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!
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
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.
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?
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!...
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!
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.
***The names have been chosen***
Our eldest male (U8) is:
Chosen by Jan Malosti from the Wordsworth poem
Our youngest male (U6) is:
Chosen by Vivien Kent and an unnamed person from Whinlatter
And our female (U7) is:
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.