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More new arrivals on EagleCam as mother lays another two eggs

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Eagle-eyed observers of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' EagleCam will have noticed a couple of new arrivals this past week.

After the DNR reported the first egg had been laid by the female bald eagle using the nest a little over a week ago, she has since been back to lay two more.

The second egg is said to have been laid last Thursday and the third on Sunday, which has become the norm for the pair of eagles using the DNR nest, after they laid eggs in the first week of January in 2013, and on Valentine's Day last year.

The eaglets should hatch about 35 days after being laid, with the first one expected on February 24, and this year their chances of survival are being boosted by the above-average temperatures being experienced in Minnesota.

Typically, eagles lay eggs in March, and those who lay earlier must be "more diligent and consistent with their egg incubation duties" given the colder weather, but the DNR has previously said these eagles are experienced parents.

The DNR says both February and March should be a fine time for eagle sighting across Minnesota, and it is urging people to get out into nature to watch eagles hunt and forage for food for their newborns.

Areas around open water, such as the Mississippi, are particularly popular among bald eagles.

A recent survey of the southeastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern Iowa region by the National Eagle Center in Wabasha registered 1,736 bald eagle sightings and 136 golden eagles.

The nest is in the Twin Cities metro area, but its location is kept a secret so the eagles are not disturbed.

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