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Pittsburgh Eagle Cam

About: After an absence of more than 150 years, bald eagles are back living in the City of Pittsburgh. This historic pair of once endangered raptors is nesting again in 2015 for a third year on a steep bluff above the Monongahela River in Hays near Pittsburgh's South Side. The web cam is sponsored by PixController, the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and Verizon.

From December until February, expect to see the eagles nest building and doing repairs. This is the time for courtship, bonding and mating. The following are last year´s key moments.

19 Hays pair laid first egg
28 First egg hatched
2 Third egg hatched
20 First eaglet leaves nest
22 Second egg laid 30 Second egg hatched   21 Second eaglet leaves nest
25 Third egg laid     27 Third eaglet leaves nest

Stray bald eagle does flyby at Hays nest

By Mary Ann Thomas
A stray bald eagle caused a stir at the bald eagle nest in the Hays section of Pittsburgh Wednesday. Both male and female nesting birds …

Eagles again flourishing in Western Pa.

February 23, 2015
By Mary Ann Thomas
It’s officially a comeback. In southwestern Pennsylvania, the once-endangered bald eagle is believed to be nesting at about 23 sites, with the greatest number in Armstrong County, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission southwest region office. ...

‘Eagle killer’ bacteria has spared Pennsylvania so far

February 23, 2015
By Mary Ann Thomas
A toxin known as “eagle killer” has resulted in the deaths of bald eagles in the southern United States but has not been found in Pennsylvania, according to state officials. University of Georgia researchers have identified the bacteria, Aetokthonos hydrillicola, meaning “eagle killer lives on hydrilla,” which attack the brains of ...

Harmar bald eagles expecting; second egg for Hays pair

February 20, 2015
By Jodi Weigand
The Harmar bald eagles have their first egg of this season, the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania said Friday. “We didn’t see the egg directly but, by their behavior, we’re almost certain there’s an egg in ...

Pittsburgh eagles lay season’s 1st egg

February 17, 2015
By Mary Ann Thomas
The first pair of eagles to build a nest in Pittsburgh in 150 years laid their first egg of the season Tuesday. The egg was spotted at 7:37 p.m. at the eagles’ nest high atop a ...

Hays ‘eagle cams’ reinstalled for 2015 nesting season

December 18, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and PixController installed two webcams Thursday morning at the bald eagle nest in the Hays neighborhood in Pittsburgh. According to Bill Powers, president of PixController, the cam installation went well ...

Pittsburgh eagle webcam closes down for year

August 20, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
Digging in his climbing spurs into the tree more than 30 feet up, Derek Spitler of the Pennsylvania Game Commission took down the webcam for the bald eagle nest in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood on Tuesday ...

PixController honored by Audubon Society for Hays eagle nest camera

July 31, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
The almost 3.4 million views of a webcam trained on the bald eagle nest in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood netted PixController of Murrysville an environmental award from the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening. PixController, ...

Baby eagle in Maine dies on webcam as startled viewers watch live

June 26, 2014
By The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine — Wildlife webcam operators around the world are grappling with a problem: Viewers don’t want to see any harm come to critters they’ve grown to love. Officials caved in to protests about the grittier side of nature last month in Minnesota, attempting to rescue a baby eagle with a ...

Eaglets leaving the nest, but they’re not yet ready to strike out on their own

June 25, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
As the third and final bald eaglet is expected to soon depart from its historic aerie in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood, expect the young to hang around the nest area for about two months. This is the Hays family of eagles’ second year of nesting — the first bald eagles to nest ...

First Hays eaglet fledges the nest

June 20, 2014
By Liz Hayes  and Mary Ann Thomas
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 ...

Eaglets prepare to take wing in Pittsburgh, Harmar

June 2, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
There’s a whole lotta flapping going on. The three eaglets in the bald eagle nest in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood and the one eaglet in Harmar will spread their wings to leave the nests within the next ...

Dead bald eagle in eastern Pa. killed by euthanizing drugs

May 23, 2014
By The Associated Press
MOUNT POCONO — State game officials say a bald eagle found dead at the base of a popular eagle nest in eastern Pennsylvania was killed by drugs used to euthanize animals. The Lancaster News reports that the Pennsylvania Game Commission believes the eagle fed on the carcass of an animal that ...

Health department must approve rat extermination plan

May 6, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
With complaints from the state Game Commission and bald eagle watchers on the use of poison to exterminate rats near the eagle nest in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Health Department will need to first approve a “safe” extermination plan, according to Guillermo Cole, health department spokesman. GGMJS LLC, which bought a ...

Pittsburgh bald eagles at risk from rat poison

May 5, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas and Bob Bauder
The Pennsylvania Game Commission and eagle watchers are concerned that the Pittsburgh bald eagle family could ingest rat poison used to kill vermin in a newly sold recycling center. Rat poisons can kill raptors if ...

Audubon Society confirms first hatching at Harmar nest

April 10, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
Harmar has an eaglet, too. The hatching of a bald eaglet on the bluff above Route 28 has been confirmed by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. Although not equipped with a live web cam such ...

Youngest of 3 Hays eaglets eating as parents have provided a lot of food

April 9, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
“Feed the small one.” That’s the mantra among webcam watchers at the Pittsburgh eagle nest in Hays, where the tiniest eaglet, which was not expected to survive, is growing and has been seen pushing ahead of ...

Third eaglet hatches at Hays nest

April 2, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
The Pittsburgh eagles are batting three for three, as the once-endangered birds welcomed their third and final eaglet for the season on Wednesday at 2:49 p.m. The hatch was confirmed by PixController, the Murrysville-based company which ...

Leechburg elementary eagle-watchers make ‘NBC Nightly News’

April 2, 2014
By Braden Ashe
Those watching the Pittsburgh Hays bald eagle’s nest in anticipation of the clutch’s final hatch on Tuesday missed Leechburg Area elementary students on national television for the same thing. Debbi Young’s fifth-grade class at David Leech ...

Second eaglet emerges at Pittsburgh nest

March 30, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
And then there were two: A second eaglet at the Pittsburgh Hays bald eagle nest hatched Sunday at 7:17 a.m., according to PixController and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. This is the second eaglet to ...

Another eaglet anticipated to hatch soon in Hays nest

March 29, 2014
By Mary Ann Thomas
Two to go: A second eaglet at the Pittsburgh Hays bald eagles nest is expected to hatch within the next several days, according to experts. This is the second nesting season of this historic eagle pair ...

First Pittsburgh bald eagle egg hatches

March 28, 2014
By Liz Hayes and Mary Ann Thomas
And baby makes three ... for now. The first of three eggs laid by the bald eagles nesting in Pittsburgh began to hatch on Friday afternoon. The eaglet was first seen about 2:30 p.m. when a parent ...