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The Welsh Osprey population reached another milestone again this year, With the four breeding pairs of Ospreys producing eleven chicks, one more than 2014, and with lots more young birds seen at other nests, the next two to three years are going to be exciting times for the group. Of particular interest is how many nests have been visited by birds which we can identify through the darvic rings,

B/M nest site
The nest at this site is really doing well, The chicks at this nest: two females and a male, very big and healthy birds, the Darvic ring numbers, Blue W4 female, weight 1.83kg, Blue W5 female: 1.90kg, Blue W6 male: 1.57kg, rung by Friends of the Ospreys, under the supervision of Tony Cross, from Ruffled feathers ( Mid Wales Ringers ), who we would like to thank once again.

Blue 24
Blue 24, an Osprey on one of the nests in mid Wales, Managed to lay eggs but was unsuccessful, she mated with a bird from another nest nearby but could only manage 6 days of incubation , She then had to leave the nest to feed herself, the male bird that she mated with had his own nest, with eggs that was expecting to hatch any day, It will happen for this great bird one day, maybe next year. The pull to this nest is the male bird nearby who she knows has been successful in breeding. Clearly she is really hoping she can muscle in on that nest, being exactly what she did before that female arrived and the moment she left on migration!

We also had a bird on a nest in the Glaslyn valley, a young bird 5F, From the Rutland Water Project, she spent long periods of time at the nest, occasionally seen with a mate, so the future is really positive for the local nests, and hopefully we will see her back next year with a mate,

CU2 ( Jimmy )
There was a set back with a young bird from Scotland , CU2, now known as Jimmy, Jimmy had been in the Glaslyn valley for a while prospecting for a nest of his own,and had not long moved 25 miles northeast to Hiraeth ( Denbigh ) moor area when he was found dead below a transformer on an electricity pole near Pentrefoelas, tragically electrocuted , Friends of the Ospreys are working together with the local electricity company, Scottish Power and others in a joint project set up by Operation Jimmy: (click here to read more)

We have approved sites with land owners, are are putting up three nests in this area for birds just like Jimmy. This will give them several save alternatives to electricity poles in a tree barren landscape.
The future for Welsh Ospreys is looking very positive with each passing season, We still need to carry on the work that we do, until there is a positive number of birds, We are currently looking at putting up six more nests, in North and mid Wales, in the next few months, We are also looking at creating a Facebook page, maybe in time for next years season.

The nest on the Glaslyn, finally produced two chicks, after a very slow start, With the resident male not returning this year. 11/98 a bird from the translocation project in Rutland had been the established male at this nest since 2002. Unfortunately this iconic bird never returned this year. The female did manage to attract a mate and had a first good season with him, Producing two chicks. You can follow this story on their website, at BGGW Glaslyn Wildlife, and what a story! Friends of the Ospreys also rung the two chicks, under the supervision of Adrianne Stratford, and Kelvin Jones (BTO Cymru) 4R female and W0 a male, Friends of the Ospreys would also like to thank Tony Ashton and Vivien Finn, and all the team from BGGW, for giving us the chance to ring at this iconic nest.

Returning Birds
The figures that young birds return is on the increase in the UK, In 2004 the return rate was 20%, and in 2014 it is 24%, With the rate young birds are returning, the Welsh Osprey population could increase by a new breeding nest every year from now on, and with lots of nests up already, we could soon have a viable population. The group will need more nests up further afield to accommodate these young birds, as the population increases

Darren Moore

August bank holiday brought us a big surprise, the return of the first chick, That fledged from the B/M nest site in 2012, 2C was seen at the Glaslyn nest, making a nuisance of him self, The adult female didn't like him that close to the nest, he was perched in a tree not to far away from the nest, Looking forward to his return in the spring of 2015

What a fantastic year it's been for the welsh Osprey population. 2014 seen another breeding pair of ospreys set up home here in mid Wales, making a total of four breeding pairs of Ospreys in the whole of Wales, between them produced ten chicks.
With lots more birds around this year, friends of the Ospreys also had lots of nests visited by young birds, two of the nests also had a pair of young Ospreys, so hopefully next year we could have even more breeding pairs.

Blue 24 had a very interesting year, one of the first Ospreys back this year, a very determined and strong bird with good genes. She did start to settle down on the Dyfi nest with Monty, it all looked good for her, for a few days, then blue12 turned up, (the resident female), blue 24 was chased off the nest, and settled in a nest near by. Monty was also seen many a times at the nest for three or four weeks, until the chicks had hatched on his own nest, Blue 24,did find herself a mate, but by this time, it was to late in the season for them to breed, they've been together for a few weeks now, so let's hope that next year, she can settle down, and have her own family.

Friends of the Ospreys breeding pair produced three chicks this year two females and one male,all good weights and very healthy, one of the female chicks weighed in at a whopping 1830g the heaviest chick weighed in Wales to date. Darvic rings numbers, the females Blue 4C and Blue 9R and the male Blue 0R, and again we would like to thank Tony Cross, from mid wales ringers, for ringing the chicks.

Friends of the Ospreys also rebuilt the nest on the BGGW, site (Glaslyn wildlife),who have taken over the site, from RSPB, We would like to wish Tony and Viv and all involved good luck for the future. This nest also produced three chicks this year, We put in a big perch on the nest, and the pictures that you can find on their Facebook page are some of the best you'll find.
The future for Welsh Ospreys is looking very positive with each passing season, We still need to carry on the work that we do, until there is a positive number of birds, We are currently looking at putting up six more nests, in North and mid Wales, in the next few months, We are also looking at creating a Facebook page, maybe in time for next years season.

Darren Moore

The friends of the ospreys would like to announce that 2013 was a good year for welsh ospreys. with the breeding pair producing two chicks both female and good weight, blue darvic's, 7R and 8R. There were a lot more ospreys in the local nests, including blue 24 from the rutland osprey project, maybe next year we could be looking at four or even five breeding pairs of ospreys in wales next year, we also had a visit from Roy Dennis MBE in conservation, and Rodger Lovegrove, RSPB director for wales for 27 years, and could not believe how many ospreys we seen that day. the future is looking very positive for welsh ospreys.

Darren Moore

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