NORTH FORT MYERS

Recommended

The saga of Harriet the Eagle and her eggs continued to captivate the tens of thousands of people who tuned in Tuesday to the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam.

Harriet’s first eaglet, E10, hatched at 8:45 p.m., according to dickpritchettrealestate.com who owns the eagle cam.

The first egg was laid on Nov. 19, 3:24 p.m. and the second on Nov. 22, 5:36 p.m. The site is reporting an official sighting of a pip, “We have a PIP!!!! PIP seen at 8:33a.m. – December 26, 2017.”

The second egg showed its first sign of a pip at 3:21 p.m.

Harriet, a female bald eagle who’s been nesting in North Fort Myers since 2006, has become well-known over the years thanks to cameras that the nearby Dick Pritchett Real Estate agency set up and maintains. Interest has grown exponentially as the two eggs she laid in November have grown closer to hatching.

CNN, The Weather Channel, local news stations across the country — and WINK News, of course — have run live streams from the cameras, spreading the latest chapter in a story that’s featured a fight over Harriet between two lovers, the hatching of two baby eaglets and repeated injuries to one of those eaglets.

People have tuned in from as far away as China, and a viewer last year sent in a photos their pet watching and waiting:

Zorro, a 27-year-old parrot belonging to Jo Ellen Bradley of Naples, watches the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam.

The hubbub has prompted many questions from viewers eager to learn more about bald eagles. Here are some bald eagle facts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states, with an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs. The bald eagle was removed from the U.S. Fish and

Read More Here...