Birdwatcher Mike Davis from Leitrim Village is excited to report a rare spotting of the Golden Eagle on Sliabh an Iraiann on Friday, August 7.
David said he was birdwatching with his daughter on the South Western/ Drumshanbo side of the mountain, when he saw a flock of crows and then spotted the Golden Eagle. He said “I thought it was a big buzzard until I got better look.” Mr Davis said the white patches under the wing, broad band on tail and the long tail gave away it was the Golden Eagle. He said he was too distant to see if there was a yellow tag from breeding programme at Glenveigh National Park, Donegal or if the bird flew in from Scotland. Mr Davis said there was another possible sighting in Kiltyclogher a few weeks before and he will be keeping an eye around the mountain to see if he stays about. He said the sighting is a “dream among bird watchers.” The sighting has been reported and listed Irishbirdings.com The Golden Eagle had gone extinct in Ireland and a few programmes have introduced the specied is the hope of them breeding in the wild.