And then there were two.
Wildlife experts say there is now a second bald eagle egg in a nest at a D.C. police facility in Southeast Washington.
The District’s wildlife biologist, Dan Rauch, said Tuesday that a second egg has been found in the nest. The other one was laid early last week.
The parents of the eggs at the D.C. police facility are Liberty, the mother, and Justice, the father. The pair has kept a nest at the site for 11 years. Their nest sits about 100 feet up in an oak tree at the police academy.
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Officials are keeping close tabs on the pair and the eggs. Their nest and the incubation can be seen on a live stream.
Liberty, the female eagle, is mainly responsible for incubating the eggs and caring for the young eaglets when they hatch, officials said. Justice, the male eagle, has the “crucial job of catching fish and bringing them for his mate and hatchlings,” wildlife experts wrote on a YouTube page that tracks the live eagle camera.
The eggs require an incubation period of about 35 days. And like any celebration these days, the eagle has its own hashtag, #EggWatch2017, on social media.
There are now at least three bald eagle nests in the District that are tracked, including one on the Department of Homeland Security campus in Southeast and another at the U.S. National Arboretum in Northeast.
Wildlife experts said they are “still waiting” for an egg to be laid in the coming weeks at the National Arboretum and they’re checking the one at the Homeland Security campus as well for eggs. Typically, bald eagles lay one to two eggs, according to Rauch.
“It always makes me like a nervous parent,” said Rauch at midday on Tuesday as he was driving to check on the nest at the arboretum.
Having this many bald eagle nests in the city is considered a wildlife success. Bald eagles left the area in the late 1940s because of pollution and environmentalists have been trying to restore them for decades.