Busy eagles signal the arrival of chicks

 

A change in the behaviour of Mull’s star adult eagles has signaled the arrival of this year’s chicks.

The rangers at Mull Eagle Watch have confirmed one chick in the nest but believe there could be two.

With the adults now in a feeding frenzy, with lots of activity to and from the nest, the project’s staff say it is a really good time to visit and see these huge birds in action. 

The hide was closed recently for two weeks due to felling operations at the site but it is now fully open for business.

Mull Eagle Watch officer Rachel French said:

“With all the activity going on it has been tricky to know for sure if there are two chicks in the nest – but we are keeping our fingers crossed.

“We are sure that the first chick hatched last week because the adults’ behaviour changed dramatically. Since then we have seen the birds feeding small morsels to the youngster.

“We are very hopeful that the parents will now successfully rear their young so that we can witness one,  or possibly two,  fledglings leave the nest later this summer.”

Mull Eagle Watch is a partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Mull & Iona Community Trust, Police Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The project is a 5 star VisitScotland attraction and has been awarded Gold under the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Mull’s eagles are estimated to generate up to £5 million towards the island’s local economy each year, with around £60,000 going back into local community projects.

There are two guided trips being run per day during Monday to Friday and bookings can be made through the Craignure Visitor Information Centre on 01680 812 556.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.