Arconic Davenport Works' popular nesting eagles, Liberty and Justice, appear to have their first egg of the season.
John Riches, spokesman for the Riverdale aluminum plant, said footage from the Arconic Eaglecam suggests that the female eagle, Liberty, laid the egg between 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday.
He said fans of Eaglecam have written on the blog about seeing the egg although as of mid-Friday he had not seen it for himself. "Based on their behavior, they’re clearly taking care of an egg," said Riches, who authors the Eaglecam blog. "They’re sitting down in there and incubating something."
The adult eagles have captured attention around the globe, thanks to Eaglecam, which has had nearly 35 million web visits since its inception. First installed in the fall of 2010 by then Alcoa Davenport Works, the web camera and its live feed from the nest was rolled out to the public in early 2011.
The pair have fledged 14 eaglets in the nest, located on the plant's riverfront property. Of those, 12 have been named by Eaglecam fans.
Riches estimates that a second egg might be laid as early as Saturday or Sunday.
To view the eagles and their nest, visit www.arconic/eaglecam.
-- Jennifer DeWitt