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First chick hatches in Dunedin osprey nest

DUNEDIN — The first of three eggs in a Dunedin osprey nest hatched Tuesday morning under the watch of a Web camera.

Two birds have been nesting in a perch along Dunedin Stirling Links golf course, above the Pinellas Trail.

A photo and videos are posted online at DunedinOspreyCam.org. Viewers from as far as Finland documented the hatching. One video shows the female dragging an empty shell out of the way.

The Dunedin program started three years ago, but last year the camera failed. Barbara Walker of the Clearwater Audubon Society applied for a Progress Energy grant, which paid for a new one.

Patty Ryan can be reached at (813) 226-3382 or pryan@tampabay.com.

First chick hatches in Dunedin osprey nest 03/27/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 3:10pm]
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