Skip to main content

The Eagle Cam couple has laid its first egg

Eagles typically lay three eggs.

There's an egg.

The eagles on the Minnesota DNR's eagle cam laid their first egg of 2017 on Saturday afternoon, the agency says.

These eagles, which are believed to be the same pair that's visited the nest for the past four years, are known to lay eggs earlier than is typical for most eagles.

Last year the first egg was spotted Jan. 25, and the couple raised three chicks to fledging. The two years prior it was Jan. 19 and Feb. 14, according to the FAQ, and two eaglets fledged each year. In 2013, they laid eggs the first week of January and none of the babies made it.

Eagles typically lay up to three eggs about two to three days apart, then the birds incubate the eggs for about 35 days, the DNR says.

You can watch the DNR's eagle came here or below.

Nature is scary sometimes

Worth remembering: This is nature and eagles are carnivores.

"Natural struggles will occur and some of the feeding or other wild bird behaviors may be difficult to watch," the DNR warns.

For example, in 2014 an injured eaglet floundered around in the nest for a bit. Officials eventually intervened and plucked it for a check-up, but it was seriously hurt and had to be euthanized. That same year, a classroom of kids was watching as the male eagle kicked out a one-legged female in favor of a new girlfriend.

Bald eagles nearly went extinct in the 1970s, but they’ve made a comeback since DDT was banned – the DNR says Minnesota has more eagles than any of the 48 contiguous states.

The Nongame Wildlife Program needs help

The Nongame Wildlife Program works to protect more than 700 animal species in Minnesota, and operate almost entirely on donations – but barely get any now.

"If every Minnesota tax payer donated just $1, we would be so much better off," the program wrote. "But, sadly, less than three percent of Minnesotans who file taxes donate to our program. Those who donate are generous, yet the donations have decreased steadily over the decades and we are in serious financial trouble."

You can donate here if you’re interested.

Next Up

monkeypox

Minnesota health officials warn monkeypox cases could grow rapidly

The state has so far confirmed only six cases of monkeypox virus.

291734046_502006195017388_4346404407323115820_n

Sheriff: 2 kids dead in Vadnais Lake, search continues for 3rd child, mother

"A horrible set of facts appears to be developing," said Sheriff Bob Fletcher.

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: Duluth man had hundreds of child porn images, videos

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found nearly 330 images on the man's electronic devices.

hennepin county sheriff water patrol lake minnetonka

Scuba diver found dead in Lake Minnetonka identified as 20-year-old

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said 20-year-old Brady Alan Aune, from Elko New Market, died of freshwater drowning on June 3.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

Felony charges filed after authorities search 'Peacebunny Cottage'

The president of the rabbit rescue non-profit faces multiple animal cruelty charges after over 40 rabbits were found dead inside the organization's barn.

monkeypox virus

Minnesota up to 6 confirmed cases of monkeypox virus

Most people recover at home within 2-4 weeks.

thc edibles

Did Minnesota just accidentally legalize THC?

A Republican lawmaker who voted to approve the new law in May is already talking about rolling it back.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 3.19.42 PM

Gasoline may be cause of sewer explosion on U of M campus

An all-clear was given around 9 p.m. Thursday, with residents in the area allowed to return to their homes.

image

Overwhelming demand for THC products on first day of new law in MN

One shop owner said his Chaska store broke the online sales record before they opened Friday morning.

Flickr - Lake Minnetonka boat - Greg Gjerdingen

Increased drunk boating enforcement over 4th of July weekend

The increased enforcement is part of the Operation Dry Water initiative.

Kayak

Four kayakers stranded, rescued in Chisholm park

The kayakers became stranded at Redhead Mountain Bike Park Thursday afternoon.

SherburneCoJailDrugArrests

Duo charged after 10-pound meth package sent to wrong address

More than 10 pounds of meth are off the street thanks to a delivery error.

Related

The Eagle Cam couple might be getting ready for some baby eaglets

Will these lovebirds lay their eggs early again? Or wait until a more typical time period?

The Eagle Cam couple might be getting ready for some baby eaglets

Will these lovebirds lay their eggs early again? Or wait until a more typical time period?

Bald eagles are flying back up to Minnesota – earlier than normal

Bald eagles that left for the winter are on their way back.