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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 May, 2005, 18:43 GMT 19:43 UK
Triplet surprise for Lake ospreys
It is hoped all three eggs will successfully hatch
Bird watchers are delighted after a third egg was laid by the female Lake District osprey.

Round-the-clock protection is being provided for the birds at Wythop Wood, overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, by the Lake District Osprey Project.

The female is now incubating the eggs, alongside the two she laid last month, and if all goes well they will hatch some time next month.

Since 2001, the pair have brought up a total of five chicks.

RSPB North of England information officer David Hirst confirmed the latest arrival.

He said the female bird had been building up the nest in recent days, making it difficult for the Osprey Project team to see the new egg, which was eventually spotted earlier this week.

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