Archives for June 2009

My sincere apologies for the lengthy gap in information. Last spring it was clear to me that my old system of updating the website was too complicated and it was not possible for me to change the content when I was away from my office. I discussed our website needs with Marc Hindley, a web designer in the local town, Forres. He came up with a new system and design, and I have been trying to get the content changed over from the whole web pages. It’s not been the best time of the year for making these changes, but it was essential to do so before the start of the next migration season in August. So – here is the new product and I hope you find your way around it easier than before and that you will appreciate the quicker updates that are now possible. Please give me time to get the various pages updated as we go along.

I was out early this morning checking local ospreys and they were all tending young, in fact it’s looking like a very good year for breeding. We have been tracking Nimrod on his daily hunting forays for fish and he has been travelling quite long distances to inland lochs for brown trout and down to Findhorn Bay and the coast for flounders. The two females, Morven and Beatrice, both have chicks. Golden eagles have not done so well, probably because of bad weather in April, and the two nests which we visited last summer to satellite tag eaglets have both failed.

Helping track sea eagles on Mull

Camped overnight on the shores of the Sound of Mull and this morning caught the first ferry across to the island. Met by Dave Sexton (RSPB Mull Officer) who took me off for a good breakfast before our day’s fieldwork. David had asked me to help the Mull Sea Eagle Project by fitting their satellite transmitters to 2 young sea eagles. Justin Grant was doing the climbing to the nest and lowering the big chicks to the ground. We tagged one young sea eagle in the morning on private land, and a second young in the afternoon in a Forestry Commission wood. Great to be back on the island of Mull and to hear how well the sea eagles are doing this summer. I remember long ago visiting the first nesting attempts in the early 1980s when I was the RSPB North Scotland Officer.

Adult female above nest wood 26th June

One of the young sea eagles in its eyrie