3 Bald Eagle Eggs Will Soon Hatch in Big Bear

The proud parents, Jackie and Shadow, will soon have three chicks, and the big event is being broadcast on YouTube.
3 Bald Eagle Eggs Will Soon Hatch in Big Bear
One of the bald eagle parents awaits the hatchings in Big Bear Valley on Feb. 29, 2024. (Friends of Big Bear Valley)
Rudy Blalock
The countdown has begun for the hatching of three bald eagle eggs in California’s Big Bear Valley, with a live webcam view available on YouTube.

The hatching was initially expected to start around 4:55 p.m. Feb. 29, according to the nonprofit Friends of Big Bear Valley, who provide live updates on social media, but the moment came and went with the eggs still intact.

“I’m so Egg-cited, I just can’t hide it! We are 11 hours away from official PIP Watch,” the group announced on Instagram earlier on Thursday.
The “pip,” the group explains on its Facebook page, is a small rise in the eggshell and is visible only up close.

During the hatching process when a baby chick needs more air—as oxygen in the egg membrane is depleted—it uses a small protrusion, or “egg tooth,” on top of its beak to poke through the egg membrane and create an internal pip.

When it pokes through the eggshell, it creates an external pip, the group explains. The Friends’ Facebook page has nearly 670,000 followers.

“The initial pip usually looks like a small raise, often shaped like a star, and is only visible when the camera is zoomed in. The eggs may have some dirt smudges or fluff stuck on them—those are not pips,” they said in the Instagram post.

The eagle couple are Jackie and Shadow, whose three eggs were laid Jan. 25, 28 and 31, according to the nonprofit’s website. The first egg’s estimated pip was expected Feb. 29 based on a previous hatching that took 38 to 39 days, according to recent posts on the Facebook page.

However, one difference is that these eggs are the couple’s first “full three-egg clutch,” and this time the first egg received “considerably more delayed” incubation time because of the other eggs.

Baby chicks weigh about 3 ounces when hatched and need warmth from their parents until they grow thicker “natal,” a light gray fur, which takes about two weeks, they added.

Thanks to one wide angle and one close-up camera, the eagle nest can be viewed 24/7 on the nonprofit’s YouTube channel.

Rudy Blalock is a Southern California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. Originally from Michigan, he moved to California in 2017, and the sunshine and ocean have kept him here since. In his free time, he may be found underwater scuba diving, on top of a mountain hiking or snowboarding—or at home meditating, which helps fuel his active lifestyle.
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