Harmar Bald Eagle Nest Cam

 

Latest News

This year the first egg was laid on February 27.  Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania confirmed an eaglet hatch at the Harmar Bald Eagles’ nest on April 5.

Last Year

6/15/16:  The Harmar chicks are about nine weeks old now--they likely will fledge within the next two or three weeks.  The Hays eagles fledged on June 10 and 11.

4/30/16:  There are two chicks in the Harmar nest now!  One hatched on 4/14; the second on 4/17--almost a month after the Hays eaglets hatched!

3/10/16:  The Harmar female finally laid her first egg late yesterday afternoon (March 9).  The next egg should follow within three days (or by Saturday afternoon, March 12)

Background

2016 is the first year for a nest cam at the Harmar Bald Eagle nest.  This pair took over and enlarged a Red-tailed Hawk nest in a sycamore tree overlooking Freeport Rd. and Route 28.  Their nesting history is a year behind that of the Hays pair, because aggression by the Red-tailed Hawks interfered with the eagles' ability to nest in the first season they were together at this site.  Like the Hays pair, the Harmar pair is made up of one older and one younger bird.  In Hays the female is the younger bird; here at Harmar the male is the younger of the pair.  We know this because the younger birds showed faint traces of subadult plumage in their first year at their respective nest sites, while their mates had the completely white head and tail characteristic of birds at least one year older.

NOTE:  This live eagle video feed has been granted a special education permit by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the agency responsible for the welfare of all of Pennsylvania’s protected wild bird and mammal species.  The National Aviary appreciates the combined efforts of the Game Commission, PixController, and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania in providing all of us with the rare opportunity to follow the eagles’ nesting progress from egg-laying to hatching to chick rearing, and, we all hope, successful fledging.