The birding website BirdGuides reported a sighting at Kielder at 13.00 on 25 February. The first in the UK. Apparently an osprey was seen for 10 minutes over the forest at the Bakethin end of Kielder Water. The Rangers haven’t seen an osprey yet.
Then on 26 February BirdGuides had another sighting in Northumberland, about 50 miles to the east of Kielder at East Chevington, a Northumberland Wildlife Trust Reserve. This was at 11.00 and the osprey was flying north.
It is extremely early for any ospreys to be sighted. UK adults with satellite tags are still in their wintering grounds this week. The two sightings may be of the same bird and it could be a Scandinavian or possibly Scottish osprey en route. Let’s hope there isn’t a really cold spell or any ospreys around could find feeding difficult. Edit: probably not the same bird as at sometime soon after 14.00 on 26 February an osprey was seen making an unsuccessful fishing attempt near Bakethin. See the Comments for the previous post for the sighting details.
Below is a map by Sally of the two sightings on BirdGuides.