Hays bald eagles lay 2nd egg in Pittsburgh nest

Mary Ann Thomas

Published February 15, 2019


The bald eagles in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood laid their second egg of the season at their nest Friday.

The Hays eagles, in their seventh season, generally lay two to three eggs in their nest overlooking the Monongahela River and the Pittsburgh skyline.

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, which operates a live webcam with CSE Corp. on the Hays nest, documents the eagles, which are the first pair to nest in Pittsburgh city limits in more than 150 years.

The first egg was laid on Tuesday.

Both eagles will take turns incubating the eggs, which are expected to hatch in 35 days in the order they were laid. The birds typically lay one to three eggs, two to four days apart.

The birds sometimes lay eggs that don’t hatch.

Since they began nesting in Hays, the eagles have produced at least one eaglet each season. They produced one eaglet in 2013, ‘17 and ‘18; two in 2016; three in 2014; and none in 2015.

In Allegheny County, other eagle nests are located in Harmar, Crescent Township, the McKeesport area and North Park.

Another nest has been suspected but not found for a pair of eagles frequenting the Allegheny River near Harrison Hills Park in Harrison .

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