HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – A second egg was spotted in Savannah’s nest at the Carolina Raptor Center early Sunday morning.
Savannah laid her first egg of the 2012 nesting season on Wednesday around 4 p.m. Staff at the Carolina Raptor Center believe the second egg was laid sometime overnight Saturday. Eagles lay eggs about two to four days apart.
Last year Savannah and Derek had two eggs in their nest and research shows that two is the average clutch size.
Thanks to a partnership between the Carolina Raptor Center and WCNC, throughout the next few months, you will be able to watch and listen to Savannah and Derek. For the first time you will be able to watch live video as the eggs hatch.
According to Carolina Raptor Center records, where specific, Savannah and Derek average about 33 days in incubation. The eggs are expected to hatch the week of February 20.
Savannah arrived at Carolina Raptor Center in 1998 from the Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston, South Carolina. She was found in the wild with a fractured left wing.
She has adjusted to life at Carolina Raptor Center quite well, and found her mate, Derek, inside the aviary. Savannah and Derek have raised healthy eaglets in the aviary, and Carolina Raptor Center has been able to successfully release those eaglets to the wild.