The First Lady Has Laid an Egg — Watch the Incubation on Live WebCam

Yes, I admit that headline is pure clickbait. If you’re reading this, I guess it worked.

“The First Lady” is the name of the female member of a pair of Bald Eagles who started nesting  at the U.S. National Arboretum here in Washington back in 2014. The male is named “Mr. President”. Last year, the couple produced two hatchlings, named “Freedom” and “Liberty”.

(Could all those names be anymore bland and pedestrian? Whoever’s in charge of naming eagles at the arboretum is obviously not a big fan of unconventional nomenclature. Just writing those words has made me grouchy and irritated. Come to think about it, even “Grouchy” and “Irritated” would be better names than the ones they have now.)

Anyhow, the pair is back, and the eagles have landed. And once again, they’ve produced two eggs, the first on 19 February 2017 and the second on 23 February 2017. Hatching generally occurs after a 35 – 38 day incubation.

Thanks to the American Eagle Foundation, you can watch the whole thing 24/7 on the DC Eagle Cam. The beautiful picture at the top of this posting, showing an eagle keeping her eggs warm in the snow-filled nest, comes from a screenshot of the webcam.

Warning: This is nature, and it’s live, which means that while it can sometimes be sublime, it can also sometimes be brutal and ugly. There are predators out there.


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