CRESCENT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Back in the winter months, a pair of American bald eagles — the first here in Allegheny County in generations — were still busy adding on to their nest in Crescent Township.
After two years of trying, it appears that the two have a new addition. And eaglet makes three.
Today from afar, KDKA’s Andy Sheehan spotted one of the eagles leaving the nest and then about an hour later fly back in.
And during all that time – a KDKA-TV crew caught glimpses of a younger speckled bird in the nest obscured by heavy foliage.
Last week, Pennsylvania Game Commission Officer Gary Fujak made a positive ID on the young eaglet when it stepped out into the open.
“He was just looking around like the young looking at his new environment, and I could clearly see it,” Fujak said.
For the next few weeks, the father will be flying in and out of the nest bringing fish and other food to nurture the eaglet into a fledgling. On or about the Fourth of July it should ready for its first flight.
And after a few weeks of hunting and fishing in the Ohio River Basin, the young eagle will fly off on its own.
“We’re thinking that most likely he’ll fly north, but the adults – the male and the female – they’re territorial and they’re going to stay here,” Fujak explained.
In just a few weeks, the eagle will spread its wings and fly to part unknown leaving this pair of empty-nesters to get to work for next year.