Eaglets hatch less than 2 hours apart at North Fort Myers nest

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A view of the eaglets on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, less than 24 hours after they hatched.

Southwest Florida’s favorite bald eagle couple are parents once again!

Harriet and M15 welcomed both eaglets to their nest on Saturday. E17 hatched at 4:41 and E18 at 6:26, according to the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam.

Harriet laid the eggs in her North Fort Myers nest on Dec. 16, and their hatching had been hotly anticipated. The incubation period for bald eagles is around 35 days, so excitement began to ramp up on Jan. 20 as eagle watchers awaited the first pip – or a tiny crack that appears in the egg when the eaglet is ready to break free.

Eagle watchers were in further suspense after a possible owl attack Jan. 12, but the eggs were unharmed.

You can watch the eagle cam live below or click here.

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