Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hays Eaglet Hatches at New Nest Location Behavior by the Birds Indicates New Arrival

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hays Eaglet Hatches at New Nest Location Behavior by the Birds Indicates New Arrival

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It took awhile to be sure, but the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania confirmed Wednesday morning that an egg has hatched at the Hays eagles' nest site, overlooking the Monongahela River.

Views into the nest via the popular live feed-video camera have been obscured since February, when the tree that held the nest collapsed in a windstorm. The resourceful pair quickly built a makeshift nest in a nearby sycamore tree. The new nest is partially in view of the camera but doesn't offer a peek inside.

Audubon spokeswoman Rachel Handel said that on Monday eagle watchers said the birds were exhibiting behavior suggesting that an egg had hatched.

"We had people down on the trail calling us saying they think something was happening at the nest," she said. "It was not until [Tuesday] that we believed the behavior we were observing showed the possibility of a hatch. We still haven't seen a chick, but based on a couple days of definite feeding behavior by the adults, we are able to confirm that a hatch has occurred."

On Tuesday morning the adults were seen repeatedly bringing food into the nest, ripping it apart and ducking their heads, behavior that Ms. Handel said is indicative of parents feeding a chick.

"People have been asking how this is possible. The hatching of this egg is a big success story for these eagles, considering all they've overcome this year," said Ms. …

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