Timeline 2017

mid April – Blue 7A is photographed at Esthwaite Water, offspring of 2010 Kielder 
female Blue 35 who breeds at Foulshaw Moss
30 April – UV reaches England on his second Spring migration
1 May – UV intrudes at Kielder
5 May – Blue 8H, 2014 Nest 2, is seen intruding at Balgavies Loch
12 June – Blue W0, 1st male offspring in 2015 of 37 and YA’s mother/Aran at Glaslyn, lands on Nest 1
1 August – 2012 Nest 2 male Blue 2H lands on the Bassenthwaite nest
7 August – UV lands on Nest 2
29 August – 2010 Nest 1 female Blue 35 seen on migration at the Aguilar de Campoo reservoir in northern Spain
5 September – 2012 Nest 2 male Blue 2H seen on migration at the Cávado River estuary, Fão, in Portugal
8 September – UV began his third Autumn migration


Nest 1A

26 March – YA returns at 13.23
29 March – Mrs YA is on the nest when streaming started at 10.00
10 April – first egg laid at 12.11
13 April – second egg laid, probably about 11.51
16 April – third egg probably laid before noon but three eggs first seen on 18 April
19 April – FOURTH egg seen, 2nd year in a row for the pair
When the nestcam was repaired, 3 chicks were on the nest. Chick 3 was probably the non-survivor
26 June – chicks ringed and named after Northumbrian places
two females (Blue Y9/Amble, Blue 8P/Ayle) and a male (Blue 6P/Acton)
19 August – Blue 8P/Ayle flew from Nest 3 in the evening, probably began migration on 20 August
30 August – from limited field observations over several days, both Y9/Amble and YA appear to have migrated

Nest 2

31 March – 37 is on the nest when streaming started at 10.00
2 April – EB returns
16 April – first egg laid at 14.48
19 April – second egg seen at 10.22, probably laid earlier that morning
22 April – third egg laid pre-nestcam streaming
24 May – first hatch by 08.00
25 May – second hatch late afternoon, time 16.56
The 3rd egg did not hatch
30 June – chicks ringed and GSM/GPS transmitters fitted
a male (Blue 7P/Alnwick) and a female (Blue 7L/Aln)
3 July – Alnwick was euthanised after suffering a severe wing injury
20 July – Aln fledged at 11.08
21 August – last sighting of EB
9 September – Aln migrated soon after 11.15
11 September – last sighting of 37 at 13.07

Nest 3

31 March – the female is seen on the nest
8 April – the male is seen on the nest
24 April – first egg laid between 15.00 and 18.00
27 April – second egg laid 14.08
30 April – third egg laid by 11.40
31 May – first hatch between 08.00 and noon
2 June – second hatch before 07.00
4 June – third hatch before 07.00
13 July – chicks ringed, chick1 female, Blue 9L/Archer, chick 2 male, Blue 4L/Ancroft.
chick 3 ?female, Blue 6L/Acomb
25 July – Ancroft had fledged before 07.00, probably previous day
28 July – Archer fledged between 08.00 and noon
30 July – Acomb fledged, probably at 07.55
29 August – last sighting of 4L/Ancroft at 19.00
30 August – 9L/Archer began her migration at 09.44 GMT, 6L/Acomb last seen at 19.00

Nest 4

8 April – the female landed at 11.55
9 April – Blue 69 lands with a fish at 10.07
21 April – first egg laid at 16.17
24 April – second egg laid at 12.21
27 April – third egg laid at 11.09
30 May – first egg hatches at 14.26
31 May – second egg hatches at 10.08
1 June – final hatch shortly before 16.28
9 June – chick 3 died early morning or previous evening
5 July – chicks ringed, a male, Blue 8L/Aydon and a female, Blue 3L/Alwinton
24 July – Aydon fledged at 08.36
28 July – Alwinton fledged at 16.38
26 August – last sighting of Mrs 69
1 September – last sightings of 3L/Alwinton and 8L/Aydon late morning
3 September – last sighting of 69 at 14.39