The chick at Tiroran is now flying like an old pro! It hasn't taken him long to master the skills of picking up a thermal, a warm pocket of air to give him some height, and showing off some beautiful soaring.  Fingal and Iona are never far away, and are still bringing in food as the chick is not independent yet, but that will not be long.

Iona, female white tailed eagle - Tiroran Forest - Debby Thorne

As mentioned previously, our trips to Tiroran now comprise a walk through the Community Forest as a guided walk which gives me a chance to point out some of the other amazing wildlife and flora that abounds against the stunning back drop of Ben More.  As well as looking for our eagle family, we spot lots of other birds including golden eagles, short eared owl, kestrels and the resident buzzards as well as some of the smaller birds to be found in the forest including goldcrests and crossbills.  We have had some great views of dragonflies and butterflies as well as the huge array of wild flowers.  

Meadow Pipit - Debby Thorne

There are signs that our summer is starting to come to an end - the Rowan trees are full of berries, the bracken is turning yellow and large flocks of pipits and swallows are gathering - ready to make their journey to warmer climbs.  We are lucky that our eagles are here all year round and over the winter we look forward to our migrant visitors such as geese, redwings, fieldfare and possibly waxwings if it gets cold enough.

The last day for trips to Tiroran will be Friday 23 September.  Dont forget to book through Craignure Visit Scotland office on 01680 812556.

Debby Thorne

Isle of Mull Ranger

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