Osprey pair Blue 35 and White YW offspring- update

As we eagerly anticipate the return of our Osprey pair Blue 35 and White YW later this month we thought we would update our summary of all the chicks they have raised together in the last six years

Since our pair started nesting in 2014 they have succesfully raised  16 chicks- 8 male and 8 females.  All our chicks are ringed before they fledge the nest. Sadly not all chicks make it this far:  one other chick died in the nest in 2016 and in 2019 a further egg failed to hatch. 

Ringing chicks enables us to follow their progress as they grow up, nest and start to raise chicks of their own. Indeed one of our first chicks, Blue 7A,  has been breeding at Esthwaite since 2017.  It is fantastic when we get positive news that at least some of our other chicks have survived their first migration too.  See the reported sightings in the table below.

Summary of chicks
Year RingCode/Name Gender Sightings  
2019 Blue 3N (Known as Biggie) Female    
  Blue 2N (Known as Tiny) Male    
2018 Blue 5N Male Sighted overwintering in the Gambia  
  Blue 9N Female    
  Blue 7N Male Spotted wintering in southern Spain  
2017 Blue U9 Male    
  Blue U0 Female    
  Blue N0 Male    
2016 Blue V8 Female Photographed at Leighton Moss in 2019  
  Blue V9 Male    
2015 Blue V2 Female    
  Blue V3 Female Sighted at Kielder in 2017  
  Blue V4 (Known as Little Chick) Male    
2014 Blue 5A Female    
  Blue 6A Female    
  Blue 7A Male Breeding at Esthwaite since 2017  
         
         
         

 

Osprey chicks 2017 at Foulshaw close up

Darren Williams. U0,U9 and N0