The eagle has landed! Or, to be more accurate – the eagle has hatched! But the fate of one egg is still undecided.
Millions of Americans have been tuning into the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam since the live stream went public on November 20, 2016. The stream has followed a female American bald eagle named Harriet, and a male identified as M15. Together, the two eagles have been guarding their nest where two eggs were laid.
One of those eggs hatched at 7:33 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and the baby chick has been identified as E9. The second egg, however, is still showing no signs of hatching even after 41 days.
Since the average window it takes for an eagle egg to hatch is between 34 to 40 days, it’s not looking good at this point. But that hasn’t stopped interest in the feed from growing. Even more so, people are curious as to what Harriet and M15 will do with the egg if it turns out that it’s not viable.
According to the researchers behind this fascinating footage, if the egg does not hatch, the parent eagles will either push it aside or bury it. It is also possible that the two adult eagles will consume the egg since it’s a good source of calcium.
Tuning into the live stream is really simple. Just press play for the embedded video below, and you’ll see all of the action as it’s happening.
What do you think will be the end result for the eagles’ second egg? Let us know in the comments.