PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The last eaglet has officially left the nest.
Friday morning, the last bald eaglet in Hays spread its wings and left – although not very gracefully.
Watch the video here!
It’s a bit tough to see, but in the Pix Controller video, it almost looks like the eaglet just falls out of the tree.
The first eaglet fledged last week – while the other two were still “branching” – a term used by birders to describe when the birds explore the outer edges of the nest or nearby branches.
Experts say the odds are against them, but so far the eaglets have beaten the odds.
Birds – eagles included – have only a 50-50 chance of surviving the first year. So the odds are against all three making it. Still, so far, so good. Early on, the last born eaglet could have been eaten by others for food.
Game Commission officials estimated early on that the eagles would likely leave the nest in July. So far their estimations have been pretty accurate.