Ornithologists from the “Milvus Group” and the Romanian Ornithological Society (BirdLife Romania) monitored the population of Lesser Spotted Eagles in areas in which have been known previously to be nesting, specifically in protected areas as the hills of Târnava and Niraj Valley, Hârtibaciu Valley and Făgăraș Mountain’s foothill.
Even though the eagle pairs were observed in most of the investigated territories, they did not occupied the nests known by us, or many of them did not breed at all. For this reason, only about 20% of the known pairs have successful breeding.
The particularly warm and dry summer was not favorable for the eagles. We consulted with colleagues form other European countries that have significant populations of eagles, and so we learned that the situation is similar to our findings.
The action of monitoring the eagles’ nests takes place annually. Actually the two organizations have developed during 2010 and 2014 a joint project – LIFE08 NAT/RO/000501 with the Romanian Agency for Environment Protection – Sibiu.