Watch 2 California Bald Eagles Tend to Nest on Snowy Days

Watch bald eagles Jackie and Shadow tend to their nest with two eggs near Big Bear Lake, California.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – A pair of bald eagles are again tending to their nest with a pair of eggs this year near Big Bear Lake in the mountains of southern California. The Friends of Big Bear Valley streaming video shows both the female eagle, named Jackie, returning to the nest one snowy morning to take over nesting duties from the larger male named Shadow.

One egg was laid on January 22, and the second arrived three days later. Big Bear Valley friends say the chicks could start hatching soon.

Last year, the pair also laid two eggs, but neither survived.

The nest is in a pine about 145 feet above the ground.

Snow and ice make travel risky on many of California’s mountain highways as a very cold and windy storm rolls in.

Many parts of the state experienced freezing temperatures early Wednesday and a widespread hard freeze is forecast for early Thursday.

Bald Eagle Facts

  • Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Average lifespan in the wild: 28 years
  • Adult Male Length: About 3 feet
  • Wingspan adult male: 6.6 feet
  • Adult female length: About 6.5 feet
  • Adult female wingspan: 8 feet
  • Weight: 6.5 to 14 pounds
  • Nests: About 5 feet wide, but some older nests can be double that
  • How long for the eggs to hatch: A little over a month
  • Both males and females take care of incubating the eggs and feeding the young
  • Only eagle native only to North America
  • American national bird since 1782

Eagle Fact Sources: National Geographic, Britannica

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