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  1. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    Some worrying news about this year's female offspring, Bega - the OspreyWatch team have had no signals from her satellite tracker since 18th October when she reached Guinea. See Facebook updates Meanwhile, White 14 has settled into his winter roost on the island of Bioko.
  2. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    The latest satellite tracker updates on Bega and White 14, show that they have both reached their wintering grounds. White 14 has returned to the island of Bioko, south of Nigeria and Bega is now in West Africa on the Guinea/Bissau-Guinea border. Check out the Facebook page for maps...
  3. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    White 14 has now left on his migration, so 2 maps of the 2 Ospreys' progress are now on the LDOP Facebook page.
  4. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    This year's chick, Bega, left Bassenthwaite on Sunday, 4th September and moved down to the South Lakes area, where she stayed around the Millom area until the 7th, when she flew south over Morecambe Bay. On 8th September she passed over Manchester; Saturday, 10th she was west of Leicester and on...
  5. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    The female Osprey, KL left for Africa about 2 weeks ago, but the father, Unring, and this year's chick, Bega, are still there. Monday, 29th August (Bank Holiday) is the last day that the viewpoints will be manned, but visitors can still go to the viewpoints and use their own binoculars and...
  6. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    They also said she is the heaviest chick for her age in the history of the Bassenthwaite Ospreys - obviously due to the lack of competition in the nest!
  7. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    The young Osprey is now almost 4 weeks old and doing very well, as there is no competiion for the fish being brought in by its parents. Meanwhile, White 14, KL's son from the 2013 nest, is wandering around the Lakes and the Eden Valley, according to his satellite tracker! For instance, here is...
  8. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    The Osprey chick is now 2 weeks old and doing very well since there is no competition for the food!
  9. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    This morning, 25th May, the OspreyWatch team reported that the remaining chick, the first one to hatch, was still in the nest. Let's hope that the parents can keep it safe. More information on their website: http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk/wordpress/?page_id=60
  10. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    Very sad news from the nest - Monday 23rd May The 3rd chick hatched overnight but at 8:20 this morning, was snatched from the nest by a Magpie when KL was leaving and Unring was not near enough to do anything to stop it. Unfortunately the Magpies hung around all day harassing the parent...
  11. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    The second chick hatched today!
  12. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    The first chicked hatched successfully. Go to the Facebook page to see a video: https://www.facebook.com/ospreywatch
  13. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    Today, 18th May is the day that the first laid egg should start hatching! The Osprey watchers were able to see a small hole in that egg when KL moved off the nest for a moment, so hopefully by the morning of Thursday, 19th May we will have the first chick hatched, successfully. Check out the...
  14. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    Anyone wanting more details of the Osprey Watch site at Bassenthwaite and the Whinlatter Visitor Centre, please check out the Bassenthwaite Lake page in BirdForum's Opus section.
  15. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    The 3rd egg was laid at 11:35 am on Sunday, 17th April! See the OspreyWatch news for more details.
  16. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    Good write-up about Number 14's flight across the Mediterranean here, today: http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk/wordpress/?page_id=60
  17. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    Second egg seen this morning. White 14 has crossed the Med and is over Italy, near Genoa.
  18. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    Great news: KL laid her first egg on 12th April. And White 14, KL & Unring's chick from 2013, has left his wintering grounds on Bioko and is heading north right across the Sahara. It looks as though he is aiming for Tunisia, as he did last year, before crossing the Mediterranean.
  19. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    Here's a link to the OspreyWatch website. There is also a Facebook page, which anyone can access. You don't have to be on Facebook yourself. There is no 2016 news there yet!
  20. HelenB

    Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2016

    The 2016 season begins on Saturday, 26th March - Easter weekend. Number 14, from the 2013 season, has spent the winter again on the island of Bioko, south of Nigeria. The tracker on last year's chick, VO, sadly stopped working in December 2015, either due to a malfunction or the death of the...
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