Pittsburgh residents are mesmerized by a webcam trained on a bald eagle’s nest in suburban Hays, Pa., where two eaglets have hatched in recent days, and all eyes are on the third egg, already showing signs of pipping and expected to hatch by April 2.
The round-the-clock webcam, which has more than 937,000 views to date, has provided not also lessons in nature, but also drama as well. At one point, the female eagle could be seen successfully fighting off a feisty raccoon attempting to raid the eggs.
The pair of bald eagles nesting there could be seen coming and going before the eggs hatched, and now can be seen feeding and protecting the eaglets. The first hatched on March 28 and the second on March 30.
The nest is within five miles of downtown Pittsburgh, along the Monongahela River, and the popularity of the webcam has brought many local residents out to see the nest live.
Due to river pollution that decimated fish populations, experts say it has probably been more than 250 years since bald eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. As recently as the mid-1980s, there were just a few remaining nesting bald eagles pairs anywhere in Pennsylvania, which makes the webcam all the more fascinating. Pennsylvania is now believed to house more than 250 bald eagle nests.
“The live-stream camera showing the nest is provided by Murrysville-based PixController Inc., which is working with the Pennsylvania Game Commission,” according to the Associated Press
Watch it for yourself here