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Summer tweets: follow Mull’s famous white-tailed eagle antics online

White tailed sea eagle (credit: Peter Cairns, Northshots)

White tailed sea eagle (credit: Peter Cairns, Northshots)

Do eagles tweet@f0 Well some do! Two white-tailed eagles, made famous on BBC’s Springwatch, are now causing a stir in the world of social media.

Almost 300 people are ‘following’ eagles Skye and Frisa on micro-blogging site Twitter which is currently tweeting updates from the nest site.

Skye and Frisa became resident eagles at Loch Frisa on the island of Mull in 1998, but it wasn’t until their appearance on the first ever series of Springwatch in 2005 that they became household names and an internet sensation.

The popular pair is monitored and protected daily by the watchful eye of the Mull Eagle Watch, a partnership project involving RSPB Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Mull and Iona Community Trust, Strathclyde Police and local volunteers.

The team makes sure the birds are not disturbed or targeted by irresponsible photographers or egg collectors

Dave Sexton, RSPB Scotland’s Mull Officer, says it’s particularly important to be extra vigilant at this time of year.  “We’re now into the breeding season and Skye and Frisa are sitting tight on their eggs. However, there are real concerns that the gale force winds and torrential rain that we have had recently on Mull may make life really tough for these devoted birds trying to nest successfully. We’re hoping that they can sit it out until the sun shines on them again and hope the worst of the weather is now behind us. We can but hope!

“After great coverage on last year’s BBC Autumnwatch show, visitors from far and wide have travelled to Mull to catch sight of the duo in their natural environment in a Forestry Commission Scotland forest at Loch Frisa. The Date with Nature project, which has just started again for the summer, is a great way to see these birds from what is the only eagle hide in the world offering views of white-tailed eagles at their nest. But rest assured if you can’t get over to see us this summer you can follow all the action via our Twitter@SkyeandFrisa, Facebook and blog pages.”

More details about the Mull Eagle Watch and the Date With Nature project can be found at To book a trip to see Skye and Frisa this year call 01680 812 556.

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