Hays Bald Eagle Nest Cam


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On February 12, storms and high winds destroyed this pair’s nest. The nest contained an egg that had been laid on February 10. Normally eagles lay two or sometimes three eggs in a clutch, and the eggs are laid three days apart.  So, observers had been expecting the next egg to be laid the day after the storm destroyed the nest tree.

Incredibly, just a week later, on February 19, we believe from her behavior that the female laid an egg in a new nest that she and her mate constructed from scratch about 100 feet away from where the old nest had been.  This marked the first time an eagle pair has been known to build a new nest and lay an egg in it so soon after the loss of a nest and egg.  Their behavior indicates that they have laid at least one egg in this new nest, but we won't know until after hatching whether or not the pair laid more than one egg.  The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania has reported that beginning on Monday, March 27, there was evidence of hatching, based on changes in the parent eagles' behavior as seen by observers viewing the nest from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.  

Last Year

6/15/16:  The first eagle chick fledged on June 10, and the second followed soon after on June 11.  One of the fledglings has been seen flying in the vicinity of the nest quite often, but the second fledgling has not been as active. 
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.