When Will They Hatch?
Now that the eagles are settled in and incubating their three eggs, the big question is when will the eggs hatch? In addition to our knowledge about bald eagle biology, we have this pair’s previous history to help guide us. The scientific literature generally reports an incubation period of 35 days (although various authorities may list 34-38 days). Directly observing when bald eagles lay...
What's on the Menu?
This pair has had success raising large broods of three eaglets. This requires not only that the parents be skilled and experienced hunters, but also that the habitat is a rich enough resource to support their efforts. The bald eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Garden have chosen an abundant territory - one that offers many hunting opportunities. While the bulk of a bald eagle’s diet is...
Egg Number 3!
Just as the rain and sleet of another Northeaster began to turn to snow - a third egg was laid by the bald eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Just after 12:29 pm the female laid what should be the final egg of this clutch. The video below shows some of her labor and a brief view of the eggs at 12:29:50 of the camera’s time stamp.
Shortly before noon today (Feb 3, 2010) a second egg was laid at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. While many bald eagles only lay two eggs at a time - this pair has a history of three egg clutches. Only time will tell if a third egg is forthcoming.