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  1. Thursday, February 3, 2011

    First Egg!

    The bald eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Garden have an egg.  The first egg of the 2011 season was laid at 2:49 pm on February 3rd, 2011.  The female could be seen drawing pine straw up around herself in preparation, and then settled down covering the egg.  Bald eagles most commonly have clutches of two eggs although this pair has frequently had three egg clutches, only time will tell how many eggs will see this year.

    Full-time incubation is often delayed until all eggs have been laid.  This ensures that the eggs hatch more closely together and reduces competition between the chicks.  As we wait to see if more eggs are laid we may well see this egg left uncovered at times.  This is not a cause for concern as the adults will be sure the egg remains at a viable temperature.  Once incubation does start we’ll begin to count down towards hatching!  Bald eagles incubate their eggs for between 35-38 days.  This pair has been fairly consistent with 38 days of incubation for their broods.  Continue to check in for more information about the progress of these birds and interesting facts about bald eagle biology and conservation.  Be sure to check out the CCB blog for additional information.