CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Savannah and Derek had a light dusting of snow on their nest at the Carolina Raptor Center Thursday morning.
Don't worry, the eggs are well protected from the cold by the mulch. She also buried them pretty deep in the nest.
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Eagle watchers at CRC have been looking at the webcam throughout the day to determine the number of eggs that American bald eagle mom Savannah is sitting on. There are few opportunities each day for observers to determine – or even see—the number of eggs on the nest. Savannah may switch with Derek for a breather a few times a day, and she will turn the eggs a few times a day, but you have to be watching at just the right time to catch it happen.
Since Savannah and Derek started nesting successfully in January 2006, four eaglets have been hatched and released into the wild. Both birds came to CRC in 1998 from South Carolina. In the past five nesting seasons, Savannah has laid two eggs in four seasons and three eggs last season.
“In spite of the fact that we have not seen the eggs on the nest this year, it is a safe bet that she has at least 2 eggs,” said Eagle expert Mathias Engelmann, senior rehabilitation coordinator at Carolina Raptor Center. “We are trying not to disturb the nesting process by going out there to count. She knows how many eggs there are.”
The eagles are still fed on the same schedule as usual, and observers are going out at approximately 3 pm every day into the newly constructed Marcy Maciejewski Eagle Research Observatory to observe the nesting behavior. CRC invites eagle cam watchers who catch a glimpse of Savannah when she is turning the eggs to send screen captures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of Nesting at CRC
2006 Savannah laid two eggs on January 27 – both eggs hatched. Len and Lola were released in May.
2007 Two eggs were laid around January 19.
Two chicks hatched, and both died during heavy rains at approximately 1 week of age.
2008 Two eggs were laid around January 28.
Two eaglets hatched. One died. One was released “Letha” in late May.
2009 Two eggs were laid on January 25, but did not hatch.
2010 Three eggs laid on or after January 4th. One disappeared on February 8th. Two chicks hatched. Second eaglet died. First eaglet “Noah” released into the wild in May.