The Berry College Eagle Cam has gone live! According to a media release from the college, the eagles are expected to soon lay eggs if they haven’t already. Go to www.berry.edu/eaglecam/ for more information.
The cam is not embedded in the nest; rather, it is mounted on a pole so as not to disturb the eagles.
Berry College’s bald eagle pair first appeared in March 2012, building a nest in a pine tree not far from the main entrance of the college, near the parking lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. Eagles have been reported in the vicinity of the Berry campus for the past two to three years, but this is the first documented nest in the modern history of Floyd County, according to the Rome News-Tribune. The birds have attracted the attention of photographers and others statewide. Students, faculty and staff have flocked to the site in hopes of catching a glimpse of the eagles. The pair was seen carrying sticks to build their nest, but to the disappointment of many they nested too late to produce offspring. By April, they were gone – but not for long.
The eagles returned to the nest in October. In November, they were seen mating. If there are eggs, a 33-35 day incubation period must take place to hatch. In 2011, there were 142 documented nesting pairs of bald eagles in Georgia. Of those pairs, 111 were successful in producing 175 eaglets. The state conducts its eagle survey in the first quarter of each year.
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