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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 10:27 UK time, Thursday, 1 July 2010

We recently announced the exciting news that the third Glaslyn chick had hatched. How time flies? (excuse the pun)

I'm pleased to report that all three chicks are all doing well and were recently ringed.

Qualified ringers from the BTO climbed the 80 foot tree to the nest site and carefully lowered each chick to the ground using ropes and a bag.

Chicks lowered to the ground for ringing in June 2010:

A separate team on the ground quickly ringed the birds before returning them to the nest within the hour.

The operation was quick and painless which is important as the team did not want the chicks or parents getting stressed.

Two of the rings were white with the numbers 92, 93. The other was black with the number 94 so keep an eye out for those in the future.

It's thought that 92 and 93 are both female as they weigh more and have larger wings and that 94 is a male.

Ringing has helped the RSPB to monitor the osprey's progress over the years and we know that at least one Glaslyn chick is now successfully breeding in South West Scotland.

Keep up to date with the RSPB osprey diary.



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