Nature ~ Big Bear Bald Eagle Cam, 02/22/2020

A snowy day for Jackie & Shadow at Big Bear Lake, California.

I have been on hatch-watch for two eaglets in Jackie & Shadow [bald eagles]. Neither egg hatched at the hoped for 35-days or after—up to 44 days [according to the U.S. Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest {comment below}]. Many of the 5K+ Big Bear Cam Followers are saddened that the eggs have not hatched. Nature is awesome…

Snow fell today at Big Bear Lake and the surrounding area. I made several screen grabs, posted above and in this Flickr Album. These are even more special because the camera operator panned the area, even showing us Shadow away from the nest. Enjoy the pictures and hope for the best for Jackie & Shadow…

See the special video segment by Cali Condor from the Big Bear Lake Cam Live Feed in this blog article published yesterday–02/22/2020.

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U.S. Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest
Yesterday at 12:49 PM ·

It’s hard to say this, but the odds of our Big Bear bald eagle nest’s eggs will hatch this year are diminishing each day. We’re on day 44 and day 41 since the eggs were laid. They typically hatch between 35-38 days; even giving them a day or two extra for slow development due to cold temperatures, the window of successful hatching is closing. We haven’t seen a definite pip (crack in the egg from the chick poking a hole in the shell) in either egg. At this point, we’ll be very (pleasantly) surprised if either egg hatches.

There are several factors that could result in a nest failure. The eggs may have been infertile from the start (incomplete fertilization during mating, etc.) or the embryos could have died during incubation (from congenital defects, weather, or environmental factors) or the chicks may not have been able to successfully break out of their shells. Chances are that Jackie and Shadow (as this pair of eagles are known) will continue incubation for another 10 days or so, but they’ll start leaving the eggs unattended for periods of time that will lengthen each day. Unattended, the eggs may be preyed upon by ravens. It is possible that Jackie and Shadow may actually consume the eggs if they break in the nest.

Sometimes Mother Nature can be harsh and disappoint us with our human hopes. Getting a glimpse into the daily lives of this beautiful bald eagle pair has been a real treat. Bald eagles have a very strong fidelity to their nest sites; thus, it is likely that they’ll be nesting in the same place next season.

The Big Bear eagle nest is on National Forest land, within an area that is currently closed to all public entry in order to protect our national bird from disturbance during the nesting season.