Feb 1, 2010. A day of hope and some promise. Both the adults have been busy today putting pine straw under their egg. Compare the photos from today with those of yesterday. Yesterday the egg was layed on a level layer of snow with just a few sprigs of pine straw about. Today the pocket is 3 or 4 inches deeper and filled with pine straw – green pine straw, which means they have been bringing it to the nest today.
Lots of questions about why the adults are not incubating the egg all the time. Eagles usually lay their eggs about 2 to almost 4 days apart. The eggs usually hatch 1 to 3 days apart. The part time incubating slows the very early development of the embryo, thus the closer hatching dates. This is a very experienced pair of eagles. They have raised 12 eaglets to fledging age and have another at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Trust them. They know what they are doing better than we do.