Second eaglet egg laid by Liberty and Justice hatches
Egg number 2 hatching (Photo/Earth Conservation Corps)
WASHINGTON - The second of two eggs laid by eagle parents Liberty and Justice has finally hatched!
The yet to-be-named eaglet ECC4 hatched Monday evening after it "pipped" (began to crack) Sunday morning. That egg was laid on Feb 11.
It can take the eaglet up to 48 hours to break through the thin eggshell once it is ready to hatch.
The first of the two eggs, eaglet ECC3, was laid on February 7 and hatched at around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
A pip was spotted in that egg Friday morning.
Proud parents Liberty and Justice nest 110 feet above the Metropolitan Police Department Training Academy in Southeast D.C.
The bald eagles have been nesting in an oak tree at the police academy in Southeast D.C. since 2004. They have been laying one to two eggs every year here ever since.
Last year, an eaglet named Spirit hatched in mid-March after Liberty and Justice laid two eggs at their nest. Unfortunately, the second egg was non-viable and did not hatch.
The Earth Conservation Corps has set up a live web camera placed in Liberty and Justice’s nest that is about 110 feet in the air. You can watch them on EagleCam.org or in the video player below:
Since 1994, the Earth Conservation Corps has been working to bring bald eagles back to Washington D.C. after the birds had not been spotted in the city since 1946.
For more information about the organization, go to EarthConservationCorps.org.