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Hoorah ! The website is up and running again. http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk/wordpress/ So we can all keep up with the blog, watch the live stream off the nest, and enjoy moments like these.
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We always get a bit nostalgic at this stage in the project. We have watched these chicks for their whole lives so far, and we may never find out what will happen to these wonderful birds! We also never know when the last time we will see them will be. Unfortunately they don't wave goodbye before they start on their migration! KL hasn't been seen in about 3 weeks now, U8 hasn't been seen for 2 weeks, U6 hasn't been seen since Friday, and U7 wasn't seen today. Today we only saw one ospley(Unring) all day. This doesn't mean that the others have left the area totally but it's likely they have all made some start on their migration even if it's only a small step!
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Mark Bomber Harris
· August 10, 2017
Very knowledgeable staff, recommend the walk to the upper view deck, spotted the ospreys, red deer and marsh harriers.
Holly Peek
· July 6, 2016
I've decided to give the osprey look out in Dodd wood 5 stars, not due to the fact that we had amazing sightings of both osprey and red squirrel but because of a man working there called lewis. Don't ...get me wrong I was over the moon with seeing both of these wonderful creatures however lewis' knowledge, enthusiasm and friendliness is what really impressed me. He's a credit to you and it's people like him that make wildlife experiences all the more special to people. And of course Dodd wood is a beautiful part of the world with cracking wildlife. See More
An Govers
· July 20, 2017
This is an amazing place. We came all the way from the Netherlands to see the osprey. And there he or she was, sitting in a tree. Thank you for the explanation, the volunteers were very friendly . The... views were wonderful. See More
Diane Carter
· April 10, 2017
All round excellent team, from the volunteers at the viewpoints on Dodd, to Barbara and Co at Winlatter Visitor Centre. If you are in the Lake District, and are interested in wildlife, a visit to both... places is a must. Love the new camera shots. Fingers crossed for another successful year for 'our' birds! See More
Jan Parker-Jarvis
· June 9, 2016
Had a wonderful visit today you took such wonderful care of my Mom, my hubby and me. Nothing was too much trouble from the time you picked us up the knowledge of the two lovely ladies who chauffeured ...us you are a real credit. Thank you See More
Bob Cotton
· April 27, 2017
I have to say these people through all weathers, thick and thin are a credit to their cause. Well done and keep up the sterling work.
Sam Redfern Summers
· July 2, 2017
Fabulous place . People where lovely. And very educational
Susanna Allen
· August 28, 2016
Really enjoyed our visit and amazing to see two beautiful osprey. Thank you to the ladies at both viewpoints for the help given.
Maria Wright
· May 14, 2017
Fantastic dedication from this lovely team. Always willing to explain what is happening and why. Informative and interesting. Keep up the good work. Thank you.
Trevor Wilkinson
· June 5, 2016
Great to see such amazing birds, shame about the two chicks. Let's hope the remaining chick makes it to adulthood
Lewis Wilde
· March 22, 2017
Hope it all goes well for your Ospreys this year.
Joan Helen Tweddle
· April 2, 2017
Amazing. Very knowledgeable and friendly folk at both the viewpoints
Michael Robinson
· April 24, 2017
Very good, really enjoyed our visit.Hope the birds are safe.
Alison Cotton
· April 27, 2017
Brilliant - the volunteers are so knowledgeable and helpful.
Barrie Brass
· January 6, 2017
Friendly helpful RSPB volunteers the information on each bird interesting
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I hope everyone had a great Christmas Day yesterday. Everyone here at LDOP wish you all a happy New Year. 🍾🍾
Only a few months now until the migration north begins. #excitedallready🤗

We always get a bit nostalgic at this stage in the project. We have watched these chicks for their whole lives so far, and we may never find out what will happen to these wonderful birds! We also never know when the last time we will see them will be. Unfortunately they don't wave goodbye before they start on their migration! KL hasn't been seen in about 3 weeks now, U8 hasn't been seen for 2 weeks, U6 hasn't been seen since Friday, and U7 wasn't seen today. Today we only saw one ospley(Unring) all day. This doesn't mean that the others have left the area totally but it's likely they have all made some start on their migration even if it's only a small step!

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And here is Ulysses!

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Both Elter (U7) and Ulysses (U6) are still around and kindly presenting their right legs so we can identify them! Lots of asking for fish by Elter at the moment.

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Less than a week left of the viewpoints at Dodd being open! The last day will be Wednesday the 30th of August, so make sure you come and visit the ospreys before then! Or just come and see all the other wildlife in the woods!

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Whinlatter added 4 new photos.

Wood wasps are one of the forests' hidden superstars....for anyone that has ever seen or heard one, you will know. They are over 40mm long, and look the most f...erocious things on the planet, but they are rare, beautiful and totally harmless creatures, and to experience one is a real delight. They love conifer forests, and they love Whinlatter. One of our Rangers took these photos today of a female laying her eggs in a larch log...quite amazing

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So yesterday we got to confirm that at least Elter (U7), Ulysses (U6) and the male are still around in this video. The male still appears to be feeding the chicks with a lovely sized fish!

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We hadn't seen our female white KL for 10 days and yesterday she popped onto the nest with another trout and passed it over to one of our juveniles.

The juveniles at this point seem to be spoilt rotten with fish, with both our adults and the stranger pair of osprey feeding them.

In this image KL is on the right of the nest, her ring is just barely distinguishable.

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This video shows an osprey who is neither our female KL or our unringed male, acting as a "surrogate" to one of our juveniles by bringing a juicy trout onto the nest- and getting rather comfy with the nest site itself. Redecorating perhaps?

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Artegal (U8) taking a nap after tearing through a sizeable rainbow trout on Monday. Trout seems to be the catch of the week at the bassenthwaite nest!

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A slow worm shedding it's skin at the upper viewpoint!

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So we had something very interesting happen 2 days ago! We had 2 lovely fish come on to the nest that the chicks happily devoured, but when we looked closely it wasn't KL or unring that brought them in!

You can see in the photos bellow an adult bird with a blue 2H ring, and an adult bird with no ring, and markings that are different to our male!

So this means an adult pair were feeding our chicks that as far as we know aren't related to them!

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We have found out that blue 2H is a bird from Kielder that hatched in 2012 and appeared to be a male.

It's all very exciting and quite a surprise for us!

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Here are just some of the views we are getting daily at the Dodd wood viewpoints as the ospreys perch in trees nearer to us.

There has been lots of action from the juvenile ospreys, we have seen acrobatic flying, many attempts at fishing which often ends with them hurling themselves into the water, and chasing off any other birds that also call the lake home.

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KL, Artegal, Ulysses and Elter

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***The names have been chosen***

Our eldest male (U8) is:
Artegal
Chosen by Jan Malosti from the Wordsworth poem

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Our youngest male (U6) is:
Ulysses
Chosen by Vivien Kent and an unnamed person from Whinlatter

And our female (U7) is:
Elter
Chosen by Sue Convey

It was a really difficult task with so many great names, so that you all for your suggestions! It is great how much thought everyone put in and we hope you all like the names.

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