As 14,500 viewers from around the world tuned in to watch, the third bald eagle egg in the Hays clutch hatched at 2:49 p.m. today. The three fuzzy eaglets raised their heads and cheeped for tiny bits of fish and squirrel meat, or huddled under the wings of the protective mother.
Live video of the nest can be viewed at www.post-gazette.com/baldeagles.
The bucolic hatching drama of the past week was viewed on live video feed set up at no charge to viewers by PixController in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Bald eagle catches squirrel to feed babies in nest
One of the two bald eagles in Hays captured a gray squirrel today as food for the babies in the nest. (Video courtesy of PixController; 4/2/2014)
The third baby eagle has hatched
The bald eagles in Hays have a new addition to the nest. The third eaglet has hatched. All three are now clamoring for food. (Video courtesy of PixController; 4/3/2014)
“Amazing how people are into this,” PixController President Bill Powers said. “Pittsburgh is getting a worldwide audience, too. So great for the city.”
Still in danger from predation, and subject to in-nest hostilities among the siblings, the eaglets are expected to fledge in July.
Fascinating footage of the male eagle providing food for his new family was posted today on YouTube. Dana Nesiti of Pittsburgh recorded the eagle diving on a gray squirrel nest, pulling out a squirrel and flying back to the Hays nest. Merged PixController footage shows the male and female eating the squirrel; then the female feeding small bits to her brood.
John Hayes: 412-263-1991, firstname.lastname@example.org.