VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: First Egg....& Another Visit

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!

Monday, February 04, 2008

“First Egg....& Another Visit”

The first egg was laid just before 6:30pm on Friday evening. After a windy day that tossed the nest to and fro - the weather calmed and the female laid her 1st egg.

Either during or immediately after the egg was laid the Great Horned owl put in an appearance, landing on the rim of the nest. The female eagle wasted no time chasing the intruder away and then settled into the nest. The Great Horned Owl visited the nest three times during the night but never threatened the Eagles.

Bald Eagles typically incubate their eggs for 35 days, although this pair seems to take a bit longer with the first egg hatching after about 38 days for the last few years. Bald Eagle eggs are white and rough textured - measuring up to 2.75-3 inches long and and 2-2.25 inches across. Two eggs is typical although this pair has laid three for the last two years- and successfully fledged all 3 each year! This success is a testament to the skill and experience of these parents as well as the richness of the habitat. The female will do most of the incubating although the male will occasionally take a shift.

We'll continue to watch for more eggs, its not at all unusual for eggs to be laid a few days apart. These eggs will hatch asynchronously (in the order they were laid) so the first to hatch will have a size advantage over its siblings.