from RSPB Loch Leven.

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