I must take a pass on sharing my War of 1812 research. Over a month ago I blogged about a pair of eagles on their nest of two eggs. Then we had snow on the first day of spring. How were the eagles faring?
Yes, you see an eagle head.
This picture might give you a clue. They were keeping those eggs warm. (An authority answered worried watchers, “Notice the snow doesn’t melt over the parent. That means his or her feathers are keeping the body well insulated.”)
Now, this morning our paper had the news—the first egg had hatched! By the time I sat down at my computer to write this blog, the second egg had hatched and the first eaglet had already had its first meal. Fish bits, yum, yum. Mamma (or Papa) had to keep trying to connect with the tiny wobbling beak.
Here’s some interesting articles to read and videos to watch: Article in this morning’s newspaper. Video-first egg hatches. Video-second egg hatches. A first meal.
The temperature is about to hit zero in my part of Pennsylvania. Who knew it is eagle nesting time? Not me, until I noticed an article about a nearby eagle nest with an eagle cam mounted to see all the eagle’s intimate moments. Laying egg one? Got that. Egg two? You bet. I just checked the eagle cam and saw one of the eagles standing by, watching the eggs, before she (or he—they take turns) settled back down.
I also learned a little bit about eagles and their eggs. Cold as it is, it evidently doesn’t hurt the eggs to be uncovered for ten or so minutes. In fact, that keeps them from being overheated. Another fact—it takes thirty-five days for an egg to hatch.
Here’s a few links to follow our local eagles, named Liberty and Freedom by newspaper readers. That’s unofficial, since the Pennsylvania Game Commission, whose camera is livestreaming these eagles and their nest, does not “personify wildlife.” (I should imagine the eagles are unaware of these names as well.)
The Valentine’s Day love story.
The first egg. The second egg.
And, since every story should have a bit of controversy—were the eagles scared off the nest?
And here’s the eagle cam, so you can watch at any time. Plan on viewing on March 21, the estimated time for the first hatching.
Are there any eagle cams near you? Are there any other animals watched by camera?