Nest 3 ringing

The chicks on Nest 3 have been ringed and the eldest has been fitted with a GSM/GPS tracker.

The chicks were all healthy. Chick 2, a male, weighed 1380g. He was given Darvic ring Blue 4L.

hiding the bling
(c) Joanna Dailey

He was named Ancroft, after a small village in NE Northumberland quite near the Scottish Border. A Roman road runs from Hadrian’s Wall through the village and up to the River Tweed.

Ancroft back on the nest
(c) Paul Pickett

Chick 3, so tiny compared to the others for over 3 weeks, weighed 1520g. Gender was difficult to determine from weight and tarsi. His/her Darvic ring is Blue 6L.

Blue 6L – and some flying companions
(c) Joanna Dailey

Midges and other biters were in abundance!

Blue 6L is called Acomb, after a small village near the River Tyne south of Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Acomb at home
(c) Paul Pickett

Chick 1, a female, weighed 1760g.

the ‘don’t mess with me’ look
(c) Joanna Dailey

She was given Darvic ring Blue 9L. She is named Archer, after Archer Cleugh Burn which runs into Kielder Water from Deadwater Fell NW of the reservoir.

Archer and her rings
(c) Joanna Dailey

She was fitted with a GSM/GPS tracker which is functioning well.

Archer on her nest
(c) Paul Pickett

Checks on their condition from a footage download early this morning showed normal activity had resumed.

Ancroft exercises, Archer builds herself up
(c) Forestry Commission England

a shower of down as Acomb exercises
(c) Forestry Commission England

Ancroft studies Archer’s technique
(c) Forestry Commission England

This year should see the 50th chick fledge at Kielder since ospreys settled here in 2009. Archer will be our “official” 50th chick. We wish her and all the other youngsters safe fledges and migrations.



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4 Responses to Nest 3 ringing

  1. M Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee. Hopefully the tracking device will provide more data as the weeks, months and years go by. May she stay safe and fly well.

  2. Jo says:

    An astoundingly beautiful nestful …….. Favourites not allowed …. and I shall be following Archer’s life journey … but I think you might guess who I’m interested to see return …. and in what capacity. May they all fledge safely.

  3. Jillian Kinsley says:

    So excited about following chicks to Africa and back. Good luck to them all.

    • joannadailey says:

      They may go to Spain or Portugal, Jillian, we very much look forward to discovering Where and how they migrate. As you say, they all need some luck.

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