Bute Birders search for eagles on Mull

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For their May outing, 13 members of Buteshire Natural History Society’s ‘Bird Group’ turned their attention to the Isle of Mull.

A highlight of the trip was a chance to see a white-tailed sea eagle and chick on her nest (or eyrie) and under the watchful eye of RSPB wardens. 

The white-tailed eagle is the UK’s largest bird of prey, and is the fourth largest eagle on Earth. Seen in flight, with its wings stretched out to their full 2.5 metres (8ft), it is an awe-inspiring site. Another highlight was the sight (and sound) of corncrakes, found near to the abbey on the Isle of Iona after a short ferry crossing from Mull.

The weather was ‘mixed’ meaning it was mostly either raining or threatening to rain but a good time was had by all. Many thanks are due to our organiser for the weekend, Billy Shields. We saw a wide range of birds (87 on the species list) – and otters too.

For information on the Bute Bird Group and for pictures from Mull of great northern diver, hen harrier, greenshank, turnstone and common sandpipers, visit the Bird Group section of the Bute Museum website http://www.butemuseum.org.uk.

The next outing of the Bute Bird Group is an ‘Evening Bird Survey’ (including owls, with luck) on Tuesday, June 11, meeting at Guildford Square at 9.00pm – old and new members are welcome.