The Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina in Catalonia (Spain) – Breeding attempt and migration

Josep Bosch & Bernd-Ulrich Meyburg

Vogelwelt 133: 89–97 (2012)


To the west of the breeding distribution range of the Lesser Spotted Eagle there are only a few isolated breeding occurrences. In 2011 a breeding attempt was discovered in Catalonia, NE Spain, the first ever recorded on the Iberian Peninsula. The attempt failed, but a broken egg was found on the ground beneath the eyrie. In 2012 the nest site was re-occupied, however probably only by the male of the previous year. In 2008 and 2009 four young eagles from the German satellite tracking project migrated via Catalonia. The probably increased migration of the species on the south-western flyway observed over the past few years probably led to this settlement in Catalonia, and also earlier in France.