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!

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