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One of two eggs belonging to the resident pair of Big Bear bald eagles starting to hatch Thursday night.

“We have a glitch! Hatching in progress !! “the Friends of Big Bear Valley announced on their Facebook page. The organization operates the 24-hour” Big Bear Bald Eagle Cam “, where fans tune in daily to watch the couple’s daily events. Bald eagles Jackie and Shadow and – yes – can witness the imminent arrival of the eaglet live.

At 10 p.m., the eaglet could be heard chirping inside the egg.

Currently there are two eggs in the nest, which is located on the northwest side of Big Bear Lake. The area around it has been closed to protect the birds as well as their potential offspring.

Jackie has actually laid a total of five eggs in two broods this year, but only the two from the second brood are viable. The original three eggs were all lost: two were ravaged by crows, while a third broke during the laying process.

Jackie laid her next two eggs on February 8 and 11. With an incubation period of around 35 to 38 days, monitoring for seeds officially began on March 15, according to Friends of Big Bear Valley. Last month, after Jackie laid her fourth egg of the year, the US Forest Service said the chicks could make an appearance. around March 18.

The hatching process can take several days and begins with the pip, that is, when the eaglet makes the first hole in the shell. “You can see the eggs moving before and during hatching,” an article on Big Bear Valley Friends Facebook Page declared.

The pair of bald eagles diligently guarded their nest in anticipation of the hatching, brooding the eggs in the middle snow and freezing temperatures who entered the region to start the week.

Sometimes, however, the eggs don’t hatch at all, which happened to Jackie’s brood last year. Nest failure can occur for a variety of reasons, including a lack of fertilization during mating, embryos not during the incubation period or the inability of eaglets to emerge from their shells, according to the Forest Service.