Second baby eagle hatches at National Arboretum

Watch a livestream of the National Arboretum eagle nest on the American Eagle Foundation’s website. Check out a livestream of D.C.’s other famous eagle pair at the D.C. Police Academy on the Earth Conservation Corps’ website

WASHINGTON — Make way for eaglet No 2.

A day after its sibling hatched, a second eaglet in the National Arboretum’s eagle nest began breaking free of its shell, the American Eagle Foundation said Thursday.

The foundation has been tracking the hatching process via a high-definition live stream trained on the eagle nest, known as the DC Eagle Cam. The eaglet officially hatched at 1:54 p.m. Thursday, the foundation said.

The baby eagles are the progeny of famous D.C. bald eagle pair “Mr. President” and “First Lady,” who have parented three other eagles from their perch in the D.C. park.

The first baby eagle hatched 7:21 a.m. Wednesday. The second baby made the first crack in its shell, known as a “pip,” around 6:15 a.m. Thursday.

The two eggs were laid Feb. 19 and Feb. 23.

The second eaglet peeks out at the world through its "pip" -- the first crack in a soon-to-hatch egg. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG)
The second eaglet peeks out at the world through its “pip” — the first crack in a soon-to-hatch egg. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG) (© 2017 American Eagle Foundatio)
Breaking free:  The second eaglet in the nest at the National Arboretum began hatching March 30.  (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG)
Breaking free: The second eaglet in the nest at the National Arboretum began hatching March 30. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG) (© 2017 American Eagle Foundatio)
Breaking free: The second eaglet in the nest at the National Arboretum began hatching March 30. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG) (© 2017 American Eagle Foundatio)
Breaking free: The second eaglet in the nest at the National Arboretum began hatching March 30. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG) (© 2017 American Eagle Foundatio)
Breaking free: The second eaglet in the nest at the National Arboretum began hatching March 30. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG) (© 2017 American Eagle Foundatio)
Breaking free: The second eaglet in the nest at the National Arboretum began hatching March 30. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG) (© 2017 American Eagle Foundatio)
Breaking free: The second eaglet in the nest at the National Arboretum began hatching March 30. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG) (© 2017 American Eagle Foundatio)
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The second eaglet peeks out at the world through its "pip" -- the first crack in a soon-to-hatch egg. (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG)
Breaking free:  The second eaglet in the nest at the National Arboretum began hatching March 30.  (© 2017 American Eagle Foundation, DCEAGLECAM.ORG)


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