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Old Tuesday 10th April 2018, 03:59   #1
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Bassenthwaite Ospreys 2018

The 2018 season began on Good Friday, 30th March, when the Observation Points in Dodd Wood and the Osprey display room at the Whinlatter Visitor Centre were opened. The unringed male Osprey, has returned, but there is no sign of the female, ringed White KL, his partner for the last 5 years. There are 2 unringed females, which have been observed fighting, and Unring has been mating with one of them.

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Old Sunday 15th April 2018, 22:47   #2
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I've been keeping a record of the happenings at Bassenthwaite on the Opus page. Here's what has been going on:
  • 5th April: A 2nd unringed female has appeared at the nest and a fight between the 2 females broke out! Still no sign of KL, who was Unring's partner for 5 years.
  • 8th April: There is now only one female, first seen on 3rd April.
  • 9th April: There was another Osprey visitor to the nest and this one had a blue ring on the left leg, indicating that it was a Scottish bird. The Osprey team were unable to read the letters/numbers on the ring while this bird explored the nest, then flew off heading north. Latest news of No 14 - he has reached Le Toquet, in northern France, ready to cross The Channel.
  • 15th April: No 14 has crossed the English Channel near its narrowest point, crossed Kent, the Thames and continued northwest into Leicestershire. When he reached Leicester, he turned and headed southwest to the Cotswolds! At Bassenthwaite there is still no sign of KL and the other affair between Unring and the new female is still more off than on!
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Old Friday 4th May 2018, 19:38   #3
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Here is my latest post on the Bassenthwaite Opus page:

*'''2nd May:''' There has been no news about the Bassenthwaite nest from the OspreyWatch team for almost 2 weeks, so it really looks like KL is not returning and Unring has not paired up with another female that was around till mid-April. Meanwhile, No 14 reached the southern Lake District on 22nd April, spent some time around Windermere, then headed north to visit the Rivers Eden and Eamont in the Whins Pond area. Then to everyone’s surprise, on the 26th April, his transmitter sent a signal from Malham Tarn, in the North Lancashire/Yorkshire area!

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Latest news from the OspreyWatch Team:

8th May: A young female Osprey arrived at the nest on 6th May and is still there on the 8th!

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Having heard nothing about the new female for a week, I contacted the OspreyWatch Team and got the following news:

The unringed female Osprey is still around, but she is young and flighty, and will move away from the nest for varying periods of time. It is hoped that she will bond with Unring and that there may be eggs soon.

If and when there are eggs, they will turn the camera on.
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