After summering at Kielder for a couple of years and finding a female in 2008 an unringed male Osprey settled on a newly built platform in March 2009. Within a couple of weeks he was joined by an unringed female, possiby the 2008 bird. With no nestcam the dates of egg laying and hatching are unknown, but as the chicks grew the monitoring Forestry Commission Rangers and Kielder Ornithologist were delighted to see three healthy looking youngsters exploring their nest.
Rediscovered video of the ringing of these chicks is the source of these stills, a wonderful record of that historic year.
The first chick to be ringed looked around and at the new bling, not at all shy.
The second chick was given a White Darvic KC. The process was filmed from slightly further away so there isn’t a close up of the ring.
Another still of White KC after the BTO and Darvic rings had been fitted.
The third chick was given Darvic ring White KH.
It looks as though the beak may have suffered in a scrap over a fish, perhaps.
One chick wasn’t keen on posing!
We’ve had no sightings reported of any of the 2009 chicks and the unringed parents are no longer with us. But they left a legacy for the Osprey population of Northern England because their 2010 chick Blue 35 has produced six chicks in her first two years of breeding at Foulshaw Moss with the Lake District’s White YW.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘look back’. Thank you for your interest in Kielder Ospreys and best wishes for the festive season to all our readers.