Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Heather makes a stunning and unexpected return home! Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin!

Heather as a chick at Mount Eagle and as a one year old in South Cork.

Heather, after travelling the length and breadth of the country, from Mount Eagle in Kerry to Lough Neagh in Antrim, from Mayo to Dublin, has spent recent weeks in South Kerry and has now returned to her home - Mount Eagle.

She is now among her own tribe - in a communal roost. Irish Hen Harrier Winter Survey volunteers have moved to see Heather at her roost. It'd be nice to think she might stay here but as always, we are happy once she is happy and healthy! Heather has shown us so so much through her movements, and her tendency to use communal roosts so regularly points strongly to the information sharing value of these centres, from which individual birds can find out where to hunt and where to spend the winter nights. 

Good luck to you Heather!