History in the making – Kielder Ospreys being rung


Tree climbing rangers clambered up a tall Sitka spruce to pay a house call on an historic brood of ospreys. Two pairs of osprey have nested this year at Kielder water.

Rangers at Kielder water have now ringed two osprey chicks in one nest and a third single chick in a second nest born to proud and record breaking parents in Kielder Water & Forest Park. Well done to all concerned, keep up the pioneering work.

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The nest is the second in the 62,000 hectare (155,000 acre) Northumbrian wilderness, but it makes Kielder the only place in England for over 170 years to have two nesting pairs of osprey families at the same time.

Until now all the observations of the nest had been made from a distance as the Forestry Commission was keen not to disturb the birds.  Now it can be revealed that two birds were found in the second nest.  Both chicks were gently lowered from the nest to have rings attached to their legs.  Mum kept watch from a nearby tree.

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Rings carry vital information like where and when the birds were born.  Because they can be read over a distance using a telescope, it’s the best chance of finding out what becomes of the young birds in the big wide world.

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In a few weeks the chicks should fledge and start a crash course learning from Dad how to hunt for fish on Kielder Water.  And they won’t be alone as Kielder’s other osprey nest has also produced a chick, ringed later in the day by rangers.

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By September the youngsters need to be able to fend for themselves – a 3,000 mile winter migration to Africa beckons.

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Kielder Osprey Watch 2011 is organised by the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, the RSPB and Northumberland Wildlife Trust. The partners are working hard to ensure that the ospreys are here to stay by maintaining a high quality habitat in Kielder Water & Forest Park and safeguarding and monitoring the nest site.

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Bassenthwaite Lake – Lake District National Park

Raptor Politics can now confirm the osprey nest at Bassenthwaite Lake this year also contains a successful brood of chicks. Unfortunately when wardens assistaed by the local electricity company went along to ring the chicks, the vehicle hoist could not reach the top of the nesting tree and the operation has been called off. We undertsand the three satilite transmitters purchased at a cost of approx £3000 each have not been fitted and are now unlikely to be used this year. To read more about this site follow this link.

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