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The Hanover-area bald eagle nest, home to the popular online eagle cam, partially collapsed sometime last week, according to a local eagle expert.

Karen Lippy, of Hanover, said the right side of the nest, seen from the daytime camera, collapsed because of squirrels chewing the branches.

It was the side toward the area of Hope Road, she said.

She said it looks as though the partial collapse happened around Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Nest: Lippy expressed doubts over how usable the nest is going to be this year.

One large tree limb that was one of three holding the nest up last year has fallen off, she said, leaving two limbs as the main support of the nest.

That limb, she said, was used as a "launching pad" for the eagles.

In addition to the lack of support this year, Lippy said squirrels have been chewing on the branches in the nest. She said they can be heard chewing "night and day."

“If it wasn't for the squirrels, they might have been able to pull it off,” she said.

More: Hanover's popular eagle cam returns

Eagles: Lippy said the eagles have been seen around Sinsheim Cove in Codorus State Park.

"We've been seeing them sitting in a big tree there," she said. 

Lippy said it looked as though they might have been making a nest there, but they have since returned to the eagle cam nest.

“They are coming to the nest, not a whole lot — usually in the evening," she said.

Lippy said the eagles typically can be seen in the nest between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The eagle cam went online at the beginning of the year through a partnership among the commission, HDOnTap, Comcast and Codorus State Park. Two cameras stream live 24 hours a day.

Two eggs hatched during the 2017 season, and both eaglets fledged and left the nest.

Visit the game commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov, to view the livestream.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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