Bald Eagle Eggs Seen Hatching on State Forest Webcam

The eagles guarded the eggs over the winter, and now the payoff.

— -- After a cold and snowy winter, a pair of bald eagles at a Pennsylvania State Park have welcomed a new addition to their nest.

The first egg belonging to the viral couple at Corodus State Park hatched on Tuesday, and was captured on a webcam set up by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The birds have attracted the attention of viewers from around the globe, especially when they were spotted sheltering their eggs in the snow in early March.  As snow had piled up on the birds’ nest, one of the eagles placed its body over the eggs.

The first egg had appeared on Valentine’s Day, and the second egg was laid three days later on Feb. 17, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. As of late Tuesday, the second egg has yet to hatch.

Besides becoming stars online, the birds have attracted an audience much closer to their nest.

Residents at the Country Meadows retirement facility in York, Pennsylvania, have been watching the eagles in their nest for months, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WHTM-TV.

“It was great to see it because I’ve never seen one before like that,” resident Martha Orner told WHTM-TV.

Bonnie Gesinger, director of community life at the facility, told the television station that residents have been watching the eagles since December.

“Residents come knock on my door. They say, ‘When are you putting the eagles up?’” Geisinger told WHTM-TV.

Now that at least one of the eggs has hatched, all eyes will be focused on watching the fledgling grow until it is expected to leave the nest in late June or early July, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.