The chough chicks at Llechwedd Slate Caverns were ringed earlier this month by a crack team of rock climbers and licensed birds ringers. Ringing took place at the nest and was done as quickly as possible to avoid any unnecessary distress to the chicks.
Ringing birds is important as it helps us to monitor their progress and habits, and gives an indication of where they migrate to over the winter. Sadly, only about one in every 50 birds ringed are ever subsequently found and reported, so every report of a ringed bird is of value.
The ringing system used for chough is a combination of a metal ring, plus a plastic one with a number and a letter on it placed round one leg. The other leg gets two coloured plastic rings, which makes identifying the birds from a distance easier. We also now know that all three of our chicks are girls - this (according to most visitors) explains why they’re so noisy! The chicks are doing very well and growing at a phenomenal rate, it's getting difficult to distinguish the chicks from the parents.
We'll be at the viewpoint until 17 July, so come and see us while you can.
With the telescopes packed away for another year, we take a look at how the peregrines of Chichester Cathedral got on.
With more visitors than ever joining us in Paradise Garden, the peregrines didn't disappoint.
All four eggs hatched, and with three girls and a boy all jostling for food, mum and dad were kept very busy - often both feeding the chicks at the same time, which is something we'd not seen them do before.
As well as beaming live images from the nest to screens at our viewpoint, the chicks even became stars of the small screen. Springwatch came to film the chicks' first flights, and our 10-year-old volunteer, Dan, was on the Paul O'Grady Show to talk about them.
Big thanks to everyone who came to see the peregrines (and us) - we hope you enjoyed watching them as much as we did.
Ospreys are breeding in Northumberland, and thanks to the Kielder Partnership (with help from the RSPB and Northumberland Wildlife Trust) you can come and see them.
Visit the viewpoint at the Mounces Forestry Commission car park, off the C200 just west of Leaplish Waterside Park anytime until Monday 27 July.
To protect the ospreys, the viewpoint is two miles from the nest, so close views into it are not possible. But don't worry, you'll still get to see the ospreys as volunteers will be on hand every Friday-Sunday with telescopes.
If you visit the viewpoint on a weekend, please park at Leaplish Waterside Park and take the Osprey shuttle bus to and from the viewpoint. It gets very congested otherwise!
Check out Visit Kielder, or phone us on 0191 233 4300 for further info.
Thanks to Northumbrian Water for providing the telescopes, and also Northumberland National Park who have part-funded the viewing facilities.