Screenshot of video taken this morning shows one of the bald eagles in the Hays nest turning the newly-laid egg.
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
A bald eagle in the Hays nest sits on a newly-laid egg.
Anya Sostek / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The egg has landed.
The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania confirmed that the first bald eagle egg of the season was laid overnight in the Hays nest overlooking the Monongahela River. Cameras were turned off overnight, but the egg was visible in the nest when they were turned on at 7:30 a.m.
A webcam on a nest in Harmar, over the Allegheny River, has not yet shown any eggs. Another known bald eagle nest in Crescent is on private property, without webcam access.
If the eagle lays additional eggs, she usually does so two to three days apart, said the Audubon Society. Until the egg hatches, the eagles will be a constant presence in the nest, continually turning the egg to keep its temperature constant.
The egg will get a chilly introduction to Western Pennsylvania winter. Today is forecast to be the coldest of the year so far, with temperatures tonight expected to drop to 1 degree.
Cameras at both the Hays and Harmar bald eagle nests are at eagles.aswp.org. The webcams are a collaboration between the Audubon Society and PixController.
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