Timeline 2018

31 January: Blue Y6, 2016 Nest 2 female offspring, youngest of three, seen again at Tanji Bird Reserve, The Gambia

21 February: Blue 6L, Acomb, 2017 Nest 3 female, youngest of three offspring, seen at Kafoutine in the Casamance region of southern Senegal

2 April: UV began his 3rd Spring migration
22 April: UV arrived in England

26 April: Blue Y1, 2016 male from Nest 1A photographed at Urdaibai Bird Center, Spain
7 May: Blue Y1 photographed at Portland Bill
8 May: Blue Y1 landed on Nest 1A, his natal nest


Nest 1A
7 April: White YA arrived at 15.36
9 April: Mrs YA landed at 16.31
24 April: first egg laid overnight
26 April: egg 2 laid at 13.23
29 April: egg 3 laid at 10.33
1 June: chick 1 hatched at 12.17
chick 2 hatched at 17.15
4 June: chick 3 seen after 08.00
11 July: the chicks were ringed and named after Northumbrian places/features. Chick 1, male – Blue 223/Broomlee, chick 2, female – Blue 221/Byrness, chick 3 female – Blue 222/Binky

Nest 2
4 April: White EB was perched on the nest edge when streaming began
5 April: Yellow 37 landed at 08.43
25 April: egg 1 seen at 09.22
27 April: egg 2 laid at 13.41
30 April: egg 3 laid at 14.05
2 June: egg 1 hatches c17.38
5 June egg 3 hatches c14.30 – chick 2
between 19-24 June: one of the chicks on Nest 2 died
10 July: the female chick was ringed Blue 5L/Bamburgh

Nest 3
16 April (probably): Nest 3 female returns
Bonding with an unringed male starts
3 May: egg 1 seen at 08.55
7 May: egg 2 confirmed, probably laid am on 6 May
8 May: egg 3 laid between 13.00 and 16.00
9 June: egg 1 hatched late evening
11 June: egg 2 hatched early afternoon
17 July: the female chicks were ringed, Blue 224/Bywell and Blue 225/Blackaburn

Nest 4
6 April: Mrs 69 was on the nest late afternoon
7 April: Blue 69 was on the nest mid-morning
23 April: first egg seen at 09.12
25 April: egg 2 is laid at 13.11
28 April: egg 3 is laid at 09.50
31 May: egg 1 hatched at 15.41
egg 2 also hatched, shortly after 16.50
2 June: egg 3 hatched at 10.32
14 or 15 June: chick 3 died
10 July: the chicks, both male, were ringed. Chick 1 is Blue 228/Beldon, chick 2 is Blue 227/Belling

See ‘Timelines 2008-2017’ for previous seasons’ highlights.