Eagles Harriet and M15 produce two new eggs
The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam reports a second egg on their Facebook page:
“We have another EGG! Harriet laid a second egg of this second clutch earlier this evening; 3 days after the first! Watch Live: www.SWFLEagleCam.com “
North Fort Myer’s most famous eagle pair has a possible second clutch.
Harriet laid an egg in the nest off Bayshore Road on Saturday at around 2 p.m., with a second egg both expected and hoped for.
For Andrew Pritchett, founder of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, it’s some very good news coming on the heels of an unsuccessful first attempt this season.
“It’s very exciting. Was it unexpected? Yes and no,” Pritchett said. “We all had our hopes and were hoping she would, but we were all uncertain.”
Harriet and her mate, M15, produced their first clutch of two eggs in December.
One egg did not hatch.
Eaglet E14 was born just before Christmas, but died on Jan. 15 after it ingested rat poison, which caused his blood to not clot. When he broke a blood feather, E14 essentially bled to death.
It was hoped that the pair would try again for offspring following the lone chick’s death, and indeed, a pairing happened.
“It was the hope of FWC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife that removing E14’s body they would re-clutch if it were early enough in the season,” Pritchett said. “It was shown to be successful.”
The question now is, since Harriet and M15 could be raising a brood during a completely different time of year, how would it affect the way their eaglets are raised.
Pritchett said we are about to find out, thanks to the live, multi-camera Eagle Cam, which will show the world the rearing as it happens.
“It will be interesting to see how this progresses. We don’t expect anything less than what Harriet has been capable of in the past,” Pritchett said. “It’s another miracle and a great thing for the eagles themselves. We can’t wait to see what happens.”
The new egg is expected to hatch toward the end of March with the eaglet likely fledge in June.
When M15 and Harriet first became a pair after Harriet’s first mate Ozzie died, they had their first offspring a little later than usual. Those eggs were laid just before Christmas and hatched in late January.
To view the SWFL Eagle Cam, go to dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html