Check out Hanover’s first webcam eagle egg in 2022

The eagle has landed, or rather the egg.

Karen Lippy said the first eagle egg from the popular Hannover-based Eagle Camera was laid over the weekend.

“We have more and more eagles in the area,” Lippy said. “We’ll soon have chicks to watch here.”

The second egg from experienced eagle parents Liberty and Freedom is expected to arrive on Tuesday. Generally, two eggs is the maximum amount for eagles.

The eggs will incubate approximately 35 to 38 days before hatching.

Last year parents Liberty and Freedom bred a female eaglet, Patience. The second egg, laid last year, never hatched.

For years, Liberty and Freedom have taken center stage as thousands of viewers flock to the eagle camera watching in anticipation of egg hatch.

The Nest Camera has attracted a lot of attention since it was installed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 2015. The live stream is now sponsored by HDOnTap.

Codorus State Park volunteer and birding expert Karen Lippy stands by an eagle mural Monday, March 15, 2021, painted on a silo at her friend Julie Wildasin's farm near the park.  A bald eaglet recently hatched in a nest adjacent to the farm.  This is the first of two expected at the nest this year.  Photo by Bill Kalina

“I really hope we have a good season,” Lippy said. “Every other year has not been good for them – for reasons beyond their control.”

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In 2020, neither egg hatched – but surprisingly that can be an advantage for eagles, Lippy said.

“If they don’t have chicks, it helps (the parents) build their strength, because raising a chick is a lot of work,” she said.

More eagles have flocked to York County recently, with three nests now sitting in Codorus State Park.

— Contact Tina Locurto at [email protected] or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.

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