Since our pair started nesting in 2014 they have succesfully raised 18 chicks- 8 male and 10 females. All our chicks are ringed before they fledge the nest. Sadly not all chicks make it this far: a chick died in the nest in 2016 and in 2020, 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.
|2019||Blue 3N (Known as Biggie)||Female|
|Blue 2N (Known as Tiny)||Male|
|2018||Blue 5N||Male||Sighted overwintering in the Gambia|
|Blue 7N||Male||Spotted wintering in southern Spain|
|Blue N0||Male||May 2020 filmed inspecting an occupied nest in Montogomeryshire WT reserve at Dyfi. See film below|
|2016||Blue V8||Female||Photographed at Leighton Moss in 2019|
|Blue V3||Female||Sighted at Kielder in 2017|
|Blue V4 (Known as Little Chick)||Male|
|Blue 7A||Male||Breeding at Esthwaite since 2017|