Tag: Kielder ospreys
If you love wildlife and have time to spare on Bank Holiday weekends, Northumberland Wildlife Trust invites you to become part of the team involved in the Kielder Osprey Watch at Leaplish Park, Kielder, this summer. This is a thrilling project in which to be involved and you will be helping ensure that the ospreys are here to stay in Northumberland.
Northumberland Kielder ospreys begin leaving for the long journey to Africa; one osprey chick spotted on nest
A lone osprey chick was spotted on the nest at Kielder Forest yesterday. It looks like his parents have already started the 5,000-mile migratory journey south to Africa, although his sibling may still be about. In a few weeks this chick will pluck up his nerve to act on instincts and begin the long journey on his own.
The young ospreys born and raised at Kielder this season are exploring the reservoir and surrounding trees, and continue to catch fish on their own as their confidence increases.
The young osprey chicks continue to do well and thrive, despite a challenge start in life during record rainfalls in Northumberland earlier in the year. The chicks are flying and have learned to carry food and fly. The adults are trying to encourage the chicks to learn to get their own fish so that they will become independent and develop survival skills that will be essential in the months ahead.
Expert Osprey watchers at Kielder were thrilled this week when the final two osprey chicks born at Kielder this year took to the skies – after bouncing on the nest for some time. The birds did well and seemed to enjoy soaring journey into the skies above the forest.
Fledgling osprey chicks have been ringed by Forestry Commission staff this week. Staff and volunteers are really pleased with the health and progress of this year’s chicks given the horrendous weather in the last few months. Ringing will man the birds can be monitored in the wild.
The Osprey chicks at Kielder are starting to thrive after two very difficult weeks and are growing against the odds given the bad weather and heavy rain experienced in the North of England. The lone chick on number one nest is doing very well, despite the loss of its two siblings a few weeks ago. This chick gets as much food as it can from its father. The chicks on next number two are doing well an the small chick in the group continues to grow.
Exciting and dramatic new film footage from kielder shows a female osprey calling for a fish. She also paces her nest soon before laying two eggs on an artificial platform put up by the Forestry Commission in the 62,000 hectare (155,000 acre) wilderness. The footage is from high-definition cameras which are giving experts the first close-up views of the ospreys in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland.
It’s confirmed that there is a pair of ospreys back on the original nest at Kielder Water. They will have made a 5,000-mile journey north, returning successfully from their African winter away. This is the fourth year in a row that ospreys have been spotted at Kielder and in the last three years they bred successfully. It is hoped that they will raise their chicks again at Kielder Water this year.