Settled on Cape Wrath Peninsula

During 2019 Loyal spent more and more time on the Cape Wrath peninsula, and stopped the previous behaviour of visiting the Kinbrace area. It looks as though a new nesting area has been occupied and breeding may be confirmed in 2020. The satellite transmitter stopped sending data in December 2019, probably from falling off after a long period of transmissions.

Loyal settled in very NW of Sutherland

Loyal is now living along the north-west coast of Sutherland between Sandwood Bay north to Cape Wrath Lighthouse and east to Kearvaig Bay. At 8am on 31st October she was flying at 50 metres above Kearvaig river mouth. Otherwise she moves down to moorland just north of Kinlochbervie

Keeping to two separated locations

Loyal is now 4 years old and she has continued to alternate between two areas in Sutherland, but is not breeding yet. She continued living around Cape Wrath mainly along sea cliffs south of Lighthouse. She completed a round flight to Merkland and back on 2nd and 3rd May. She left Cape Wrath at midday on 16th May, passed over Kinloch at 1pm – 900 metres altitude and 32kph- and reached her other favoured area SW of Kinbrace in the late afternoon. She there in an area of 30 sq kms through to 8th June.

Usual two area locations across Sutherland

Loyal was in home territory from 5th to 8th December in the Moine/Loch Eriboll area, then went to the Kinbrace area until 17th. She then headed NW, roosted just SW of Rhiconich on 18th/19th December, and spent Christmas period around Cape Wrath. A range of 1200 square kms

Usual two area behaviour

Loyal was in SE Caithness in July, Knockfin and then just inland from Berriedale until 21st July when she flew all the way west and north to roost that evening south of Sandwood Bay. She then moved to Cape Wrath and Clo Mor to 4th August.

July 13th to August 4th

Remained in the flow country

Loyal was in the flow country east of Forsinaird on the RSPB reserve from mid May and then on the 22nd & 23rd she slowly moved south to spend the rest of the time on Borrobol, south of Kinbrace.

May 15th – June 6th

Ranging across the North Highlands

Loyal has continued to move between the East Sutherland/Caithness border to Cape Wrath side, and lately has spent time in Borgie Forest area

April 16th – May 17th

Settling in the Cape Wrath area

Loyal was south of Syre on 2nd February and then flew north-west to Cape Wrath, and ranged between the north coast near the lighthouse southwards towards Oldshoremore, with visits to Achfary on 12th February and near Rhiconich on the 12th and 15th

February 2nd – 24th

Usual areas of East Sutherland and Caithness

On 24th of December Loyal was close to the Garvault Inn and then flew east into the flow country south of Altnabreck. On 29th she was south of Borgie Forest and on 31st south of Badanloch. She then ranged until the 14th January on Borrobol estate. She used a range of 430 km².

December 24th to January 16th

December 24th to January 16th


Usual ranging in Sutherland and Caithness

Loyal was usually in her main area in east Sutherland but on 25th of September flew north to Strathy in North Sutherland and then back on the 29th. On 1st October if she flew a long flight west to Ben Hee and onwards on 3rd October to Cape Wrath side. On 5th October she was near the Clo Mhor cliffs and on 7th she flew all the way back to Kildonan

September 19th to October 9th

September 19th to October 9th