First egg of 2017 arrives for Arconic eagles

RIVERDALE, Iowa - It appears the first egg of the season has arrived for Liberty & Justice. 

Viewers of the Arconic EagleCam spotted it at about 2:47pm Tuesday afternoon. The new nest is fairly deep so it has been hard to confirm, but the behavior of Liberty & Justice since then is unmistakable.

The company says it will be interesting to see how many more eggs they get over the next 5-7 days. This puts them on track for a hatch sometime after March 21.

The pair of bald eagles joined the Arconic Davenport community in Iowa in 2009. They built their 7-foot nest on a 400-acre facility in a tree near the Mississippi River. In the spring of 2010 they fledged a pair of eaglets and later that year the company installed its first Eaglecam.

Employees and the community helped name the eagle pair Liberty and Justice. Since the spring of 2010, Liberty and Justice have fledged eleven eaglets from this nest.

Since the camera was installed nearly 30 million visitors from around the world have tuned in to witness an American icon, the bald eagle, developing live within this unique eco-system. In the fall and winter the eagles use the nest to eat and prepare the nest for the next season. Eagles nesting in Iowa typically lay eggs in mid-late February and the eggs hatch in mid-late March. The eaglets grow quickly and are ready to fly “fledge” in late May or early June.

You can watch the live EagleCam by clicking here.

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