This year four pairs of ospreys bred in Kielder Forest, a significant achievement for the Forestry Commission who have provided the platforms they use for nests.
We have seen a Kielder hatched osprey, Nest 2 Blue 2H, return to his natal grounds which is a major milestone. And for the first time this year Nest 1 Blue 39 was also recorded on a nestcam.
But for many the return of Nest 1 Blue UV – one of the first three chicks to be tracked at Kielder – was more of a highlight. Being able to follow his migrations and life in his wintering grounds in northern Senegal has been a privilege.
This morning he was sitting in the sun on a beach in northern Senegal.
In July he perched by his mother, not that she would recognise him. Here he is, having just landed on the new platform his parents occupied this year. Mum wasn’t happy!
We look forward to 2017, which will begin with more about UV’s recent activity. Our best wishes to readers and thank you for following our ospreys.