First Hays eaglet fledges the nest
The eaglet has landed: One of three bald eaglets nesting above the Monongahela River in Hays fledged sometime on Friday, according to several nest observers.
The live web camera that's been trained on the nest since winter showed one of the eaglets flying from the nest to branches higher in the tree about 10:14 a.m. The bird never returns to the camera's view.
“They've confirmed it on the ground,” said Bill Powers, president and chief executive officer of PixController, a Murrysville-based company that installed the camera in December in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The remaining two eagles in the nest could fledge in the next few days, according to officials from the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.
Powers said birders who watch the nest from a nearby trail saw the mother eagle feeding the fledgling on the ground on Friday afternoon.
Because of heavy foliage on the tree and the relatively narrow scope of the web camera, it was difficult to pinpoint precisely when the eaglet flew the coop.
Dana Nesiti, a photographer from West Homestead, said the young bird flew along the ridge toward the city of Pittsburgh and was perched in a tree about 200 yards from the nest.
One of the parent eagles perched above the juvenile and circled above it, he said.
The two remaining eaglets continue to flap their wings and fly-hop to nearby branches, as they prepare to fledge.
Jim Bonner, executive director of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, said the adults will continue to look out for the fledgling.
“If you want to find the eaglet, look for the parents because the parents will be tending to the eaglet,” he said. “This is a very vulnerable time for the eaglet as it takes its first flight and is not very good at landing yet.”
Powers said they believe the fledgling is actually the second eaglet that hatched, not the first.
Brian Shema, director of conservation for the Audubon Society, said the bird that fledged is a male, as the males will leave the nest before the juvenile females.
The newly fledged bird could visit the nest again if his siblings are still there, according to Shema.
“If the other two don't fledge in the course of the next couple of days, I wouldn't be surprised to see that first eagle return because there is food there.”
The adult eagle pair, in their second nesting season in the city's Hays neighborhood, laid their first egg of the year on Feb. 19. The second egg — the suspected fledgling — was laid on Feb. 22. The third egg appeared on Feb. 25.
The adult pair are believed to be the first bald eagles to nest in Pittsburgh in at least 150 years.
“This is a great story for the city of Pittsburgh,” Powers said.
He's thrilled all three eaglets have made it to this point.
“It's amazing we've had a successful nesting season,” Powers said. “I'm glad nothing bad happened.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Butler organization seeks answers for unexplained phenomena
- Grandview Upper Elementary in Tarentum marks 100th anniversary with open house
- Alle-Kiski Valley municipalities to re-evaluate how to pay for police protection
- ‘Banshee’ props, inventory up for sale
- ATI picketer injured at Harrison mill
- AK Valley firefighters brush up in high-rise drill