A pair of ospreys nesting in Kielder Water & Forest Park are now proud parents of three chicks.
The first chick was discovered on Wednesday morning, with the second chick spotted soon after. The final chick hatched at about 3pm yesterday.
A second osprey nest in the park also saw all of its three eggs hatch this week. Both nests are on platforms erected by the Forestry Commission.
Project volunteer Joanna Dailey said: “The first two eggs to hatch were laid four-plus days apart so for the chicks to emerge from their shells within a few hours of each other is remarkable. To see six healthy chicks after several of them hatched in very wet weather is an absolute delight and a credit to their parents’ skills.”
The chicks will remain in their nests and be fed by their parents for around 50 days before taking their first tentative flights around Kielder.
Visitors to Kielder can experience views of these magnificent birds of prey every weekend over the next few months with the Osprey Watch, a special viewpoint staffed by dedicated volunteers armed with powerful telescopes.
Situated behind the Boat Inn restaurant at Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park, Osprey Watch runs every weekend from 11am to 4.30pm until the chicks fledge in late July or early August. Cameras installed in the nests mean visitors can also watch the action unfold on CCTV footage beamed live into Kielder Castle Cafe (both nests) and the Boat Inn at Leaplish Waterside Park (Nest 1 only). Fans of the famous birds can also keep up to date with them and the progress of their eggs by checking the blog at kielderospreys.wordpress.com.
The Osprey Watch is organised by Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and Northumberland Wildlife Trust, with support from the RSPB. 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. To find out more, go to www.visitkielder.com.