Hays Nest

Audubon Confirms Egg in Rebuilt Hays Nest

[Pittsburgh, PA, February 20, 2017] - Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania confirms an egg in the rebuilt Hays, PA nest. Without a webcam view into the nest, the determination is based on the adult eagles’ behaviors:

  • An adult Bald Eagle has been on the nest consistently for over 24 hours
  • The adult eagles are taking turns on the nest, never leaving it unattended. They’re also laying down within the nest, a sign of incubation.
  • When the adult stands up, it is seen leaning down into the nest, indicative of egg-rolling behavior. The eagles roll the egg in the nest to ensure that the egg maintains a consistent temperature. The adults then lays back down over the egg to continue incubation.

The Hays Bald Eagles have proven to be resilient birds, reconstructing a nest quickly after their prior nest collapsed in a wind storm on February 12, 2017. We will continue to monitor the situation at the nest via photographs, binoculars, and spotting scopes. An eagle egg takes approximately 35 days to hatch—the expected date of hatching will be around March 26, 2017.

Posted by: Rachel Handel, Communications Director


The Hays webcam is a collaborative project between PixController and Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. This live video feed has been granted a Special Permit by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for educational purposes. The Game Commission’s mission is: To manage wild birds, wild mammals and their habitats for current and future generations.

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2016 Nest Facts - Pittsburgh Bald Eagles at Hays:

First egg: February 13; Second egg: February 16; Third egg: February 20.

First hatch: March 21, Second hatch: March 22; Third egg not viable

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