A special visitor

On 30 April EB was incubating on Nest 2 in the sunshine when she started alarm calling. First a wing tip could be seen.

no identification from that
(c) Forestry Commission England

Then an osprey tried to land on EB’s nest.

touchdown imminent
(c) Forestry Commission England

EB is NOT happy
(c) Forestry Commission England

EB settled back on her eggs but a minute later the visitor returned. Press HD for best quality.

Blue V3 hatched at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve in 2015. She is the daughter of Lake District Osprey Project White YW and 2010 Kielder Nest 1 Blue 35 and the second of their offspring to have been sighted in the UK this season. Great news for us all.

Paul Waterhouse, CWT‘s Reserves Officer said “This is exciting and important news for us as it’s confirmation that one of the osprey chicks raised at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve has survived into adulthood. Unfortunately 60-70% of osprey chicks don’t reach maturity – the arduous 2000-mile migration from the UK back to Africa or Iberia claims most of them. We’re delighted to see that this chick has made it into adulthood, against the odds, and returned to the north of England. It also shows how invaluable the leg rings are, as they enable us all to identify the birds individually, keep tracks of their movements and understand the birds’ life history.”

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6 Responses to A special visitor

  1. Jo says:

    More fabulous news! Thank you …. You must be feeling super proud at Kielder! Well done YW and Blue 35!

  2. KeithR says:

    She (Blue 35) is only a young 7 year old herself and it absolutely fantastic news to have two (Blue V3 and 7A) of her eight offspring hanging around close to her home already. What are you putting in their feed at Kielder. Many Congratulations.

  3. Cirrus says:

    How marvellous. Great going Foulshaw Moss and Kielder – simply outstanding news.

  4. thehutts says:

    A mate for UV – they aren’t related as far as we know? Sally

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