A message has gone out on Twitter this evening alleging that two apparently ‘known’ egg thieves have arrived in the Western Isles, potentially targeting eagle eggs.
The origin of this alert is a Scottish journalist’s blog: see here.
According to that blog, the information has come from an un-named RSPB officer, who claims to have been given information from the RSPB’s Investigations Team.
Three days ago it was announced that the National Wildlife Crime Unit had launched this year’s Operation Easter, aimed at targeting egg thieves and also those who steal chicks for selling on (illegally) to unscrupulous falconers (see here for a press release from the Scottish Government). Although last year the NWCU said that the number of known egg thieves has dropped to ‘an all-time low’ (see here).
Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a police-led website to verify the details of any reported suspects so it’s not known how accurate the information is relating to the two alleged egg thieves reportedly in the Western Isles this weekend. However, if you see suspicious activity, you should report it immediately.