Liberty and Justice, the eagle pair whose lives on the grounds of Alcoa Davenport Works have become an international phenomenon, thanks to a webcam focused on their nest, are on their way to becoming parents again.
Liberty laid her first egg of the season at 2:30 p.m. today, according to the Alcoa website -- and several online viewers who have been awaiting the moment.
In February 2011, Liberty and Justice laid two eggs that hatched in late March. Only one of the eaglets survived that year and in an online poll, it was named Freedom.
Last year, Liberty and Justice had three eggs and all three hatched and survived. After more than 200,000 votes online, the three eaglets were named Faith, Hope and Spirit.
According to John Riches, public affairs manager for Alcoa Davenport Works, eaglecam received 1.5 million hits to the video stream in 2011. In 2012, that number skyrocketed to more than 12 million hits.
Riches said there are viewers in more than 80 countries around the world, including a number of schools in the U.S. and around the world.