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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 10:51 GMT 11:51 UK
Triplet success for Lakes ospreys
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Birdwatchers in the Lake District are celebrating after seeing three osprey eggs hatch in the area for the first time since the nest arrived in 2001.

The osprey nest at Bassenthwaite in Cumbria saw the first two chicks hatch on Friday night and Saturday morning.

The third chick arrived on Monday afternoon to the delight of the Lake District Osprey Project team.

The ospreys have hatched out twins in previous years but have never had triplets until now.

The osprey pair, known as GreenXS and NoRing, returned to the Lake District in the first week of April and quickly settled down to breed.

'Nerve-racking days'

It is estimated that the first chick arrived at around 2300 BST on Friday and wardens watching the nest via security cameras saw it for the first time at dawn on Saturday morning. The second bird hatched at 0750 BST the same day.

The team were surprised that the first two eggs hatched out within only a few hours of each other as it usually happens at least a day apart. When the third egg hatched at 1800 BST on Monday, they were amazed.

Nathan Fox, of the Osprey Project team, said: "We are absolutely delighted that for the first time these special birds have three chicks in the nest."

Peter Davies, who was monitoring the nest, added: "It's been quite a nerve-racking few days and my heart was in my mouth as we watched the second and third chicks struggle to break out of their eggs.

"We are now just hoping all three chicks pull through and the next few days will be critical."

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