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Watch Bald Eagle Lays Egg in Southern California Mountains

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Congrats are in order for a couple of new parents: An egg has been laid in in a nest shared by two bald eagles in Big Bear, California — and it was all captured on live cam.U.S. Forest Service officials announced on Thursday that the bald eagle mom, named Jackie, has laid an egg with a second one possibly on the way, the Desert Sun reported.Both Jackie and dad, Shadow, will alternate incubation duties, which last about 35 days.“This regulates the temperature of the egg so the embryo can develop. If all goes well, we should see a hatching around April 10,” Robin Eliason, a Forest Service biologist, said in a statement.In the meantime, nature-lovers and eagle fans can watch mom and dad at their nest via the Big Bear Bald Eagle Nest Cam.It’s only fitting that cameras filmed Jackie as she laid her egg. The bald eagle parents, both five years old, were actually filmed mating — a process that lasted a matter of seconds — on Feb. 7 in a nest on the north side of Big Bear Lake.The cameras, installed by the group Friends of Big Bear Valley, are solar-powered, so some noise comes from the batteries recharging which the eagles cannot hear, but can be heard in the system. It was installed in the to properly acclimate to the environment and not disturb the eagles.The nest in the Fawnskin area is about 120 feet in the air near the top of a Jeffrey pine. According to the Los Angeles Times, the area currently is off limits to the public because the eagles may abandon the nest and the egg if they feel threatened by humans.Image captured by live webcam shows an eagle looking over an egg on March 8. (Photo Credit: Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam)Last year, Jackie gave birth to two chicks, Stormy and BBB, but BBB did not survive the harsh weather conditions, according to Fox 10 Phoenix.On Thursday, the video feed showed an eagle nestling on the egg as strong, cold winds blow through the San Bernardino National Forest.The egg laying comes at the tail end of the Forest Service’s annual eagle count, now in its 40th year. A count completed late last year found 11 bald eagles living in the forest east of Los Angeles.More on Geek.com:Bald Eagle Rescued in Missouri May Have Ingested PoisonWhy Four Canadian Wolves Were Airlifted to a US National ParkInternet Star April the Giraffe Will Give Birth to Her Fifth Baby Soon Stay on targetlast_img read more

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