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No place like home for Glaslyn ospreys

The only known breeding pair of osprey in Wales has returned to their nest site in Snowdonia for the seventh consecutive year. On Monday 22 March the male osprey was sighted in a field adjacent to the nest site eating a large fish, while the female arrived a day later and was spotted on Tuesday 23 March at 7am.

The new-look RSPB Osprey centre at Pont Croesor opened at the weekend to allow visitors to view the birds. Once again, after spending the winter months in West Africa, the two birds have travelled thousands of miles to return to Glaslyn to breed and raise chicks, arriving within a day of each other despite possibly not seeing each other since leaving Glaslyn in September last year. The pair have also arrived on virtually the same date as previous years, despite recent extreme weather in western Europe.

The ospreys raised three chicks in 2009 - Glaslyn, Glesni and Gwenlli - and these will stay in Africa for the next few years. Last year, one of the Glaslyn chicks from 2006 returned to the UK and started his own family in Scotland.

The viewing site at Pont Croesor is open to the public every day from 10am to 6pm until the end of August and is free for everybody. Details can be found on the RSPB Date with Nature site.

Alternatively, you can keep track of the osprey family with the BBC webcam or follow the osprey news on the RSPB blog. The ospreys also have their own dedicated Twitter feed @GlaslynOsprey.

This year the site is easier to acces than ever, with the extended section of the Welsh Highland Railway terminating at Pont Croesor from late May and a new 197 weekday bus service operating from Porthmadog to Pont Croesor over the summer.