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This year's model: 3 chicks hatched on the EagleCam


The nest that's home to Minnesota's EagleCam  is a little more crowded these days.

Three little eaglets are getting plenty of attention from mom and dad since shaking the egg shells off their tail feathers in recent days.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which is managing the popular web camera for the fourth straight year, says all three chicks seem to be thriving and getting equal amounts of feeding during their regular meals.

The eggs were laid in late January and the DNR posted video of that to its Facebook page.

The DNR keeps the location of the EagleCam nest a secret but says the same adult pair has been using it for many years.

The mother and father both tend to the young ones. If you're curious about which you're seeing on the EagleCam – well, it might be hard to tell unless you see both parents together. The DNR says there are no obvious differences other than size. The female is about one-third larger than the male, with the difference most noticeable in her feet and beak.

Two years ago the DNR faced a dilemma when it became clear that one of the baby eagles was floundering in the nest.

After first saying they would let nature run its course, there was a change of heart at the agency. The EagleCam was briefly turned off and biologists removed the injured chick. But experts at the U of M Raptor Center determined it had an infection and could not be saved.

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