Keen (2011)

Ringing Date: 17th June 2011

Nest Location: Glentanar Estate

BTO Ring Number: Unknown

Satellite Radio Number: 51895

Sex: Female

Measurements: Unknown

Weight: Unknown


Once again Glentanar Estate had a nest of hen harriers with a female suitable for satellite tagging.  On 17th June 2011, Karen Coupar from the Cairngorms National Park Authority came with me to meet Colin McLean, Glentanar Wildlife Manager, who took us up on the moors.  When we got to the nest the wildlife photographer, Mark Hamblin, was in a photo hide some distance from the nest taking photographs of the adult harriers returning with food.  There were four chicks – three males and a female – the latter we satellite tagged.  Colin suggested naming it Keen as Mount Keen was visible in the background.  Keen is almost certainly a sister to Glen and Tanar of last year.

Keen was satellite tagged as part of the RaptorTrack programme.  This is a partnership programme between the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB and private estates within the park, and has its own website:

Annual Movements

Keen remained around her nest area until approximately 20th July, then flew south into Angus, in the same manner as her brother, Glen, from last year.  She remained in the hills near Glen Lethnot until 16th October, with short forays into central Scotland and the Aberdeen area.  She then headed towards the coast and the last signal we received from her was near Catterline, on 26th October.

To view details of Keen’s movements click on the following link:    Keen 2011


Reproductive History

Keen did not reach breeding age during our studies.