First Eaglet Hatches at Hays Nest

Ninth bald eagle to hatch in Hays since 2013.

The first eaglet of 2019 has hatched in Hays, PA! According to the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, this is the ninth eaglet born in Hays since 2013.

"Pip" visible in egg, Saturday morning.

The first "pip," or small crack was visible in the egg early Saturday morning, and the eaglet hatched at 1:14 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. The eaglet has already received several feedings from the adult female in the nest.

Adult female and eaglet, shortly after hatching on Saturday. The eaglet is the grey fuzzy spot under the adult's head.

Eaglet feeding early Monday morning.

At this point, a second eaglet could still hatch. According to the Audubon Society, bald eagle eggs typically take 35 to 37 days to hatch. It's been 41 days since the first egg was laid, 38 days since the second was laid, and 35 days since the third egg was laid.

Both adult eagles in nest with eaglet Monday morning.

In 2018, the bald eagles laid three as well. Only one egg was viable and hatched. The eaglet was also hatched on March 23 and fledged on June 11.

We will be sure to keep an eye on the nest and bring you any updates from Hays.

You can click here to watch a live stream of the webcam. The Hays webcam is a collaborative project between CSE and Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, with support from Arborel Tree Service.

Photos courtesy Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, and the Hays Eagle Nest Webcam.

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