OSPREYS & GOLDEN
EAGLES IN THE LAKES
In 2014...One of the 2014 Cumbrian osprey checks was helped by Cockermouth's
Millcroft Vets .The chick
decided to take the brave step and follow his brother in launching himself
from the Bassenthwaite nest site into the skies. Sadly, his wings weren't
quite up to the job and he made a somewhat bumpy landing. He was rescued
by a local farmer and the Cockermouth vets also helped the chick recover.
As the chick would not have been strong enough for the annual migration
across North Africa it is being looked after Scottish SPCA's Wildlife
Centre in Clackmannanshire.
The fact that in 2013 there were four pairs of Osprey in the Lake District
bodes well for the future and there are plans for a second Osprey viewing
female returns in 2014
In 2013 season...Two chicks were raised...Thanks to GPS ringing of the
young birds their amazing migrations can be viewed from satelitte readings.
In 2013 the male chick reached Cherbourg on its first day flying south
from Cumbria. It later that month (September) flew at 1596m at a speed
of 57kph, to cover over a thousand miles to cross the Sahara desert..
It safely reached a lake region of Ghana in West Africa. The female young
Osprey unfortunately hit a sandstorm and failed to get safely across the
One chick was reared by an Osprey pair at the nest site overlooking Bassenthwaite
but other Osprey have come to other secret locations in Cumbria this year
and reared chicks. The latest bird, tagged electronically flew south but
the transmissions died in Spain and a question mark hangs over the bird's
The Ospreys returned this year and moved to a new nest location at Bassenthwaite.
Experts say that it is unusual for a pair of ospreys to move in this way,
as a well-established nest is often used by many generations of ospreys,
with some nests known to have been in use for more than 100 years. It
is thought the arrival of an extra female may have caused the move. Meanwhile
one of the Bassenthwaite osprey chicks from a previous season has now
arrived at Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve, near Carnforth.
The Lake District Osprey Project team
are celebrating the arrival of this year's first osprey chicks (May 24
2009)at the nest on the east side of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick.
The proud osprey parents are now busy nurturing two young birds. The
female osprey is known to have laid three eggs but, as they were laid
several days apart and will hatch at different times, it will be some
time before the project team know exactly how many have hatched.
There is a public viewing area at Dodd
Wood on the Carlisle road north of Keswick. The Osprey watch is a booming
tourism 'hot spot' Find out more at http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk/
2007...Both a male and female Osprey have returned to
Bass in late April 2007....Forestry Commission wildlife rangers are starting
work on an undercover mission to attract more Ospreys to new locations
A number of potential new breeding sites have been identified
at secret locations around the county and will undergo a dramatic face-lift
in the coming weeks to offer more ospreys a variety of attractive and
secluded nest sites. Further information on the Lake District Osprey Project
is available at www.ospreywatch.co.uk
2006....Three chicks have hatched out
in the osprey nest at Bassenthwaite over the Bank Holiday Weekend, a delighted
Lake District Osprey Project team announced today (Tuesday 30 May 2006).
Its the first time that three eggs have successfully hatched in
the nest since the birds arrived to nest in Cumbria in 2001.
The first two chicks hatched
out within a few hours of each other on Friday night and Saturday
morning, the third chick hatched out on Monday afternoon. The
ospreys have hatched out twins in 2002 and 2005, but until today
they have never had triplets!
In 2001 the sea eagles or Ospreys
successfull reared a chick for the first time in England for
150 years. July 2005 One of two recently-hatched osprey chicks
has taken its first flight from a pine tree nest in the Lake
The youngster's maiden flight took place on Friday afternoon
and was watched by visitors at the Osprey Viewpoint at Dodd Wood,
In July 2004 the Lake District's latest osprey chick has taken
to the air. The chick, which was hatched in the nesting site
near Keswick earlier this summer, is the latest addition to this
The ospreys are drawing the crowds to Cumbria and an estimated 23,000
visits have already been made to the Viewpoint at Dodd Wood. Around 40,000
visits have also been made to the Forestry Commission's Whinlatter Visitor
Centre where in a "Big Brother"-style operation, a nest cam.
is beaming back pictures to tv screens.
It was in 1998 that the Forestry Commission
erected nesting platforms after the birds had been seen summering around
Bassenthwaite Lake. Once it was seen that the birds were incubating eggs
a 24 hour watch was kept using staff from the Lake District Planning Authority,
Forestry Commission and RSPB. Even the local police helped in being ready
to deter egg collectors. The birds successfully hatched. The subsequent
arrival of hundreds of twitchers ( or bird enthusiasts) to see them feeding
in the Lake was a boost to tourism
The public viewing area is near the Dodds
Wood centre, two miles north of Keswick. Parking is £2 and the view
point has high powered binoculars..but be warned the birds nest is over
a mile away across Bassenthwaite.
Further east in the Lakes England's only nesting golden eagles have failed
to breed in 2002 The five-month breeding season for the golden eagles
which nest near Haweswater came to an end in September. A pair have been
nesting at the remote Haweswater Reserve since 1969. This year (2002)
did see arrival of a new male to join the female who has been in the rocky
Riggindale valley, Haweswater since 1982. The last successful hatching
was in 1996.