Ospreys at Kielder
2020 is the 12th successive year of ospreys breeding in Kielder Forest. For the first time, 7 nests were occupied, although at Nest 3 the breeding female failed to find a new mate after her partner moved to a new platform with a new female. Particularly exciting was the discovery that 2014 Nest 1 male Blue UV had paired with a Scottish female on Nest 5A. He is the first osprey hatched in the forest to try and breed here. Sadly, despite diligent incubation, their eggs failed to hatch.
Although 19 eggs were laid across 6 nests, in addition to UV’s, 3 others did not hatch. Four chicks died during spells of poor weather, however the remaining ten young ospreys have fledged successfully and are flying around Kielder Water & Forest Park. The breeding season has been poor in Scotland and some of northern England, so an additional 10 birds in the population is an important contribution.
Usually, each year once the ospreys return to Kielder, Northumberland Wildlife Trust coordinates a team of knowledgeable volunteers who share their expertise with visitors from the viewing point situated behind the Boat Inn at Kielder Waterside. And Calvert Kielder would normally run seasonal Osprey and Wildlife Cruises, providing a great way to have a chance to see the birds up close. Due to Coronavirus the 2020 Osprey Watch season and wildlife cruises have been cancelled. You can support next season's Osprey Watch by donating via the link below.
Between late March and early September Ospreys often hunt over the water. The birds use all parts of the reservoir, but some favourite areas are either side of the water at the dam, the area between Bull Crag and Leaplish Bay, and Leaplish Bay itself. The ospreys regularly hunt soon after first light and again in the early evening, around 17.30-18.00, but can be active at any time of the day. As the breeding season goes on, more fish will be required by ever-hungry growing chicks.
You can follow the progress of the Kielder ospreys by visiting the blog at, http://kielderospreys.wordpress.com.
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 England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water and Calvert Kielder.