Ospreys at Kielder
In 2018, 7 of the 8 breeding ospreys have returned from migration to southern climes. A new male has taken the place of the missing bird at Nest 3. Egg laying has begun, with Nest 4 leading the way. Other ospreys are seen from time to time, so will there be a 5th nest this year - the 10th year of breeding in Kielder Water & Forest Park?
In 2017, the 50th chick fledged from Kielder nests since re-colonisation began in 2009. In total, nine chicks fledged from our four nests.
Other important landmarks included the safe return of all the breeding adults and the first ever sighting of a female from 2014/Nest 2, Blue 8H, back in the UK from her wintering area. We also saw the first known visit to Kielder of a 'grandchick'. Breeding at Foulshaw Moss, 2010/Nest 1 Blue 35's 2015 offspring, Blue V3, landed on Nest 2 - the first sighting of her since she migrated. Kielder is making an impressive contribution to the northern osprey population.
After an absence of more than 200 years in Northumberland, Kielder Forest is fortunate to be home to these magnificent birds of prey. For a chance to see these magnificent birds at Kielder this year, visit Kielder Osprey Watch at the Osprey Cabin at Kielder Waterside (behind the Boat Inn) from Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April between 10.30 and 17.00, where knowledgeable Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers will be on hand to help you see the birds through high powered scopes, view live webcams and give you more information. Osprey Watch takes place every weekend throughout the summer – usually until mid-August, plus Bank Holidays and Wednesdays in July and August.
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Between late March and early September visitors using the Lakeside Way may see ospreys hunting over the water, The birds use all parts of the reservoir, but some favourite areas are either side of the water at the dam, the area between Bull Crag and Leaplish Bay, and Leaplish Bay itself. The ospreys regularly hunt soon after first light and again in the early evening, around 17.30-18.00, but can be active at any time of the day. As the breeding season goes on, more fish will be required by ever-hungry growing chicks. So June-August are the peak months, giving the best chance of seeing this magnificent bird plunge into the water and emerge with a fish
You can follow the progress of the Kielder ospreys by visiting the blog at, http://kielderospreys.wordpress.com.
Photo: Simon Mackie. Blagdon Lake. Somerset 31.3.13
What you said:
“Great to see the male and female together.” – Murray family, County Durham
“Fantastic to see such a rare sight!” – Lindsay Kemp, Isle of Wight
"Wonderful! Really excellent information.” – Margaret Clate, Newcastle
“Very knowledgeable guide. Great to see the ospreys. Thanks!!” – Dawn Livesey, Lancashire
Kielder Osprey Watch is possible thanks to the hard work of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Forestry Commission, RSPB, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water and other partners. We would like to thank Bellingham Fund and Northumberland National Park Area Action Fund for their support this year which has funded volunteer support and leaflets to improve the visitor experience.