Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Hide closes 12th September

The hide will officially close for the season on Friday 12th September 2008, but members of the public are still welcome to journey on foot or bicycle through Loch Frisa looking for the birds, who are very likely to stay in close proximity of the loch.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

August Update

What a busy few weeks! The Loch Frisa hide has provided a huge draw to visitors during August so we have decided to stay open until mid-September and extend the opening hours to 10am - 4pm Fridays - Tuesdays.

Mara and Breagha are certainly getting to grips with eagle life and showing off their new-found agility everyday. Folk are getting some great views so if you are in the area, please do call in!

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Follow the birds with satellite tracking

This year's sea eagle chicks Mara and Brèagha have been fitted with satellite tracking tags and you can follow their flight online - see the RSPB's sea eagle tracking pages. As yet, the chicks haven't moved very far, but it won't be long before they are going further afield.

The site also has some excellent images of the chicks being ringed.

The full address for the tracking site is

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Formal trips over - but you can still visit

Formal ranger-led trips to the Loch Frisa Hide have now finished for the season, however, the hide is still open to the public Friday to Tuesday, 10.00am - 1.00pm until 31st August.

The hide is located above the south shore of Loch Frisa on the FCS Lettermore forest track. When the hide is open, parking is available nearby, 3.5 km from the Salen road end.

If you need more information, please contact Mull and Iona Ranger Service on 01680 300640.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Up, Up and Away

Well...thats all folks! Mara and Breagha are both off the nest and getting ready to make their way in the world. Soon you'll be able to follow them on the RSPB website and they should be hard at work soon learning how to hunt, fly and fish. Fingers crossed they keep entertaining us for a good few years.

Ranger-led trips to the Hide will close on Thursday 24th June but from Tuesday 29th July - Sunday 31st August, the hide will be open to the public from 10am - 1pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. For more info, call 01680 300640

Enjoy the rest of the summer and keep your eyes on the sky!

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Up, up and away

Its a nerve-wracking time waiting for the chicks to fledge but on Sunday, Breagha (female), took her first tentative flight much to our delight. Her first voyage took her up around the nest a couple of times before landing behind the forest to spend a couple of days gathering herself for the next one. Mara is still to make the leap. He was bravely branching-out yesterday so will he still be on the nest this morning...better go and have a look!

Friday, 11 July 2008

On The Edge...

Well, it could happen any day now. At nearly 12 weeks old, Mara and Breagha are due to make their first flight - albeit a flight scheduled to land fairly soon after take-off and involve a week on the runway before the next departure. Skye & Frisa seem to be enjoying the rest as they reduce the number of feeds going into the nest in order to make the chicks take more likely to venture out for a feed. The adults have done an awful lot of sitting around this week and not always in their usual spots so they are certainly keeping us on our toes. We were treated to a spectacular fishing expedition though - after a morning of carefully eyeing-up the loch, Frisa treated up to a display of fishing eagle-style one early afternoon. That wee trout couldn't have seen her coming but the chicks were certainly glad of it and made very short work of it!

Friday, 4 July 2008


Well, those clever folk in the lab have returned the DNA results on our chicks so we can proudly announce that we have a male and female chick in this year's brood. Salen Primary School's Gaelic Department had the honour of naming them so ... without further ado, I introduce Mara (male) and Breagha (female)! Both of these are Gaelic names, with 'Mara' meaning 'sea' and 'Breagha' meaning 'beautiful' and pronounced 'bree-ha' - very apt as I'm sure you'll agree!

Thankfully, Mara and Breagha remained unruffled by the high winds and heavy rainfall that marked the start of July up here - ah, Scottish summers! It really isn't going to be long before they fledge and on Sunday they'll be 11 weeks old. Skye and Frisa seem to be slowing down the feeding efforts a little, hoping no doubt that hungry chicks will be a bit easier to tempt off the nest when its time to make the jump. After that, its some intensive eagle training as Mara and Breagha learn the ropes.

PS. Good news too from the swallows nest with the hatch of the first chick early Thursday morning. All seems to be going well there so hopefully all four eggs will bear chicks.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Eyes Up!

Some real West Coast weather this week but the chicks don't seem too bothered by it. On Monday we were treated to a cracking view of the osprey feeding above the loch. It had found itself a great wee perch to enjoy a trout or two so fingers crossed it'll book that table again!

Skye and Frisa have been feeling the draft and have taken to perching out of the wind up above the nest so our intrepid visitors have been leaving the warmth of the hide. Their patience has been more than rewarded with some great views. This morning, the male bird, Skye, flew right over our heads, so close that you could clearly see his eyeball. Absolutely fantastic! Later on, a juvenile also flew over our heads. From below, we caught the yellow wing tags but no more - could it have been Haggis or Oatie, the 2006 chicks? Fortunately when this year's chicks fledge we'll have the satellite tags so no more wondering what they are up to!

Won't be long now though. With the chicks celebrating their 10 week birthday on Sunday, they could fledge any time after that so the next fortnight we'll be keeping an extra-close eye on them.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Keeping Tabs

Its not just the birds that fly up here, time seems to as well. The chicks are now 8.5 weeks old and have been introduced to some real Mull weather this week as the we 'enjoy' some refreshing showers - keeps the dust down at least! They should fledge sometime in mid-July so they can be seen stretching those wings at the moment and building up some much-needed muscle. Yesterday, the satellite tags were fitted to the birds so once they fledge we can keep a really close eye on them and find out more about their dispersal patterns over the next 5 years.

Its a busy time for lots of anxious adult birds at the moment as all sorts of chicks take to the wing and some of the smaller birds are on their second clutch. Some enterprising swallows have built a completely round nest on the security light over the door of the hide. There are four eggs in there at the moment so we'll be keeping an eye on them too with the aid of a CCTV camera.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Nest To See You

Another fantastic week of weather despite a few showers which have at least served to keep the dust down. Justin, the RPSB tree-climber was up this week to ring the chicks which are now 7 weeks old. The 2008 nest seems to be in great shape and there was plenty evidence of prey up there so all's well and the chicks are still growing, growing, growing. Mind you, from up there he may have got an eagle's eye view but he did miss the osprey mobbing a juvenille sea eagle near the hide! We've also been treated to a cracking view of a very obliging peregrine falcon which perched near the hide for over an hour! Just goes to show that Loch Frisa is still full of surprises!

Friday, 30 May 2008

Welcome back stranger

Some great views this week and not only of the sea eagles. We've seen an osprey over the hide again this week so there is yet another reason to keep our eyes peeled. The adult birds have given us some fantastic shows again this week, taking to some unusual perches - its not often you see a sea eagle on a fence post rather than a buzzard! With the chicks gaining weight all the time, Skye & Frisa certainly have their work cut out for them with more and more food going into the nest everyday. More carrion anyone?

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Sun, sand (martins) and sea eagles...

Yes, even the Isle of Mull has been basking in the tropical May heatwave, just the weather for young sea eagle chicks! The warm weather has given them the best possible start but its hard to believe they are 4 weeks old already. Looking more like two grey balls of fluff with wee stubby wings, they get more and more inquisitive everyday, popping their heads up over the nest to see who's watching in between feeds. Skye has been doing the majority of hunting, while Frisa has been making the most of the morning sun and is often seen sitting out on the perch tree, keeping an eye out on the nest and no doubt on us too!

Cuckoos seem to be all the more vocal this spring with some excellent views from the hide. The first osprey of the season was spotted last week but no signs of them giving Loch Frisa a go this year. We do however have a few very industrious sand martins working in the cut-away bank in front of the hide. If they are successful, they be one of only 4 colonies on the island. We have built up a species list of 68 st the hide since it opened, so who knows what else might drop by!

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Back in business!

2008 looks set to see a return to form for our Loch Frisa sea eagle pair, Skye and Frisa. The pair took up residence on a new nest in early March and sat tight on their eggs until they hatched around the 20th April.

A few weeks later and with spring very much in the air, the chicks are now old enough to be left ‘home alone’ on the nest while both adults are out and about finding food for these very hungry fluff balls.

Watching from the hide, this pair never fails to impress, showing off their 8ft wingspans as they soar over Loch Frisa and so we are looking forward to another successful season with them. It hasn’t just been the birds who have changed address. Our new all-ability hide opened to the public on Good Friday, providing a warm welcome to wildlife watchers young and old.

We’ve already built up an impressive species list and we continue to run daily trips to the hide – book now and don’t miss out!

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

We have two chicks

Two small heads have been spotted peaking over the edge of the nest.

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