Growing season…

Sunday 28th May 2017 Eagle parents working hard at West Ardhu (North West Mull Community Woodland) I’m so impressed with our West Ardhu eagles and their parenting skills! Our two chicks/eaglets are now about 31 days old – just over four weeks into their lives already and the adults, Hope and Star have been doing …

Terrific Twosome!

Sunday 30th April 2017 Our West Ardhu eagle pair, Hope and Star are proud parents to two chicks this season at Mull Eagle Watch.  We had a good idea that the pair were due to hatch around this time after settling down to incubate mid March. White-tailed eagles have a 38 day incubation period. Throughout …

Springtime Raptors & Reptiles

Springtime Raptors & Reptiles – 4th April 2017 Mull Eagle Watch reopens for trips on 11th April 2017 (bookings now being taken on 01680 812556) Fresh faces After a year and a half working locally at Ulva Primary School, I’ve returned to the Seasonal Eagle Ranger Post, which I filled during 2014 and 2015. I’ll …

An Eagle Called “Hope”

On Monday, a remarkable thing happened. Our family friends, Hunter and “Boo” Steele, are avid collectors of second hand books. Each time they visit my in-laws on Mull they sweetly bring a selection of volumes for Alexander and me. These books arrive in a large cardboard box, wrapped in bright paper and signed off with …

Chicks in the Mist

The glen leading down to West Ardhu is a fickle place. Though the massive rock terraces are themselves immovable, weather conditions lend them a shadow-life that belies their static nature. It is a place fit for eagles. There are days when the sun slants over the geological scars in this landscape, calling to mind the …

Running Rings

My goodness, what a busy – but exciting –  few weeks it’s been. We’ve had primary school visits, beautiful weather, sensational views of the eagles… and of course, the ringing of the chicks! At West Ardhu, the single chick was fitted with its leg rings on Tuesday June 7th. As the team arrived, “Hope” [the …

In the Eye of the Beholder

There’s been a little bit of excitement to start my week at West Ardhu… I’m delighted to tell you that on Monday, for the very first time, we were able to see Star and Hope’s single chick from the hide! Admittedly, it’s not at the most visually appealing stage in its development [think half-plucked chicken …

Life in the Limelight

Well ladies and gentlemen, I think we might have a bit of a poser in our midst at NWMCWC’s West Ardhu site! […and no, I’m not talking about Malcolm, who has been braving shorts since March…] As the single chick passes the two-week mark, Hope – the resident female – has been taking every opportunity …