SATELLITE TAGGING UPDATE 2017
With funding from Forestry Commission Scotland and the Dumfries and
Galloway Raptor Study Group, six GPS satellite tags were sourced from
Biotrack Ltd. On 11 June they were attached to six fully feathered
young kestrels by Dave Anderson, assisted by myself, Graeme Anderson and
Jim Thomson. Four were tagged from a brood of six and another two from
a similar sized brood. An equal number of males and females were
tagged. I had very little back up in terms of broods as it has been a
singularly poor year in the main study area with only 22 young ringed so
it was a relief to get those two broods. The day after the tagging all
six were transmitting from the two nest boxes.
The survival rate has been mixed. On 28 July two were still
transmitting, one from each brood. By 11 September one young bird was
south of Sanquhar and the other, Blunty, was near Peterborough but had
moved back to Scotland by the 27th. The last signals from this bird was
on 12 December, still in South Lanarkshire. The signals were poor
probably a reflection of low voltage because of lack of sunlight. This
information was supplied by Jennie Burrell, Investigations Intelligence
Officer with RSPB Scotland who has been downloading the satellite data.
Many thanks to her and the sponsors.