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.
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.
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.
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.
Chick 1, a female, weighed 1760g.
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.
She was fitted with a GSM/GPS tracker which is functioning well.
Checks on their condition from a footage download early this morning showed normal activity had resumed.
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.