A PAIR OF LESSER SPOTTED EAGLES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY RETURNED TO THE REBUILTED NEST

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2019 11 06

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In the autumn of last year, nest of Lesser Spotted Eagle collapsed, after nearest tree crashed in to it. In 2019 the nest was rebuilt by Krekenava Regional Park Directorate.

According to Julius Auglys, a specialist at the Krekenava Regional Park, there are only a few pairs of Lesser Spotted Eagles living in the area and fewer breeding sites remain so there was a risk that the new nest could by simply abandoned by birds.

It was decided to rebuild the fallen nest on the same tree and the work was done by the GPF project "Protection of the Lesser Spotted Eagles (Aquila pomarina) in Lithuanian forests" ornithologist.

Monitoring of the Lesser Spotted Eagles in the woodland involves regular remote sensing with optical instruments to determine areas occupied by eagles, their potential nesting sites and foraging areas.

Monitoring have showed that a pair of eagles had successfully returned to the new nest. In order to avoid disturbance of birds during the breeding season, the nest status is assessed only in July, when the nestling is already hatched and significantly raised. Inspection of the artificial nest showed that the deciduous branches covered with spruce branches were shriveled, which are signs of the nest's occupation.

Specialists are happy that the efforts to save the nest was worth to try. The birds have recognized it as their home, have successfully settled and hopefully will visit it for many years to come.