A new and hitherto unknown sea eagle nest on SCA’s land in Medelpad means SCA is postponing felling that should have been carried out close to the nesting area. This is to avoid disturbing the shy birds during the breeding season.

Emil Flordal, forwarder driver in the Timrå team, had earlier seen sea eagles flying in the forest area where he both works and hunts. But during a walk a week or two ago an eagle flew past him with a twig in its beak and as Emil watched the bird he discovered the new nest in a large old pine tree."We know there are sea eagles in the area, but I have never before found a nest," says Emil. We stood watching the eagles build their nest and it could eventually become quite a large nest."

SCA has reported the new nest to the County Administrative Board's predatory animal officer. It will now postpone felling operations that were planned in an area close to where the eagles are building the nest.

Postponed the felling

"As soon as Emil told us about the eagle nest we postponed the felling, which will now take place in the autumn. The protection zone for the eagles is 500 meters and the felling would have been about 700 meters away. But we do not want to disturb them with our machinery and timber trucks," says Tomas Rydkvist, SCA's conservation specialist in Medelpad, and continues:

"The eagles are vigilant and if they are disturbed they fly away from the nest. Any eggs in the nest would then be exposed to sunlight and if the eggs get too warm, the eagle embryo will be non viable. This is why we are giving the eagles some space now – and, of course, we hope they have chicks.

Sea eagles often have several different nests that they alternate between. For example, if there are too many insects in a nest one year, then they can change to a new nest the following year. Today, there are more than 700 pairs of sea eagles in Sweden.

Photo: Göran Ekström

Published 5/8/2018