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Hanover Eagle Nest Updates


A third year of peeking into the lives of this bald eagle family in Hanover, Pennsylvania has concluded. We are grateful for the time and talents of folks at HDOnTapComcast BusinessCodorus State Park and our other partners. We hope you enjoy the rest of 2017 and we look forward to future live stream possibilities.


July 3 - This Hanover bald eagle family has had a successful 2017 season with both eggs hatching and both nestlings fledging. We thank the landowners, neighbors, and Codorus State Park staff for being our eyes, ears, and feet on the ground. We thank HDOnTap for providing the live stream service and Comcast Business for providing the necessary internet connection. The live streams closed on Tuesday, July 11. We thank you all for watching and hope you'll tune in to future live streams. Thank you for learning about Pennsylvania wildlife with us.

June 7 - Both eaglets are experimenting with flying away from the nest. We'll see them less and less and they become more independent.

June 1 - The eaglets began branching over the holiday weekend. You may tune in to see only one on screen. The other is likely just off screen on a nearby branch.

April 4 - Both adults and both eaglets appear to be doing well. We can expect the eaglets to develop most of their feathers by three to four weeks, walk in the nest at six to seven weeks and begin to fly at about three months.

March 21 - A second eaglet makes it way out an its egg at around 11 a.m.

March 20 - An eaglet made it's way out of its egg overnight. We can expect to see food items showing up at the nest.

February 13 - A second egg arrived around 5:15 p.m after a very windy night and day. We expect a first hatch could take place around St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

Februrary 10, 2017 - The first egg of the season appeared around 5:45 p.m.

December 28, 2016 - Season three at the Hanover nest begins. The cameras and audio equipment installed for the 2016 season continue to provide excellent views and audio of this eagle family.

Highlights of 2016 - The live stream began December 17 shortly after the installation of two new cameras and audio equipment. Eggs were laid on February 18 and 21. March 28 one of the eggs hatched; the nestling died two days later, perhaps injured by a branch being moved in the nest. The other egg never hatched and remained n the nest until May 23 when one of the adults removed the remnants from the nest. There are many factors that can influence the success of a nest. We do not know what caused the nesting failure in this specific instance. We do know that the eagles using the Hanover nest have produced successful young during many past years, and that they have had nest failures in other years. This is not an uncommon occurrence for raptors, nor for wildlife species in general. The stream was shut down on June 1st so agency staff could devote time to other projects.

Highlights of 2015: Eggs were laid on February 14 and 17. Adult eagles were covered in snow on the nest on March 5 drawing international attention. The eggs hatched on March 24 and 25. The two young eaglets fledged around June 22nd.

A bit of history on the Hanover nest: The first record of an active nest in this area is from 2005. Records indicate that eaglets have fledged eight times, most often two at a time. There are no records indicating that any of the adult nesting eagles have been banded or otherwise marked. These cameras (provided by HDOnTap) were installed in November 2015. The cameras are powered by a hard line running down the tree to an electrical panel several feet from the base of the tree. Comcast Business is providing the internet service. Together, these partners are creating this dependable, high-quality stream. Friends of Codorus State Park supplied the bucket lift and other items necessary for installation and the landowner is donating the electricity to power the camera. Codorus State Park staff have been instrumental with on the ground staff and in facilitating this project. The Game Commission is grateful for all those involved in providing this spectacular view of nature at work.