PIPPING AIN’T EASY, AM I RIGHT, MY FELLOW AMERICAN EAGS?
In Washington D.C. today, the Metro is grinding back to life, and two bald eagles named “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” are chilling in the Azalea Collection at the National Arboretum, waiting for their chicks to be hatched. The pair are reportedly the first bald eagles to nest there since 1947, and the whole thing is being livestreamed, à la the last season finale of Silicon Valley, at the wonderful URL of “dceaglecam.eagles.org.”
“We are officially on egg-watch alert!” says DC Eagle Cam. “Join us in viewing the most patriotic nest cam in the United States, 24 hours a day.” You know what, I think I will, along with the eagle perv who wrote in the live chat room, Do they still mate whilst waiting for the eggs to hatch?
I would be remiss not to post the American Eagle Foundation’s disclaimer:
This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen. While we hope that two healthy juvenile eagles will end up fledging from the nest this summer, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch.
“Don’t be mad if one of the eagles eats its new fam, OK?” We promise; it’s a meritocracy out here, and only the strongest pips survive.
Image via screenshot/American Eagle Foundation