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Hanover Eagle Nest Update






January - Streams and audio from two cameras at the nest site went live on January 3. One camera a side angle and the other a view from above, which also has infrared capabilities for night viewing.

December 2017 - Staff members from HDOnTap and Codorus State Park worked through the cold and wind to replace and rewire cables at the nest site. Some of the nest had fallen. Two adult eagles have been frequenting the site with nesting material.

Highlights of 2017 - The Hanover bald eagle family had a successful 2017 season with both eggs hatching and both nestlings fledging. The first egg appeared on the evening of February 10 and the second on the evening of the 13th. March 20 broke with a new eaglet in the nest and second hatched the following day. The eaglets began branching over the Memorial Day holiday and by mid-June we weren't seeing much of them. The live streams closed on July 11. 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.  We thank you all for watching and learning about Pennsylvania wildlife with us.

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.