It’s the start of a new season. But it won’t be like any previous one. Please read the message below carefully.

Stay Home Stay Safe- Kielder Ospreys March 2020.

In support of the national effort to combat Covid-19, all recreational facilities at Kielder Water & Forest Park were closed on Monday 23rd March. It is imperative that government rules and advice are heeded, and people should NOT visit Kielder Water & Forest Park for exercise or to view wildlife or any other inessential reason.

Forestry England’s key message supporting NHS is;
Help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Stay home, stay safe – please do not come to our forests.

For ospreys, it is just another season. And first back to Kielder Forest – as far as we know – was Nest 1A’s White YA.

(c) Forestry England

He was bearing a gift for a female, but he’s obviously tucked in well himself!

He stayed on the nest for almost a couple of hours before flying off. He’s probably visited one or two of the other nests, but it is not possible to access locally recorded footage, nor to remotely transfer video clips. For the moment, let’s rejoice in his safe return with a few more stills. Apologies for reduced quality of remote transfer images.

(c) Forestry England

…still waiting
(c) Forestry England

a quick preen
(c) Forestry England

YA returned after an hour, and was still on the nest last check.

dozing in the sun
(c) Forestry England

Stay home, stay safe everyone.


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14 Responses to News

  1. catherine court says:

    we are grateful for whatever you can give us.

  2. Mike Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee. Stay safe.

  3. Cirrus says:

    Welcome home White YA – great to see a pic of you laddie. Thanks Joanna , we all understand . I’m thankful for my garden and blackbirds and goldfinches if not Ospreys

    • joannadailey says:

      I’m sure you understand, Cirrus, but there have been plenty of cases of people who don’t. Enjoy your garden and all the osprey news!

  4. sheilaeffie says:

    In these difficult times for us all, that just brings a huge smile to my face. Welcome home YA!!

  5. Marilyn says:

    What great news that White YA is home again and hope to see the others coming very soon

  6. Sal Lloyd says:

    What great news.
    Amidst all the human carnage, what a blessing to be able to celebrate the birds, both native and migratory.
    Here’s hoping for a great Osprey season everywhere and a safe environment for all.
    Just wondering, Joanna, whether the camera on Nest 2 (EB and 37) is functional this year?
    Kindest regards, Sal

    • joannadailey says:

      The Nest 2 camera was replaced, but there were some teething problems and now access to try and rectify won’t be possible for a while, given the need to stay at home.

  7. Michael Shaw says:

    Lovely to have the ospreys back at kielder. Gutted I won’t be able to go over and see them till later in the year. Hope they all have a successful breading season.??

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  8. Dorothy Croydon says:

    Welcome home YA. There are still good things to see. Stay home and stay safe.

  9. Sophia says:

    Hello, I am a local to Kielder village. On my walk today I saw what I believed to be two ospreys next to bakefin wier and near the bird hide. I checked my reference guide and I am pretty positive they are ospreys and not buzzards. So happy to see them back early.

    • joannadailey says:

      Thank you very much for your report, Sophia. Several local people are keeping their eyes to the skies during their daily exercise, which is a great help at this time.

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