A screengrab from the National Aviary's nest cam showing the Hays bald eagles together, caring for the first egg Wednesday.
By John Hayes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh's resident bald eagle pair have welcomed a second egg to their nest. The 5 1/2-year-old female is now incubating two eggs -- her first of 2014 was laid Wednesday. The second egg appeared sometime late Friday.
Eagles generally lay two eggs per year. The eggs are expected to hatch in late March.
Bald eagle pairs are active on two additional sites in Allegheny County. Those on a bluff overlooking the Hulton Bridge in Harmar were seen recently bringing soft vegetation to the nest -- often a sign of impending egg laying.
The eagles on private property in Crescent, which in 2010 became the first nesting pair in Allegheny County, completed their second year of successful nesting in 2013. They were recently observed still in remodeling mode bringing sticks to the nest.
The camera providing live video of the Hays eagles was down temporarily over the weekend when a white-tailed deer interfered with the security camera guarding the main camera and power supply.
Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Camera Update: Thursday January 30th - The camera will be streaming from 8 AM until 5 PM for the next several weeks. Once we build a good battery charge we will start streaming at night.
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner.