Osprey chicks tagged, given clean bill of health

Tony Lightley from the Forestry Commission tags the three osprety chicks. Picture: Neil Hanna

Tony Lightley from the Forestry Commission tags the three osprety chicks. Picture: Neil Hanna

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Three osprey chicks were given a clean bill of health yesterday as they were fitted with tags that will track their progress around the world.

The female chicks were born to a breeding pair in the Glentress Forest area of the Borders 40 days ago.

Tony Lightley from the Forestry Commission tags one of the 40-day-old osprey chicks. Picture: Neil Hanna

Tony Lightley from the Forestry Commission tags one of the 40-day-old osprey chicks. Picture: Neil Hanna

Yesterday, conservation experts took them out of their nest to give them a health check, weigh them and fit identification rings to their legs.

The numbered rings will be used to let birdwatchers track them when they migrate to Africa in the winter and report any sightings back to the Forestry Commission.

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