A bald eagle at Carolina Raptor Center is nesting again – live via EagleCam – but the center doesn’t have high hopes for any downy-headed chicks this year.
Savannah, the bird warming two eggs, has been a prolific mom. Mating with another captive eagle, Derek, she produced six chicks that were eventually released into the wild between 2006 and 2013. Both arrived from Charleston in 1998 with wing injuries that prevent their release.
But Savannah’s eggs since 2013 have not been fertile, says the center’s Michele Miller Houck. Last year, after aggression among the center’s three male bald eagles, Savannah got a new roommate, Luke, but there’s no evidence of romance between the two.
So while Savannah laid one egg on Saturday and a second one Tuesday, they’re likely to also be infertile. Time will tell: gestation is 33 to 35 days, putting a hatch date around St. Patrick’s Day.