You might call it one of the most popular “spy cams” in the country today — the one offering an incredible live, bird’s-eye view of an eagle’s nest in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
And what happened at 8:24am Eastern time on Tuesday in that nest high up in a tree shows that the population of the bald eagle — America’s majestic national bird — has increased by one. A second egg in the nest is expected to hatch any time now.
Eager bird watchers logged on to the popular website featuring the live eagle cam joyfully celebrated the blessed and rarely seen event (my wife was among them, so I am personally familiar with this phenomenon that has enthralled so many people).
The amazing glimpse into the lives of this bald eagle family is, according to the a Pennsylvania government site, “supported by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business, Friends of Codorus State Park and several other partners.”
As part of getting to know how these beautiful birds live, you can watch daily activities such as feeding on wildlife brought to the nest by one of the adults.
It may not sound like such a fascinating way to spend a few minutes (or hours, or days), but observing our national bird in its natural habitat is indeed an activity on which you can easily get hooked. And in case you’re wondering, the eagles don’t seem to mind the attention.
Here are a couple of screen grabs from the bald eagle cam in Hanover. The first shows the newly hatched eaglet, and the second shows a fresh fish just delivered to the nest that will keep parents and babies fed for a while.
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