Welcome to the Kielder Osprey Project website. You can read more about the Project’s partners here.
2018 was the 10th successive year of Ospreys breeding in Kielder Forest. During that time, the population grew from 1 to 5 breeding pairs, with other birds in the area each summer. This year, we have 6 nests with eggs.
As usual, we aim to update the website regularly, courtesy of the nest cameras provided by Forestry England and other sources of news.
On the right hand side of this new home page there are links to posts about most nests, and also migration. By clicking on the relevant image, you’ll see all the information about the subject for this year, plus many archived posts.
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.
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Dates for 2019 Osprey Watch, operated by Northumberland Wildlife Trust at Kielder Waterside, are Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Saturday 20 April-Sunday 18 August. In addition, Osprey Watch will run on Wednesdays from 3 July-14 August.
Key news items for 2019 will be displayed below for a short time.
31 March: Nest 1A pair YA and Mrs YA returned from migration
1 April: Nest 2 pair 37 and EB had arrived over the weekend
2 April: the 2018 Nest 3 male arrived
6 April: UV intruded at Nest 1A, his earliest ever return to the UK
6 April; the Nest 3 female arrived in the afternoon, by 16.00
6-7 April: Mrs 69 returned to Nest 4, followed by 69 by the afternoon of 8 April
14-23 April: Nest 1A – FOUR eggs laid
17-c23 April: Nest 2 – three eggs laid
19 April: Nest 4 first egg seen, probably laid late 16-early 17 April, two more by 23 April
19 April: Nest 6 male W6 returned from migration, bringing the Nest 6 unringed female a fish
20 April: 2017 Nest 2 female 7L/Aln began her first Spring migration
22-28 April: Nest 3 – three eggs laid
2 May: Nest 5A’s first egg was laid between pm 29 April and 10.00 on 2 May
2-8 May: Nest 6 – three eggs laid
15 May: 2016 Nest 2 female Blue Y6 intruded at Loch of the Lowes
21 May: 7L/Aln reached England
24 May: chick 1 for Nest 1A hatched between 15.12 and 15.21
24 May: chick 1 for Nest 2 hatched, time unknown
25 May: chick 2, Nest 1A, hatched about 09.40
26 May: chick 2, Nest 2, arrived by 07.00
26 May: chick 3, Nest 1A, hatched at 16.41
28 May: two chicks seen on Nest 4, one at least likely to have hatched on 27 May
29 May: chick 4, Nest 1A, hatches at 11.21
29 May: chick 3 seen on Nest 4, possibly hatched earlier in the day
29 May: chick 1, Nest 3, hatched at 18.58
31 May: chick 2, Nest 3, hatched before 07.00
11 June: chick 1, Nest 6, hatched before streaming began at 08.00
11 June: chick 2, Nest 6, hatched at about 13.16
12 June: chick 4, Nest 1A, died
12 June: one of the chicks on Nest 6 didn’t survive the night
14 June: egg 3 hatched, chick known as chick 2
14 June: chick 3, Nest 4, died during the week
18 June: the two chicks on Nest 6 died in an accident
22 June: confirmation of 2 chicks for Nest 5A