Hanover Bald Eagle Live Cam
A 24/7 Live View into Hanover, Pennsylvania's Bald Eagle Nest
In Partnership with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Comcast Business
A second view of this nest is available on our Hanover Nest IR Cam.
HDOnTap has partnered once again with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to bring you this front seat view of two Bald Eagles during their 2018 breeding season! A second live Eagle Cam with IR was added last year to bring a 24/7 view into the nest. The bald eagle's history in Pennsylvania is a precarious one. Only 30 years ago, Pennsylvania had a mere three nests left in the entire state. With the help of the Canadian government and several agencies including the Pennsylvania Game Commission, bald eagle chicks were brought back to PA to reintroduce bald eagles to the Northeast. Enjoy the live streaming Bald Eagle Nest Cam.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clutch of two eggs, no hatches, no fledges
- January 3, 2018 - Cameras turned on for the season
- February 20, 2018 - First egg laid (watch clip)
- February 23, 2018 - Second egg laid (watch clip)
- Events of March 17, 2018 and beyond:
The cameras were disrupted and unavailable due to an electrical malfunction from the morning of March 17th to early March 19th.
During this time, the PGC reported that there appeared to be another adult eagle around the nest. From the PGC:
“Extra” bald eagles may be adults that have not yet paired up and claimed a territory; they may attempt to interfere with this pair in order to claim a mate or territory. With the population filling the available habitat in many parts of Pennsylvania, it would not be surprising to see some increase in nest failure as a result of these interferences and competition disrupting the care of nest and young. The big takeaway lesson, bald eagles are well-adapted to Pennsylvania. They are well-adapted at selecting nest sites, building nests, and caring for eggs and young. This is one of the great lessons of the Game Commission’s bald eagle recovery effort and its annual monitoring of active eagle nests. As bald eagles are filling available habitat in some parts of the state, there will be some conflicts between competing eagles. We have never in modern history been witness to such conflict events and we will all learn as we go. In most conceivable circumstances, nature will be allowed to take its course without intervention. Should an injured eagle end up grounded, the Game Commission could facilitate its transfer to a licensed rehabilitation facility.
It is not possible to know the events that transpired while the cameras were shut off, however, it appears that the "extra" adult eagle engaged the resident eagles in conflict at the nest, potentially in an effort to claim territory. It is unclear what happened to the resident female (commonly referred to by viewers as "Liberty", although the PGC does not name wildlife). It appears that the resident male (commonly referred to as "Freedom") continued to incubate the eggs alone and may have been subject to additional conflicts with the "extra" adult eagle over the next few days.
- March 21, 2018 - The two eggs were left unattended during a winter storm and were exposed to harsh conditions, ultimately becoming buried under the falling snow. The eggs are believed to have become non-viable due to these events.
- March 22, 2018 - The "extra" adult eagle (now being referred to by viewers as "Lucy" and distinguishable by black markings on the tail wing tips) and the resident male made several visits to the nest throughout the day, both alone and together. In the evening hours after a joint visit, the black tipped eagle consumed one or possibly both of the eggs.
- Late March and beyond - The nest continued to see visits from various eagles, including juveniles. While it is not possible to know for certain which eagles visited the nest, it is widely speculated that the adults included Freedom, Lucy and Liberty.
- May 4, 2018 - Cameras turned down for the season
Clutch of two eggs, two hatches, two fledges
- December 28, 2016 - Cameras turned on for the season
- February 10, 2017 - First egg laid
- February 13, 2017 - Second egg laid
- March 20, 2017 - First hatch
- March 21, 2017 - Second hatch
- June 7, 2017 - Both eaglets fledged
- July 3, 2017 - Cameras turned off for the season
Clutch of two eggs, one hatch, no fledges
- December 17, 2015 - Cameras turned on for the season
- February 18, 2016 - First egg laid
- February 21, 2016 - Second egg laid
- March 28, 2016 - First hatch
- March 30, 2016 - Hatchling deceased, perhaps injured by a branch being moved in the nest
- May 23, 2016 - Unhatched egg removed from the nest by one of the adults
- June 1, 2016 - Cameras turned off for the season
Clutch of two eggs, two hatches, two fledges
- February 14 - First egg laid
- February 17 - Second egg laid
- March 24 - First hatch
- March 25 - Second hatch
- June 22 - Both eaglets fledged
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