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Spotted! Male Glaslyn Osprey makes a surprise early return

Last modified: 18 March 2011

Adult male osprey perched in early morning sunlight, Scotland

Male Osprey Returns to Glaslyn for Eighth Year.

On Thursday 17 March at 7.00am the male osprey was spotted, making a return to his usual haunt, at the nest site, of Glaslyn valley near Pont Croesor in Porthmadog.

Geraint Williams, Osprey Project Officer said: “The ospreys spend every winter in West Africa and travel thousands of miles to return to Glaslyn every year to breed and raise their chicks.”

He adds: “We had a surprise this year when the male decided to make an early appearance and were  all very excited when the spotting was confirmed. The visitor viewing site is open from Monday (March 21st), and all the staff and volunteers are looking forward to yet another wonderful season.”

Life can be tricky for a young osprey, especially with the long journeys they have to make. Ringing the birds helps to monitor their progress on these long journeys, and we now know that one of the chicks from 2006 has now started his own family in Scotland!

The site has a live video link from the nest feeding into a TV screen in the visitor centre. This allows visitors to see flap-by-flap footage of the osprey family and can be viewed online via the following link http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northwest/sites/webcams/pages/ospreys.shtml

The viewing scheme is open to the public every day from 10 am until 6 pm until the end of August and is free of charge to all. Details can also be found on the RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature and there will be regular updates about the birds on the Glaslyn osprey blog at http://blogs.rspb.org.uk/glaslynospreys as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

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