Two more Ospreys return to Northumberland

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Another two ospreys have returned to nest at Kielder Water and Forest Park.

Last week we reported that a female bird had come back to the site, for the sixth year in a row, earlier than predicted.

Having arrived early at the nesting platform, the osprey then tidied the nest and made it her own in anticipation of a returning male, which was exactly what happened when a male bird was spotted at the nest over the weekend.

And another bird has now been spotted at the site.

Before their recolonisation the Kielder ospreys had not been observed in Northumberland for nearly two hundred years largely due to persecution in earlier centuries. Kielder Water & Forest Park has been deemed the perfect environment for the recolonisation ospreys to thrive given that there is 250sq miles of forest and northern Europe’s largest man-made lake surrounding the birds.

Andrea Trager acting Forestry Commission recreation ranger, for Kielder Water & Forest Park said: “Every year everyone involved with the protection of the ospreys breathes a sigh of relief when they begin to return to Kielder.

“The birds travel a long way to get here from sub-Saharan Africa and we look forward to hopefully welcoming a male partner here too. Only then can we wait with bated breath hoping for the next generation of ospreys to be born here.

“Last year saw four chicks hatch at Kielder which was wonderful and was a source of great joy to the hundreds of people who watch their every move either through the blog or on the Kielder Castle café’s ‘nestcam’. These are the best ways to see the birds’ development given the reclusive nature of the creatures.”

Osprey Watch volunteers will man the Osprey Viewing Area at Leaplish Waterside Park where the public can also view the ospreys from the Kielder Ferry (the Osprey) operated by Northumbrian Water.

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