Bald eagle lays first 2021 egg in live York County nest
The female bald eagle covered in snow, nest broadcast live near Codorus State Park in Hanover, York County, laid its first 2021 egg on Tuesday afternoon.
This is the first known spawning for this nest.
In 2020, after producing and eating a second non-viable egg on February 18, the Hanoverian Eagles continued their attempt to hatch their first egg, which was laid on February 13, until March 29, when one of the adults ate the apparently non-viable egg.
In 2019, the female laid her first egg in the nest at 5:08 p.m. on February 26 and the second at 6:23 p.m. on March 1. The first egg hatched on April 4 and the second on April 6. out of the nest on June 18 and back on June 23, the two hatchlings took flight on June 30.
In 2018, the female laid her first egg in the nest around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, and the second at around 6 p.m. on Friday, February 23. Faced with interference from other eagles, the eggs were eventually dropped during a snowstorm and did not hatch.
In 2017, the first egg was laid on February 10 and the second on February 13. The first egg hatched on March 20 and the second on March 21. On June 7, the two eaglets were experimenting with flight far from the nest.
In 2016, eggs were laid on February 18 and 21. One of the eggs hatched on March 28, but the chick died two days later, possibly injured by a branch moved in the nest. The other egg never hatched and remained in the nest until May 23, when one of the adults removed the remains from the nest.
In 2015, eggs were laid on February 14 and 17. Adult eagles were covered in snow on the nest on March 5, drawing international attention. The eggs hatched on March 24 and 25 and the two young eaglets took flight around June 22.
The Nest’s 24/7 livestream is provided by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in partnership with HDOnTap and Comcast Business.
The Hanover Camera is one of two live broadcasts of bald eagles that the partners are planning for the 2021 nesting season.
No eggs were laid in the nest which was broadcast live for a second year from an undisclosed location as the Farm Country Eagle Cam.
This is the seventh year of the Hanover Nest Cam.
HDOnTap co-founder Tiffany Sears said it was “one of our most popular live cameras. Since 2015, viewers have enjoyed more than 40 million hours of 24/7 live HD video and audio from the nest, as well as daily time-lapse clips on the screens around the world.
“The resurgence of bald eagles in Pennsylvania represents one of the greatest conservation success stories in the country,” said Steve Smith, director of the commission’s Office of Information and Education. “This is the product of decades of planning and hard work by the staff of the Game Commission. We are thrilled with this opportunity to bring this pair back to homes and schools across the country through the live broadcast. “
HDOnTap also brought raptor biologist Zoey Greenberg back to the Hanover blog Bald Eagle to share educational information, photos and videos regarding bald eagles and in particular the events at the Hanover Nest.
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