Webcam captures eagle in Hancock County laying an egg

Posted March 25, 2011, at 6:50 p.m.

GORHAM, Maine — Biologists at BioDiversity Research Institute announced Friday that one of their webcams captured an eagle in Hancock County laying an egg at about 1 p.m. Thursday.

The institute has two webcams positioned in undisclosed locations in Maine to watch the breeding activity of the raptors. The biologists won’t say exactly where the nests are located so that they won’t be disturbed.

But they indicated that Eaglecam1 was installed in Hancock County in February 2006, when it captured footage of a pair of nesting eagles hatching two nestlings that survived. In 2007, according to the institute, a three day Nor’easter resulted in the loss of chicks. No eggs had been laid at that site until this year.

“The resident eagles have not nested at this site since 2007, so this is very exciting,” Patrick Keenan, BRI’s outreach director and coordinator of the institute’s webcam program, said Friday in a prepared statement. “We can expect the egg to hatch in about 35 days.”

Visitors to BRI’s website, www.briloon.org, can watch the daily nesting activities of this pair of eagles in a 24-hour live feed that is offered to the public free of charge.

“These eagle webcams allow the general public a rare and intimate look into the inner sanctum of nesting eagles,” Charlie Todd, wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said in the release. “The more we know about these birds, the better equipped we are to help protect them.”

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