Mrs. Ennis' First Grade Class observes the Eagle
Posted on 03/31/2014
This is the image for the news article titled Mrs. Ennis' First Grade Class observes the EagleFor the last month, Mrs. Ennis' first grade class have been observing a Mommy Eagle and her eggs on "PixControllers" Live Eagle Cam in Pittsburgh, PA.

The students have been patiently waiting for the eggs to start hatching. As of Monday, March 31st, two eaglets have hatched and Mrs. Ennis' students are just as excited as Mommy Eagle.

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Video clips of recent activity can be found below.

First Grade Observations & Facts:

First egg laid on February 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM 
First egg hatch date: March 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Second egg laid on February 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM
Second egg hatch date: March 30, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Third egg laid on February 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM
Expected hatch date: April 2, 2014



Here's some recent activity in the nest:


First eaglet hatch 3-28-2014


Red-tail hawk takes swipes at nest


Immature bald eagle flies by nest


Raccoon attacks nest 2-26-2014

First egg laid on 2-19-2014

Second egg laid on 2-22-2014


Third egg laid on 2-25-2014


Camera installation on 12-20-2013


Here's the background:

Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Nest
A pair of Bald Eagles are now nesting within 5 miles of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Monongahela River near where the famed Carnegie Steel Homestead site once existed. Industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that eagles feed on. For example, during a survey on Monongahela River in 1967, one scientist could find only one bluegill. As efforts to clean the waterways took effect over the past 30 years, 76 species of fish have been found in the Monongahela. 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. This year marks 30 years since the reintroduction of Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania. With the help of the Canadian government, several agencies including the Pennsylvania Game Commission brought bald eagle chicks back to their states to reintroduce Bald Eagles. Today, Pennsylvania boasts more than 250 nests.


Quick Bald Eagle Facts
 
  • How can I tell the male from the female bald eagle? The female is slightly larger than the male. In the case of the Hays bald eagles the male has a noticeable white spot on the right side.
  • Adult birds range from 35" to 37" tall with a wingspan of 72" to 90" and weigh between 10 to 14 lbs.
  • Their diet consists of mainly fish but will take advantage of carrion they can find.
  • The female lays 1-3 eggs 5-10 days after mating. For bald eagles in our area we should expect eggs between February & March. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days.
  • The nest is between 6' - 8' in diameter and can weigh up to 1 ton.
  • Bald eagles typically mate for life and have a 20-30 year lifespan.
  • Bald eagles do not reach maturity until they are 4-5 year old at which time they develop the white head and tail feathers.
  • For more bird facts visit the National Aviary or Western PA Audubon Society