VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Maybe Today...

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Friday, March 09, 2007

“Maybe Today...”

Keep an eye on the EagleCam - an observer noted a distinct crack in one of the eggs today. We are right at hatching time, so we expect to have a new eaglet sometime today!

Last year the first egg hatched after 38 days of incubation. We are at 37 day since the 1st egg was laid back on January 31st. Bald eagles hatch asynchronously meaning that the eggs don't all hatch at the same time, rather the eggs will hatch in the order they were laid. The first to hatch gets a leg up on its siblings - getting all the attention (and food) from the parents until the other eggs hatch. By then the 1st eaglet will be larger then his siblings and continue to dominate the nest.

This pair was very successful and managed to not only hatch three eggs last year but fledged all three of the young!