AVON LAKE, OH (WOIO) -For about two weeks the internet was captivated waiting for April the giraffe to give birth and she kept us waiting and waiting and waiting.
That won’t be the case for a pair of eagles in Avon Lake.
Every year a pair of bald eagles has nested in a tree near Redwood Elementary School and a live web camera has helped monitor the eagles and their eggs.
The birds, named Star and Stripes by the students, are currently sitting on three eggs.
Based on a Facebook page run by the Avon Lake City Schools the first egg was laid on Feb. 28, at 4:02 p.m. followed by two more eggs.
“Eggs incubate approximately 35 days,” according to John Windau, Wildlife Communications Manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “It can take a day for the hatchling to completely break free of the egg after pipping (cracking the egg).”
Based on those numbers the first eaglet should hatch on April 4, within a day or two.
The second egg should hatch on April 7, and the final egg on April 10.
“These are wild birds, and there are no guarantees. However, in most cases, all three birds hatch and survive,” Windau said.
New this year, is an interactive 360 degree live camera above the nest that gives you a bird’s-eye view.
In Ohio the bald eagle numbers have made a strong come back from when they were on the endangered list.
“We estimate that in 2018 there were 286 eagle nests in the state, with mature eagles raising approximately 445 young eaglets," Windau said.
In 1979 there were just four eagles nests in the state.