The ringing team arrived at Nest 2 on an overcast to misty morning. As Forestry Commission England Wildlife Ranger Paul climbed to the nest, EB kept an eye on her chicks.
Once the chicks were on the ground EB sat in the tree that housed the original nest, calling occasionally to her offspring.
The chicks were checked over and weighed to make sure they were fit enough and heavy enough for GSM/GPS transmitters to be fitted. They passed on both counts.
Whilst one chick had its ‘backpack’ attached, the other was ringed. The first to be ringed is a female. She is the chick pictured in the previous post in a more dramatic shot than this one.
She was given the Darvic ring Blue 7L, and was named Aln. The River Aln rises in the Cheviots and flows into the North Sea about 30 miles south of the Scottish border. Aln weighed 1680g.
Her sibling is a male and was known as chick 1 until today.
He was given ring Blue 7P and will be known as Alnwick (pronounced Annick). Alnwick is a market town on the River Aln. These days, most people know of it through Harry Potter! Alnwick Castle, which belongs to the Duke of Northumberland, features in the films as Hogwarts. Kielder Castle was built by a former Duke of Northumberland, so a nice tie in for a Kielder Osprey. Alnwick weighed 1480g.
Shortly before the chicks were returned to their nest 37 arrived with a fish. And flew off again with his catch!
Aln was ‘happy’ to pose on the nest.
Brother Alnwick wasn’t so keen.
Within 20 minutes of the team leaving the area EB was back on the perch. 37 arrived not long after with the fish and the chicks ate some comfort food.
The transmitters are working correctly. There’ll be a lot of red dots on the nest until they fledge!