Second egg for Hanover-area eagles
- Photos from the eagle cam show an egg in the nest.
The very popular Hanover-area bald eagles have laid a second egg, according to footage from the live stream that is maintained by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The first egg was laid Saturday, and the second appeared shortly after 5 p.m. Monday.
The eggs should hatch sometime in mid-March, according to game commission spokesman Travis Lau. The common incubation period for eagle eggs is 35 days.
Though York County was plagued with strong winds from Sunday into Monday, Lau said this shouldn't affect the eggs themselves. So long as the nest is standing and the adult eagles continue to sit on the eggs to keep them warm, everything should be fine. He did say there was a nest in Pittsburgh that was knocked down by the high winds. This nest was the first nest the game commission installed a live camera on.
"So long as the nest holds up at the Hanover site, things should be alright," he said.
Lau said the average number of eggs for an eagle to lay is two per year, though there could be several more.
The story of the Hanover-area eagles is a tumultuous one that locals began following two years ago when the game commission first started the eagle cam, which shows 24-hour footage from two cameras, both of which have microphones attached.
Video streaming of the nest began this season on Dec. 28. According the game commission, the eagles have nested in the tree, which is located on private property near Codorus State Park, for more than 10 years.
Last year, two eggs were laid but there were no eaglet survivors. One eaglet died at 2 days old while the other egg never hatched. The game commission said afterward that it was unsure of what caused the nesting failure.
The eagle cam was shut down in June of 2016 after part of the nest collapsed at the end of May. The stream was going to be shut down before the collapse, according to the game commission, so agency staff could focus on other projects. It was reinstalled in December 2016.
In 2015, both eaglets survived and fledged, which means they were able to fly from the nest.
The game commission said in December that more than 550,000 viewers tuned in to watch the eagles last year, down 1.5 million viewers from the first year. Lau was unsure how many views the eagle cam has gotten so far this year.
Viewers can watch the live steam by visiting the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, but interested watchers should "be aware that, at times, nature can be difficult to watch," the site states.