HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- It looks like we'll have just one eaglet at the Carolina Raptor Center this nesting season.
"CRC eagle experts have determined that it is unlikely that Savannah’s second egg will hatch," said Michele Miller Houck, community relations director at Carolina Raptor Center.
The first egg was laid at 4:07 p.m. January 18. A second egg was laid four or five days later.
Savannah and Derek took turns incubating the eggs. One of the eggs hatched Saturday, February 25.
Even though the eggs were laid a few days apart, the first eaglet is already 11 days old. Savannah seems to be persistent, however, and continues to roll and incubate the remaining egg.
"Resident bird care staff will not go into the aviary and remove the egg, but rather prefer to leave it there undisturbed until the parents kick it out or dispose of it," said Houck.
In 2009, two eggs were laid and neither hatched. Both were consumed by the parents after they determined that they were not viable. In 2010, three eggs were hatched and one disappeared right before the other two hatched.
When the eaglet is six weeks old it will be moved to a hack tower to learn to feed and hunt on its own. It will eventually be released into the wild.