Second egg of the season for Hanover-area eagles

The Hanover-area bald eagles, nesting on private property near Codorus State Park, welcomed their second egg of 2018 at about 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. 
(Photo: HDonTap/ Pennsylvania Game Commission)

The Hanover-area eagles' second egg of 2018 came without much fanfare, spotted after dark Friday, Feb. 23.

It was laid by female eagle Liberty  about 6 p.m. according to comments on the livestream.

Both the Pennsylvania Game Commission and HDonTap, which provide the livestream of the eagles nest in collaboration with Comcast and Codorus State Park, predicted a second egg would come Friday.

"Historically, Liberty has laid her second egg three days after she's laid the first. That means today is the day!" according to an HDonTap Facebook post Friday, Feb. 23.

The eagles, which nest on private property near Codorus State Park, welcomed their first egg of the year about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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Hanover eagle expert Karen Lippy said the eagles from this nest typically produce two eggs per year.

They have not always had success with the eggs. In 2016, one eaglet died after two days, and the other egg failed to hatch. 

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But last year's eaglets, Cody and Mary, survived to fledge from the nest — flying away on their own for the first time.

Lippy said it's hard to predict when the eagles will do well. In the first year of the eagle nest, it was brutally cold, reaching temperatures as low as 8 degrees, but the eaglets did not die. 

"The year they were not successful was a pretty mild year. There was no reason that anyone saw that year that anything went wrong," she said.

Viewers of the eagle cam will be on the lookout for the first signs of hatching — and they'll have to start thinking of names.

The common incubation period for eagle eggs is 35 days, according to the game commission.