UPDATE: DEC. 31 7:33 a.m.
One of the eaglets, E9, has hatched on the last day of 2016 at 7:33 a.m.
UPDATE: DEC. 30 4:11 p.m.
One of the eggs has begun to hatch.
Thousands of viewers are watching a live stream of an eagle nest located in Fort Myers where American Bald Eagle Harriet and her mate M15 are waiting for their two eggs to hatch.
Bald eagles have a 30 to 35-day incubation period and according to the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam’s Twitter account @SWFLEagleCAM, the eggs were laid on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 25. The eggs are expected to hatch any day now.
You can watch the live stream here:
The Eagle Cam was first launched in 2012 when Harriet was with her previous mate, Ozzie, and the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam saw millions of people tune in.
While bald eagles mate for life, they will choose a new partner if one of them dies or disappears. According to the Eagle Cam website, Harriet and Ozzie were together for over 20 years until Ozzie died in September 2015 after getting into a fight with another male eagle.
A few months prior, Ozzie was taken to the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials after they found him showing “signs of disorientation and injury,” with a broken left clavicle and a broken left coracoid bone, according to the Eagle Cam website. Ozzie was released 97 days later.
ABC7 reports that during Ozzie’s time in rehabilitation, several suitors tried to court Harriet, including M15.
On Sept. 27, 2015, the Eagle Cam website reported that Ozzie was seen fighting another male eagle in the area and was injured. He was sent back to the rehabilitation center and two days later passed away.
Harriet was courted for about a month after Ozzie’s death by several males and eventually bonded with M15. She has now laid their first two eggs successfully.