Latest sat tag update Valentine's Day
The birds have done some travelling around their home ranges in recent days, whether this was by choice or was an effect of the tempestuous winds is hard to tell!
Both of the Scottish based birds transmitted well today. Grainne was active this morning heading west towards her favoured foraging ground. Hattie is transmitting from her usual roost, the exact place we were fortunate enough to film for the BBC Winterwatch programme in December along with two other young untagged females.
Miranda last transmitted on the 11th February from approximately 10km south-east of her long established home range in Co Mayo. It will be interesting to find out with the next batch of data whether she returned to the area. It will be even more interesting to see what she does in the coming days and weeks, whatever she opts to do will add greatly to the knowledge.
Between 2002 and 2012, several tracked birds (all females) returned to the natal areas earlier than expected (including Bowland Betty, into Bowland from Yorkshire in February 2012). Could this be the first sign of Miranda getting the philopatric urge to return? Maybe her “Heart is in the Highlands” she could be a 'Heilan' Lassie' and only has eyes for a “Highland Man”. Robert Burns 1759 – 1796.
many thanks to Stephen for this update.
Satellite tracked hen harriers as of 14th February 2014
|Miranda, 10-day range to 11th February 2014|
Hattie 10-day range to 14th February 2014
Grainne 10-day range to 14th February 2014