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First egg of 2015 laid in Decorah eagles' nest. (Raptor Resource Project)
First egg of 2015 laid in Decorah eagles’ nest. (Raptor Resource Project)


DECORAH, Iowa — The Decorah eagles are ready to expand their family. The first egg of 2015 has made an appearance in the nest!

The egg was laid at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday and the event was captured on the camera attached to the tree where the eagles built their nest. The Raptor Resource Project runs the camera and livestream.

The nest is located across the street from the DNR fish hatchery, which provides the eagles with access to plenty of delicious fish.

This is the eagle pair’s 21st egg. Over the years the two have successfully raised 20 eaglets into juvenile eagles. Unfortunately some of their offspring haven’t survived to find mates of their own. At least three of their offspring have been killed by electrocution after landing on power lines. Another suffered a severely injured wing and is now in captivity, serving a role as an animal ambassador.

The incubation period for an eagle egg is about 35 days. Last year’s first egg was laid on February 23rd and hatched on April 2nd.

You can watch the Eagle Cam here.