A third eaglet, circled in red, more fully emerges from its egg shell early Wednesday evening.
By John Hayes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
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.
“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.
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