Another day, another nest of osprey chicks to ring. How wonderful is it to be able to say that? On Thursday, the two chicks on Nest 3 received their rings to bring the Kielder total for 2014 to eight chicks. This is double the number for the best previous year – 2013 – even though there have been two nests since 2011.
The female flew off the nest alarm calling as the ringing party came into her view.
There was no sign of the male for a few minutes. When he appeared it was with a fish, so he had been out hunting and eating the head. He didn’t let go of his prize throughout the ringing, escorting the team away with it still firmly in his grasp.
The two chicks looked very healthy, probably just three or four days behind Nests 1 and 2 so around 38-40 days old.
One is a male. He was given Darvic ring Blue VK.
The other is female, now known as Blue VL.
As with Nests 1 and 2 the young ospreys are quite weighty – 1630g for the male and 1810g for the female.
There was no sign of an addled egg in the nest. A third chick may have hatched and died but as this was almost certainly the first breeding year perhaps only two eggs were laid.
The team left the area reflecting on what a wonderful season it has been so far. Now our hopes are for safe fledges for all the young.