PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In case, you haven’t heard, an eaglet hatched Friday afternoon at that nest in Hays.

And by Friday night, fans of the bald eagles were “flocking” to maybe catch a glimpse of one of the proud parents.

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“They’re just wonderful,” said Kathy Hartos from Dravosburg. “I just think it’s fantastic!”

She admits that she’s a little addicted to the Eagle Cam set up by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pix Controller.

“My husband and I will turn it on in the evening and just watch it,” she said. “It’s just really interesting to watch them!”

Anyone watching Friday afternoon would have seen the new eaglet poke and peck its way of the shell.

Watch video of the egg hatching here!

Later on, mom sat on top of the eaglet and the other eggs to keep them warm, which Gary Fujak from the Pennsylvania Game Commission says is exactly what she should do for the baby bird.

“The downy feathers on it now, it can’t self-regulate its temperature,” said Fujak. “It needs mom to keep it warm.”

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Dotty Farally brought her 6-year-old cousin, Gabbi, down to the trail along the river in Hays to try to catch a glimpse of the eagles the little girl has been watching on the Eagle Cam in school.

“This is the first time we’ve come down to see it,” said Farally. “We saw that he was hatching, so we came down to experience it a little bit.”

As for when the two other eggs will hatch, Fujak says, “If they were still viable, if the embryos are still good, they should hatch in the next six days. We should have all three of them there.”

He says the eaglets will hang around until about July 4 when he says they’ll fly away for good.

Here is video of the first eaglet!

Click here to watch the LIVE Bald Eagle Cam!

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