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17 October 2014

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Alive and well

Just before Christmas, I found them.
I couldn't quite believe it at first when I focussed the telescope and read the tags. Most sea eagle chicks which fledged in 2003 were fitted with delightful pink wing tags. The special Loch Frisa twins were tagged pink O and pink Z. Visitors to the public hide run by Forestry Commission Scotland, Mull & Iona Community Trust, RSPB Scotland and SNH came from all over the world and all wanted to know how these two chicks would fare in the months ahead. I had received occasional reports of pink Z but nothing of pink O and I feared the worst. On that frosty December day, there were five young sea eagles in one of their winter 'clubs'. They are sociable in the winter and immatures often spend time hanging out together. I read one tag. It was pink Z. Great to see him. Other birds were landing and taking off and the light was going. I saw blue V from 2002; pink X and V from 2003 and then the fifth sea eagle landed. Pink O! I couldn't believe the siblings were still together. For me, there could be no better Christmas present. By mid January, both had moved on. The search continues.
Posted on RSPB Scotland-Mull at 22:21



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Greetings from Mull. My name is David Sexton and I'm lucky enough to be RSPB Scotland's Mull Officer. My main role is to monitor the resident population of white-tailed sea eagles on Mull. This year they had their most successful breeding season. Once the chicks fledge though it gets harder and harder to keep track of them. Lots of people on Mull and further afield send in records and we can begin to piece together where the birds are moving to. This year on Mull five chicks were given very fetching pink wing tags on both wings with the letters V, H, X, Z and O. So far in the last week or so I've relocated pink H, X, Z and O, all still on Mull but several miles from their nest sites. It's very comforting to know they've made it through the first critical few months and survived some fierce storms. But where is pink V?
Posted on RSPB Scotland-Mull at 17:45





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