The Eagle Cam couple has laid its first egg

Eagles typically lay three eggs.
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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.

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