Welcome to the Kielder Osprey Project website. You can read more about the Project’s partners here.
2018 is the 10th successive year of Ospreys breeding in Kielder Forest. During that time, the population has grown from 1 to 4 breeding pairs, with other birds in the area each summer. As usual, we aim to update the website regularly, courtesy of the nest cameras provided by Forestry Commission England and other sources of news.
We have introduced some layout changes for 2018. On the right hand side of this new home page there are links to posts about each individual nest, and also migration. By clicking on the relevant image, you’ll see all the information about the subject for this year, plus some archived posts for the nests.
If you wish to scroll through all posts, click on “Blog” in the top menu bar.
The search tool should enable you to find posts mentioning specific subjects eg entering “Blue 35” will bring up posts mentioning her.
If you sign up to “Follow Blog via Email”, you’ll receive notification of new posts on any topic as soon as they are published.
Osprey Watch at Kielder Waterside is now over for the season.
Key news items will be displayed below for a short time.
2 April: just before noon, UV began his 3rd Spring migration
4-16 April: the breeding adults bar the Nest 3 male returned safely
23-28 April: three eggs for Nest 4
24-29 April: three eggs for Nest 1A
25-30 April: three eggs for Nest 2
3-8 May: three eggs for Nest 3
8 May: 2016 hatched male Blue Y1 landed on his natal nest
31 May: eggs 1 and 2 hatched on Nest 4
1 June: eggs 1 and 2 hatched on Nest 1A
2 June; egg 3 hatched on Nest 4, full clutch
2 June: egg 1 hatched on Nest 2
4 June: full clutch of 3 for Nest 1A
5 June: egg 3 hatched on Nest 2 – chick 2
9 June: first chick for Nest 3 new pairing
11 June: egg 2 hatched on Nest 3
14 or 15 June: chick 3, Nest 4, died
between 19-24 June: one of the chicks on Nest 2 died
10-11 July: the chicks on Nests 1A, 2 and 4 were ringed
17 July: the Nest 3 chicks were ringed
23 July: Nest 1A 223/Broomlee had fledged by 08.00
24 July: Nest 1A 221/Byrness fledged successfully
25 July: Nest 2 5L/Bamburgh fledged
30 July: Nest 1A 222/Binky flew at 08.22, possibly not the fledge
July: Nest 5, a natural nest, is found and one chick seen, although sadly it did not survive past about 3 weeks from hatching
3 August: Nest 3 224/Bywell fledged
5 August: Nest 3 225/Blackaburn fledged by 07.19