Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the United States, with an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It can take an entire day for the hatchlings to completely break through their egg after pipping, according to the National Eagle Center.Russ Ochs, with the Audubon Society and Mc Gough Nature Park in Florida, told NBC affiliate WXIA the eggs “will likely hatch one day apart.” Their parents will then take turns hunting and protecting the eaglets, Ochs said, and will stay at the nest for about three months, until they’re grown and can fly. Bald eagles in Florida return to their nest territories in the fall.
This is Harriet and M15’s second nesting season in Fort Myers.
When asked about the Star Tribune report, Jill Oliveira, spokeswoman for the BCA, said only that the investigation is in its early stages and that the state agency will provide information as it becomes available.
The audio of the 911 call also is not available publicly.
Females typically lay one to three eggs and incubation lasts about 35 days, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Bald eagles in the wild can live up to 28 years, according to the commission.