Nest 3 ringing

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.

The female alarm calling (c)Joanna Dailey

The female alarm calling
(c) Joanna Dailey

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 male and his fish (c) Joanna Dailey

The male and his fish
(c) Joanna Dailey

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.

Blue VK (c) Joanna Dailey

Blue VK
(c) Joanna Dailey

Blue VK's talons are sharp! (c) Joanna Dailey

Blue VK’s talons are sharp!
(c) Joanna Dailey

The other is female, now known as Blue VL.

Blue VL (c) Joanna Dailey

Blue VL
(c) Joanna Dailey

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.

 

 

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2 Responses to Nest 3 ringing

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    Many thanks for the update on Nest 3. Really pleased that all went well at ringing, another male for Kielder has to be good news. Lovely clear underwing patterns of both adults in flight. Looking forward to their safe fledging now.

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