Osprey returns 'home' to lay eggs

Birdwatchers at Bassenthwaite

Birdwatchers at Bassenthwaite

First published in News

ALL eyes are on the Bassenthwaite osprey after three of her eggs were confirmed.

Visitors at Whinlatter watched on television screens as KL, the ringed female, laid her first egg at Bassenthwaite on April 23.

Fran Currie, of the Lake District Osprey Project, said: “When KL returned to Bassenthwaite this year, we had high hopes for the arrival of some eggs, after she successfully mated with an unringed male last season.

“We believe it is the same unringed male which has returned this year too, as he has similar markings and behaviour – so it’s fantastic they have both come back as ospreys are not always guaranteed to return to the same site.”

KL had another two eggs confirmed on April 26 and 29.

Ms Currie added that last year she laid two eggs, which is not uncommon for a first year of breeding, but to have three confirmed already is a ‘great start to the season’.

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