After dropping their first three eggs of the breeding season, Huge Bear Valley’s superstar bald eagle couple have one other probability at a chick.
Feminine eagle Jackie delivered an egg at 2:42 p.m. Monday, in response to an announcement by the Buddies of Huge Bear Valley, a nonprofit group.
“Shadow [Jackie’s mate] was by her facet for a lot of the attractive occasion. Jackie appears good and is now resting,” the group mentioned within the Fb publish.
Raptor fans have been following the eagles’ saga on a live-cam feed of the nest, which is perched about 120 toes up a Jeffrey pine tree.
The pair’s first two eggs, which Jackie laid Jan. 6 and Jan. 9, had been preyed upon by ravens. Their third egg, laid Jan. 13, broke in the course of the laying course of, in response to updates from the Buddies of Huge Bear Valley.
As a result of Jackie misplaced the eggs shortly after she laid them, her physique was in a position to “reset” to put a second clutch, mentioned Teri Ashmore, public liaison for the group.
The dimensions of a bald eagle clutch ranges from one to a few eggs. Jackie tends to put a second egg about three days after the primary, which leaves open the potential for one other egg later this week, Ashmore mentioned.
Already, Jackie was noticed working towards delayed incubation, when the eggs are left uncovered for a time frame to decelerate growth, Ashmore mentioned. That means, if the mom lays extra eggs, all of the chicks within the clutch hatch across the similar time and develop at about the identical fee.
And Shadow, proper on cue, relieved Jackie for incubation duties Tuesday morning, Ashmore mentioned.
Viewers of the nest cam had been upset with him as he was lacking in motion throughout one of many raven assaults, Ashmore mentioned.
Usually, ravens gained’t dare strategy when a bald eagle nest is guarded by the dad and mom.
It was unclear why Shadow wasn’t guarding the nest or why each eagles appeared distracted in the course of the raven assaults, however Ashmore speculated individuals beneath the nest may need performed a task.
The realm surrounding Jackie and Shadow’s nest is closed to the general public throughout breeding season, however individuals disregard the order to play within the snow, she mentioned, particularly this winter as they head open air for socially distanced actions.
“They might be disturbing the eagles,” Ashmore mentioned. “It occurs yearly, however this 12 months has been worse due to COVID.”
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