Second eaglet emerges at National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

By UPI Staff  |  March 20, 2016 at 12:56 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- The nest cam at the U.S. National Arboretum revealed Sunday the arrival of a second eagle hatchling after days of anticipation.

The second eaglet, named DC3, made its entrance in the early morning hours. The American Eagle Foundation confirmed the eaglet was completely out of its shell Sunday morning, NBC Washington reported.

The parenting pair began nesting at Washington, D.C.'s, arboretum high in a tulip poplar tree in 2014, the first eagle pair to nest in that location since 1947, according to the nest cam web page.

The two eagles were named "Mr. President" and "The First Lady" and the public is invited to view their daily goings-on 24/7 during nesting season.

Julia Cecere, publicity, marketing and social media manager for the American Eagle Foundation, said they believe the second eaglet fully emerged at 3 a.m. Sunday. She said the team was able to get video of all four in the nest Sunday morning.

Photos from the nest cam on Saturday showed the second egg had begun the pipping process, which is when the outer shell begins to crack due to activity inside the shell. The pipping action was first noticed at 9 a.m. Saturday, but eaglets take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours to fully emerge, Cecere said.

DC2 hatched at 8:27 a.m. on Friday.

The eagle pair's first offspring from this nesting site, DC1, hatched last season.

After that successful hatching last year, the American Eagle Foundation partnered with the National Arboretum to install and stream two high definition video cameras from the top of the tulip poplar.

The cameras, powered by a large mobile solar array designed and built by Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology, was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment.

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