Last week was for the birds.
The eagles nesting in Codorus State Park in Hanover laid their first egg on Tuesday, February 20, followed by a second egg laid on Friday, February 23. The nest is monitored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission via a live-stream camera provided by Comcast Business and HDOnTap.
The nest, which partially collapsed during the 2017 nesting season, was rebuilt by the bald eagles that same season, only to collapse again after the 2017 livestream ended last July. This winter, the eagles again repaired the nest, which was welcome news to the 1.5 million viewers who have watched the nest on their devices in past years.
In Pittsburgh, the female bald eagle nesting in Harmar laid her first egg of the season on Saturday, February 24. This nest is monitored by the Audobon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s live-stream camera that is also made possible by Comcast Business, along with CSE. Last year, viewers watched two eaglets grow and fledge from the Harmar nest during nesting season. Eagles usually lay between one and four eggs, with 79 percent of nests containing two eggs.
Most eagle nests are about four feet wide and three feet or more deep. Unlike many birds, eagles’ nests are often flat at the top – not containing the typical “cup” shape. A typical nest weighs hundreds of pounds, with some record nests weighing as much as 2000 pounds.