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Second baby eagle has hatched near Big Bear Lake

By in Press Enterprise on February 13, 2018

By Kristina Hernandez

Two bald eagles near Big Bear Lake welcomed their second chick Monday, Feb. 12, the appearance of the white, fluffy chick bringing an end to weeks of anticipation for forest watchers and nature lovers.

On Sunday, the first of the two chicks hatched about 10 a.m. A YouTube livestream of the nest showed the second chick began cracking through its shell early Monday, in a process known as “pipping,” and fully emerged about 12:25 p.m.

The livestream of the nest is being captured by a solar-powered camera. The stream has caught the attention of nature lovers who have been anticipating the birth of the chicks since the mother eagle, called “Jackie” by locals, laid the eggs in early January.

Throughout the day Monday, the Big Bear Lake area experienced bouts of gusty winds and snow flurries, but the mother and father eagle took turns nestling over the chicks to keep them warm. This is necessary because the chicks cannot regulate their own temperatures, officials with the U.S. Forest Service said in a news release.

The adult eagles are a newly identified nesting pair, forest officials said, but the female is believed to have been one of the eagles that hatched in the nesting area about five years ago. The couple moved in last season and mated, but the courtship did not produce any eggs until the current season.

The female eagle, the larger of the two birds, can also be identified by a few black-tinged tail feathers. When she is completely grown her feathers will be fully white, according to the news release.

The Forest Service estimates the chicks will leave the nest in about two to three three months. They will stay close to their parents, however, while honing their hunting skills. Until then, the parents will pull […]    

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