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Double chick joy for osprey pair
Ospreys
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Birdwatchers are celebrating after two eggs laid by the famous Lake District ospreys hatched within hours of each other.

Wardens monitoring the nest at Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria are now hoping a third egg will also hatch over the next few days.

The birds have been visiting the same site every year since 2001 and generate high levels of interest from tourists.

It is estimated they brought at least 2m into the local economy last year.

Peter Davies, of the Lake District Osprey Project, said: "We were alrady delighted at seeing one chick in the nest at first light, and I couldn't believe it when a second egg started to hatch.

"My heart was in my mouth as we watched the tiny chick struggling to break out of the egg. "This is quite extraordinary because there is usually a full day between hatching - I've never heard of anything like this happening before."


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