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, 4 September 2015

Britain's oldest-known golden eagle found dead after 'territorial dispute'

22:59, 28 AUGUST 2015
BY KARRIE GILLETT

A spokesman for RSPB Scotland said that the 18-year-old bird seemed to have been involved in a fight with a younger rival

Britain’s oldest-known golden eagle has been found dead after an apparent territorial dispute with a younger rival.

The bird was ringed at just a few weeks old in June 1997 and its carcass was discovered close to a nest site in Sutherland almost exactly 18 years later.

RSPB Scotland said tests confirmed it had died from natural causes.

A spokesman said: “We think what might have happened is that a younger bird has come along and there has been a bit of a tussle because the older one doesn’t want to give up its territory, and these fights can result in death.

“Although conjecture, we think that is the most likely explanation.”

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