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Second eagle egg arrives: Watch parents incubating this year's eaglets

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

The second eaglet egg has landed.

Just days after the first egg of the season was laid Sunday, parents Liberty and Freedom welcomed their second eaglet egg Tuesday evening.

Typically, two eggs is the maximum amount for eagles, according to Karen Lippy, area birding expert. 

“We're getting more and more eagles in the area," Lippy said. “We’ll have chicks to look at pretty soon here."

The first egg of the season was laid by eagle parents Liberty and Freedom on Saturday. Credit: HDOnTap

The eggs will incubate for roughly 35 to 38 days before hatching. 

Last year, parents Liberty and Freedom raised one eaglet, dubbed Patience by the online community that follows the nest. The second egg laid last year never hatched.

For years, Liberty and Freedom have been center-stage as thousands of viewers flock to the eagle cam watching in anticipation for the eggs to hatch.

The nest camera has gained much attention since it was installed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 2015. The livestream is now sponsored by HDOnTap.

Codorus State Park volunteer and birding expert Karen Lippy stands near an eagle mural Monday, March 15, 2021, painted on a silo at the farm of her friend Julie Wildasin, near the park. A bald eaglet hatched recently in a nest adjacent to the farm. It is the first of two expected at the nest this year. Bill Kalina photo

“I sure hope that we have a good season," Lippy said. "Every other year has not been good for them — for reasons beyond their control."

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In 2020, neither of two eggs hatched — but, surprisingly, this can be a benefit to the eagles, Lippy said.

"If they don't have chicks, it helps (the parents) build their strength, because it's labor-intensive raising a chick," she said.

More eagles have recently flocked to York County, with three nests now sitting at Codorus State Park.

You can watch the webcam live here: https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/bald-eagle-live-cam.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.