National Arboretum eagle lays second egg of season

WASHINGTON — The First Lady, a bald eagle living high up in a Tulip Poplar tree at the National Arboretum, laid her second egg of the season on Wednesday afternoon, according to the American Eagle Foundation.

Foundation president Al Cecere said viewers of saw the new egg arrive at 2:46 p.m.

“We are very pleased about the outcome of the egg-laying phase of this year’s nesting season,” Cecere said in a statement.

The First Lady produced her first egg of the season on March 25 at about 4:30 p.m. The eggs will be incubated for about 35 days, which means the baby eagles could be revealed in early May.

Bald eagle fans can keep up with the eggs and their parents at

Cecere said it’s fun to imagine the conversations the eagles must be having with each other as they break up the egg-care duties each day. “It’s always endearing and exciting to watch the behaviors of an eagle pair,” he said. “Sometimes they almost appear to banter about who gets to watch over the eggs or chicks next.”

The eagle’s nest cameras went online in 2015, and the cameras are powered by large mobile solar panels. The cameras are connected to the ground station with a half-mile of fiber optic cable.

Dan Friedell

Dan Friedell is a digital writer for WTOP. He came to the D.C. area in 2007 to work as digital editor for, and since then has worked for a number of local and national news organizations.

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