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Osprey Chicks on the nestWelcome to the Lake District Osprey Project website. Our first opening date was Good Friday on March 30th. Last year (2017) female KL arrived 28th March and male Unring 30th March. They produced a full clutch of 3 chicks over the season, all of which flew at the end of August on their migration.

2018 Unring arrived Saturday 31st March. Sadly, KL has not returned this season. Unring is now loosely connected with an unringed female, ‘Longstreak’.

 No 14 our ‘Star’ traveller, hatched 2013, has spent the winter in Bioko. He started his migration this year (2018) on 19th March and is now hunting, but still a bachelor in South Lakes.

Exhibition and viewpoints. 2018 – We are open every day from 10.00 to 17.00 at Dodd Wood viewpoints and Whinlatter Visitor Centre with good views of the four ospreys using the Lake at the moment.

Sadly, we are unable to transport anyone up to the Dodd Viewpoints at this time due to the state of the track following extensive felling and haulage. However, the live screens at Whinlatter are fully accessible for those with mobility issues.

Webstreaming – as we do not have breeding birds this season there is no webcam. Unring does visit the nest for short periods.

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Mystery Blue

 

As the summer has progressed we have been expecting to see other ospreys exploring the area. These will be birds like our No14 who are not yet mated and have not decided upon a nest site. As we know they can fly considerable distances just having a look around. Ospreys are incredibly nosey about other osprey nests – who knows but they could be abandoned, poorly defended or a potential home for the next year, so always worth checking out.

Unring must have been less vigilant than usual because we caught this bird sitting eating a very large fish on the branch beside the nest on Friday 22nd June.

It has a Blue ring on its Left leg so it is probably a Scottish Bird. However, here the trail goes cold. So far, we have not been able to trace the letter/number CA3. There appears to be no record on the internet lists so we are making enquiries through official channels. (It is not a local post code!)

 

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