Bald eagle lays egg after mating on camera in Big Bear Lake, California


A live webcam in California’s Big Bear Valley captured two bald eagles attempting to mate Thursday morning.
Courtesy of, Palm Springs Desert Sun

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Cigars and baby showers are in store for a pair of California bald eagles who finally have an egg after likely numerous attempts at procreating. 

Mom and dad were filmed mating last month in a nest on the north side of Big Bear Lake. And it appears their efforts paid off, as U.S. Forest Service officials announced that the mom has laid an egg, with a second one possibly on the way.

You’ll have to be patient if you want to know if it’s a boy or girl. Incubation duties are on tap for both parents and they’re going to last about 35 days.

“This regulates the temperature of the egg so the embryo can develop. If all goes well, we should see a hatching around April 10,” Robin Eliason, a Forest Service biologist, said in a statement.

Footage shows the parents mating a month ago – Feb. 7 – during a process that lasted a matter of seconds and barely appeared to involve procreating.

After a little bit of squawking, the male got onto the female’s back for a few seconds before hopping off. Experts assured they were mating and added that other off-camera mating attempts were likely. 

A new family of bald eagles may be on the horizon, but don’t plan on dropping in on them any time soon.

The eagles’ nesting area is closed to the public because they’re sensitive to human interference and may abandon nest if they feel threatened, according to the Forest Service.

Law enforcement officials are in the area to prevent trespassing.

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Anyone interested in seeing other bald eagles has a shot Saturday during the final bald eagle count of the season.

It’s happening at five Inland Empire lakes: Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Lake Hemet and Lake Perris State Recreation Area.

Bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007 and their North American resurgence is considered a wildlife conservation achievement.


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