This pair of bald eagles arrived on the scene in 2013. They battled a pair of red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) for the nest and eventually won the nest, but too late in the season to lay eggs.

Reports say the male had a ‘dirty head’ (even into 2014) indicating he was probably born in 2009 or 2010, the female was reported to have a fully white head, indicating she may be one year older.

The battle with the hawks continued sporadically during 2014.

In 2014 this pair fledged one eaglet. Here this eaglet is being fed not long after hatching.

In 2015 this pair was reported to be incubating one or more eggs, but there were no hatches reported. The next-nest neighbors, the Hays pair, also had eggs but lost them before hatching. The extreme wet and cold weather may have left these relatively young and inexperienced parents without the ability to properly regulate the microclimate (temperature and moisture) around the eggs. Observations from the older Hanover female showed her spreading her wings over the eggs during snow events and this may have kept them drier than the Hays pair was able to do. There was no nest cam on the Harmar pair in 2015, so we don’t have a good idea of the eagle’s behavior that year.

In 2016 we welcomed the installation of the Pixcontroller nest cam, also sponsored by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP cam), the National Aviary, and Wild Earth.

Early in the 2016 nesting season the Harmar eagles made the news as there were plans to destroy the nearby Hulton Bridge. Special permits had to be obtained and the Audubon Society of Western PA had folks on hand to monitor the eagles as the bridge demolition took place. The impact from the explosion could be seen on the nest cam.

More details about the 2016 nesting season can be found in the Notes from the Nest Cam page. Thank you PixController, ASWP, National Aviary, and Wild Earth for bringing us these cams and images taken from screen shots of the live cam feed.