Usual wandering in Eastern Cairngorms

Mackay has been wandering widely in the last month in an area of 1900 square km in easetrn Cairngorms; mainly south of Brown Cow Hill recently.

April 22nd – May 15th

Usual range and big flight on 19th February

Mackay spent February mostly to the east of Ben Avon and south to the River Dee. On the 19th made a big flight of at least 125 km, leaving the overnight roost flew south of Braemar at 8am and was flying at a height of 1030 m. An hour later she was further south at nearly 1000 m and then flew north to be perched east of Ben Avon at 10am. She flew east to be north of Daldownie at 11am and then flew south over the River Dee and Loch Muick to the north end of Glen Clova at midday when she was at the height of 1120 m; an hour later she was flying over Glasmaol heading west. At 2pm south of Braemar at 1020 m heading north at 23kph. At 3pm flying at 1550 m near Brown Cow Hill and an hour later was flying south near Culardoch. Obviously a lovely day for displaying eagles.

February locations

Big day flight 19th February

 

The usual areas in the south the Cairngorms national Park

Mackay’s transmitter is just sending non-GPS data due to the short winter days, but showed clearly that he was ranging as usual south of the Cairngorms in an area of 575 km².

December 30th - January 16th

December 30th – January 16th

 

Ranging in the Cairngorms National Park

Mackay was near Loch Builg on 20th September and then next day flew to the southern part of Glenfeshie and ranged there and into north Perthshire until the 25th. On 26th flew south-west to Loch an Duin in Gaick and on the 27th made a long flight to Cowharn in Angus and then ranged in the North Angus glens to 1s October. Then moved to Braemar with a loop to Glen Tanar on 4th and ended this period in West Mar near An Sgarsoch

September 19th to October 9th

September 19th to October 9th

Usual wide ranging in the Cairngorms national Park

Mackay started the month of July on Glenfeshie estate and them flew east to Braemar on 8th and 9th July, then north to Ben Avon and on to Inchrory. On the 14th flew south to Angus glens and was near Mount Battock on 14th to 18th July. Then moved to the Angus march north of Glen Clova to 25th of July and on the 28th flew north-west over Braemar to spend the last days of July on Abernethy Forest reserve.

Range in July

Range in July

 

Ranging in the Cairngorms National Park

Mackay has been ranging widely as usual in the Cairngorms National Park from the Angus glens north to Abernethy nature reserve on June 7th – 8th – just north of Bynack More

May 12th - June 9th

May 12th – June 9th

Much ranging in usual areas

Mackay ranged widely again over the Cairngorms National Park,  Aberdeenshire and down into Angus. On 2nd April she was in Inchrory, and then roosted on Abernethy reserve on 8th/9th of April, on the 11th she was at the edge of the Glenfeshie, on the 21st in Glen Tanar and on the 22nd right back down in Angus at Glen Markie. During April she ranged over 1600 km².

April 1st - 24th

April 1st – 24th

Ranging widely

Mackay ranged over an area of 2200 km², with a big loop on March 19 when he was west to Cuaich near Dalwhinnie and later in the day flew over Ord Ban close to Loch an Eilein in Rothiemurchus. On 27th of March he was in Aberdeenshire near Clachnaben, then to Glen Markie in Angus on 1st April and next day in Inchrory

March 14th to April 4th

March 14th to April 4th

Ranging in south part of Cairngorms NP

Mackay has ranged over an area of 1400 km² in the southern part of the Cairngorms National Park.

February 2oth - March 13th

February 2oth – March 13th

Wandering south side of Cairngorms National Park

Mackay has ranged over 1271 square km in February – mainly Invermuick and Glentanar, but Glencat on 11th, Glenfeshie march on 13th and then Glenmarkie/Corwharn on 15th.

February 4th to 25th

February 4th to 25th