Ospreys fly in to spend their summer in Northumberland countryside

Ospreys have flown in from warmer climes to spend the summer in Northumberland.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:56 pm

The birds of prey have become a fascinating and popular addition to Kielder Water & Forest Park since re-colonising the area in 2009, with people able to watch their lives unfold via locally-streamed nest cams.

From arrival, to eggs being laid, to chicks hatching, then fledging, to their departure late in the summer, the patterns and habits of the ospreys have become familiar to avid and casual watchers alike.

The arrival of the breeding male known as Blue 69 on March 25 was his earliest return by more than a week.

Ospreays have returned to Kielder for the summer. Picture: Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust
Ospreays have returned to Kielder for the summer. Picture: Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust

Of the 13 established breeding ospreys, all but one has already returned, with the last expected in the coming days.

The ospreys’ return is perfectly timed with the return of visitors following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Following the decision in 2017 to start an alphabetised naming scheme for ospreys that hatch at Kielder, the 2021 chicks will all be named for parts of Northumberland beginning with the letter E.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust director Graham Perry said: “There is always something very special about the ospreys’ return to Kielder each year. We are hopeful that their arrival is a good omen for the year ahead, as we start to welcome visitors back to the park. We can’t wait to watch their ‘soap opera in the sky’ unfold for another year.”

Kielder Osprey Watch is a partnership between Northumbrian Water, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Forestry England, and Calvert Kielder.

To find out more about the Kielder ospreys, visit volunteer Joanna Dailey’s blog: https://kielderospreys.wpcomstaging.com/

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