I've been holding off writing, hoping to give some news on Frisa and Skye - like where they're going to nest this year. Not too much to ask by early March you'd think. But a combination of dreadful weather and the birds going AWOL means that we still have no definitive news. There have been occasional sightings but the wet and cold seems to have cooled their nesting instincts for now. Oh well, plenty of time yet...
As you'll see from the map, the latest satellite data shows Mara and Breagha still with us here on Mull. This weather will be taking its toll on deer and sheep at this time of year and there may well be carcases in the hills which are keeping them here for now.
This year on Mull from 9th -15th May we will be celebrating our Homecoming Wild Isles Festival with a Wildlife Week packed with events, film shows, walks and boat cruises. Check out the 'Wild Isles Website' for details of what's happening where and when and then the 'Holiday Mull & Iona Website' for where to stay. Many local organisations and tour operators contribute to this week which has now evolved into a major celebration of all the natural wonders Mull & Iona have to offer. RSPB will be doing its bit with a corncrake walk on Iona, boat cruises to watch eagles, whales and seabirds, a film show, guided walks and of course we'll be at the Loch Frisa Eagle Hide every day. Why not come and join us? If you can't make that week, there's another 51 weeks in the year to choose from! This year the Eagle Hide plans to open on 6 April with guided visits with a ranger to watch, we hope, Frisa and Skye and offspring at their nest - wherever that will be! The booking line will start taking bookings on 16 March on 01688 302 038. We hope to see you there. Meanwhile, as soon as I have news on Frisa and Skye, you'll be the first to know.
Dave Sexton RSPB Scotland Mull Officer
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