June, 2018

Wildlife

Wildlife
We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).

Mull Eagle Watch

Follows the fortunes of Mull's white-tailed eagles and the Isle's other fascinating wildlife
  • Open Farm Sunday at Treshnish: farming, flowers and fantastic food!

    11th June 2018

    The Mull Eagle Watch rangers attended the beautiful Treshnish (and Haunn cottages) Farm on Sunday 10th June for their Open Farm Sunday event. This national scheme run by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) gives farmers an opportunity to show people how they are farming in an environmentally-friendly way and for us, as consumers, to learn about where our food comes from – one of the most beautiful places on Mull apparently!

    The farmers, Somerset and Carolyne, gave us an interesting insight into their annual itinerary regarding lambing and meadow management before guiding us around their land.

    The meadows looking over to Calgary Bay

    And their meadows host the most magnificent myriad of wildflowers you can imagine!

    We had orchids (butterfly, heath spotted, common spotted, fragrant, northern marsh to name a few).

    Northern Marsh Orchid

     

    Heath Spotted Orchid

     

    Butterfly Orchid

     

    Me smelling the Fragrant Orchid

    And the most colourful swathes of other flowers including the pink lousewort, white burnet rose, blue speedwells, yellow buttercups, purple vetch, red sorrel, heaps of wood bitter vetch and even a rare moonwort.

    Burnet Rose

    Moonwort

    We finished the walk with a delicious Moveable Feast by Jeannette’s at Ballygown which we all tucked into on the array of multi-coloured picnic blankets that had been laid out down the lawn, giving us a superb view across to the Isle of Coll. We were joined in our picnic by a group of porpoise who were feeding in the sea below us!

    A fantastic event; great farming, great wildlife, great people and great food!

    If you fancy seeing this wonder for yourself, why not take a peek at their cottages for your next holiday!

    Thanks,

    Meryl

    RSPB Ranger

  • Trouble at Tiroran!

    8th June 2018


    Due to the nest failure at Craignure Golf Club, we have now re-opened tours at Tiroran Community Forest! We are still running tours at the golf course but sightings of eagles can, sadly, no longer be 100% guaranteed.

    The first week of tours at Tiroran are now over and Fingal and Iona have not disappointed!

    We’ve watched as the eagles fly in to feed the chick who’s now stumbling around the nest and slumping face-down, exhausted from the heat.

    But yesterday, on arrival, I was greeted with a view of two adults. Iona was on the nest but it wasn’t Fingal perched above. It was another eagle!

    Iona nervously stared up at the bird, intermittently calling for over an hour until Fingal finally smashed into the top of the tree to shoo the intruder away. As it flew, I noticed it’s tail - white with a dark terminal band, making it a 4 year-old/sub-adult. Was this their young from a previous year or a stranger thinking of moving in?

    And so the drama continues...

    With thanks to Viking Optical and Swarovski Optik for the annual loan of their amazing telescopes, allowing us to capture these moments!

    Meryl

    RSPB Ranger