Ospreys at Kielder
The main highlight of the early part of the 2016 season is confirmation that a fourth pair of ospreys are breeding in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Five of the breeding ospreys returned safely from migration. The original female on Nest 2 has been succeeded by White EB who hatched in 2007 in Tweed Valley. Another thrill has been the first recorded sighting at Kielder of Blue 39 who hatched at Nest 1 in 2011. Blue 2H (Nest 2, 2012) has also been spotted.
Nest 1 has been vacated by YA and Mrs YA in favour of a new platform erected by the Forestry Commission. The original nest is starting to get overgrown and although still viable the pair have chosen to move to a site with a better view. The new nest, Nest 1A has had three chicks hatch between the 19th and 21st May, and is visible from Leaplish Waterside Park through binoculars or a spotting scope.
There is every chance that this year we will see a record number of chicks fledge. The best year to date was 2014 when Nest 3 first bred - eight chicks fledged from the three nests. Since 2009 when ospreys began to re-colonise at Kielder 31 chicks have fledged in total.
After over 200 years of absence from Northumberland it is a delight to see ospreys thriving at Kielder. Osprey Watch will begin at Leaplish Waterside Park on 4 June and will run every weekend between 10.30 and 16.30 and on Wednesdays from 6 July. NWT volunteers will be on hand with scopes so visitors can view Nest 1A and learn more about these iconic birds.
You can support Osprey Watch by donating via the link below.
Nestcams showing activity from Nest 1A and Nest 2 will be available then. Currently Nest 2 is streaming to Kielder Castle Cafe and to the Osprey Cabin at Leaplish.
Follow the season in detail by reading the blog, http://kielderospreys.wordpress.com. The history of ospreys at Kielder is summarised on the timeline https://kielderospreys.wordpress.com/timeline-2013/
Photo: Simon Mackie. Blagdon Lake. Somerset 31.3.13
What you said:
“Great to see the male and female together.” – Murray family, County Durham
“Fantastic to see such a rare sight!” – Lindsay Kemp, Isle of Wight
"Wonderful! Really excellent information.” – Margaret Clate, Newcastle
“Very knowledgeable guide. Great to see the ospreys. Thanks!!” – Dawn Livesey, Lancashire
Kielder Osprey Watch is possible thanks to the hard work of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Forestry Commission, RSPB, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water and other partners. We would like to thank Bellingham Fund and Northumberland National Park Area Action Fund for their support this year which has funded volunteer support and leaflets to improve the visitor experience.