Osprey chicks hatch

Four osprey chicks have successfully hatched in rural Northumberland.

Friday, 7th June 2019, 1:02 pm
Updated Friday, 7th June 2019, 4:43 pm

Kielder Water and Forest park saw its first osprey chick of the season hatch on May 24, followed swiftly by three more over the past week.

Nest 1A had a rare clutch of four eggs and all have now successfully hatched. The partners at Kielder are now waiting for around six eggs to hatch - hopefully over the next week.

Tom Dearnley, Forestry England ecologist, said: “It’s an exciting time, and the continued success of the ospreys is a joy to see. We are rooting for all the chicks, and we hope that the four in nest 1A grow into healthy young ospreys which successfully fledge. It’s just a short wait until we find out about the final two nests.”

An osprey chick being fed at Kielder.