A new year dawns

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!

UV lands on his parents' new nest

UV lands on his parents’ new nest

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.



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5 Responses to A new year dawns

  1. JW4926 says:

    Thank you so much Joanna for the updates (and downs), the FC for the videos and Paul for the graphics ………. and thank you most of all to Kielder’s ospreys for sharing their tales, their journeys and their achievements. Long may they continue :-)

  2. Mike Simmonds says:

    Thank you Joanna and here’s to a great 2017.

  3. Cirrus says:

    How lovely to hear he perched by his mum!! Actually, I believe Ospreys do have a memory of perhaps 2 years . Certainly Odin learned his lesson where Blue XD was concerned and started to return much earlier that he originally used to do. No , please don’t react to my statement LoL one cannot prove it either way. Thank you Joanna – it will soon be a new season

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