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Osprey chicks make their first flights in Northumberland

The last osprey chick fledges at Kielder on Sunday. Picture by Forestry Commission.
The last osprey chick fledges at Kielder on Sunday. Picture by Forestry Commission.

Six osprey chicks have successfully fledged from three nests in Northumberland.

The first and oldest chick to fledge from the nests in Kielder Water and Forest Park made its first flight on Monday, July 20, while the final bird took the plunge on Sunday, July 26.

Kielder Osprey Project volunteer Joanna Dailey said: “This has been quite a tough year for breeding ospreys in the north with poor weather making life very difficult for them.

“To have six very fit-looking young ospreys flying around Kielder in readiness for migration is a tribute to their parents’ fishing and rearing skills.

“Thirty ospreys have now fledged at Kielder since 2009. This milestone represents a significant contribution to the growth of the population in Northern England.”

The young ospreys will remain around Kielder for the next few weeks as they learn to fend for themselves, before heading off as far south as West Africa, for the winter. Visitors can watch their antics through a nest camera broadcasting at Kielder Castle café and Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park.

Fans of the famous birds can also keep up to date with them by checking the blog at kielderospreys.wordpress.com

The Osprey Watch is organised by Kielder Water and 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 and Forest Park and safeguarding and monitoring the nest site.