This eagle camera is brought to you by the Minnesota DNR Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. The program is largely supported by donations from people like you.
Upcoming sixth season
March 3, 2019
Don’t count your eggs before they’re laid
The most frequent question we’ve been hearing lately is whether there will be eggs. If mating is an indication (it is), there will be. When eagles mate, there could be eggs within 5 to 10 days. Eagles begin mating in the fall and early winter here in Minnesota. Mating can happen for months before an egg is actually fertilized and then laid in the nest. The normal nesting period for bald eagles in Minnesota is during the month of March. The pair on this camera have nested as early as the first week in January to the last week in February, and have lost their clutch of eggs at each end of these extremes. The first camera year the clutch was lost due to extreme cold, and last spring's clutch was also lost, likely due to constant territorial disputes. When the parents are busy defending their territory, they are forced off of their nest, leaving the eggs uncovered and vulnerable.
Can you hear me now?
Not this year. Our new camera came equipped for sound, but the camera vendor was unable to get two different microphones to function last fall. The source of the malfunction is still a mystery, and now that courtship is well underway it is too late to disturb the nest and territory.
We will have our IT staff at the nest as soon as chicks leave this year - July or August - to run tests and get sound working for next season.
Whose nest is it, anyway?
There are at least four adult eagles that have been competing for the territory this season. The original "mom" who is wearing a band on her left leg, last year's male, and an additional unidentified pair that visit frequently. The female of this pair has an identifying dark feather on her forehead, and the male has a wound on the front of his neck - likely sustained in a territorial battle.
Some photographers have documented vicious battles between several adults and juvenile eagles in the area of our nest. Territorial disputes are common in the wild and help to strengthen the species' population. The strongest birds will prevail in a fight, they will reproduce and their dominant DNA will be passed to their offspring.
We don't know which birds will dominate the nest this year, but we are confident there will be eggs and eagle chicks to watch this season. Stay tuned to EagleCam to keep up with the drama!
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We thank you again for all of your generous contributions to the Nongame Wildlife Program so we can continue to bring this amazing view into the lives of Minnesota bald eagles.
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Note to viewers:This is live video of wild bald eagles living in nature. Natural struggles will occur and some of the feeding or other wild bird behaviors may be difficult to watch. Please use discretion when watching this cam. DNR staff monitor this camera and nest.
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Learn about the EagleCam
About Bald Eagles
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the Bald Eagle has made a powerful comeback since the pesticide DDT was banned in the early 1970s. Minnesota has more Bald Eagles than any other state in the lower 48 states.
Are the adult eagles male or female?
The only visible physical difference between adult male and female American Bald eagles is their size. Females are about 1/3 larger than the males - the females have especially larger feet and beaks. Both parents incubate the eggs and switch several times a day. With this pair, the female appears to have a brighter, whiter head than the male.
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Places to see Bald Eagles
An eagle camera is a great way of getting a close-up view of nature without even leaving home. But if you live in the Twin Cities or elsewhere in Minnesota, there are lots of places outdoors such as state parks where you can watch eagles and other wildlife, and do fun things like catch fish, paddle a canoe, and more.
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