Welcome to the Pittsburgh’s Hays Bald Eagle Cam in collaboration with PixCams.com and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.
This live video feed has been granted a Special Permit by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for educational purposes. The Game Commission’s mission is: To manage wild birds, wild mammals and their habitats for current and future generations.
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𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗘𝗮𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘀𝘁
A pair of Bald Eagles are now nesting within 5 miles of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Monongahela River. The Hays bald eagle pair first started nesting along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh in 2013. A nest was observed by workers at the Keystone Iron and Metal Company. The pair successfully hatched one eaglet but on June 6, 2013 a strong storm blew the nest down and the parents successfully fledged the eaglet on the ground. The following year the Hays eagle pair built a new nest in the location it is today. A camera was installed on this new nest in December of 2013.
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This camera system is powered by batteries and solar charged. The video is transmitted via cellular, the camera is a 30X optical zoom pan-tilt-zoom camera streaming in Quad HD 1440P with audio MIC and the EZ Streamer IP Camera YouTube video encoder https://www.ezstreamer.com/
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2022 Nesting Season
Another successful nesting season with three eaglets!
H16 Egg laid 2/11/2022, hatched 3/21/2022, fledged 6/10/2022
H17 Egg laid 2/14/2022, hatched 3/22/2022, fledged 6/10/2022
H18 Egg laid 2/17/2022, hatched 3/25/2022, fledged 6/15/2022
2021 Nesting Season
This year we have three eaglets in the nest. The first time since 2014 we have had three eaglets. Hatch dates: H13 hatched 3/23 4:21am, H14 hatched 3/23 21:57pm, H15 hatched 3/27 5:33am.
2020 Nesting Season
Egg #1: Laid 2/13/2020, Hatched 3/21/2020, Fledged 6/11/2020
Egg #2: Laid 2/16/2020, Hatched 3/23/2020, Fledged 6/6/2020
2019 Nesting Season
Egg #1: Laid 2/12 @ 6:45 PM, Egg not viable – did not hatch
Egg #2: Laid 2/15 @ 3:47 PM, Hatched 3/23 @ 1:14 PM, Fledged 6/11
Egg #3: Laid 2/18 @ 5:02 PM, Hatched 3/25 @ 3:51 PM, Fledged 6/16 @ 11:41 AM
2018 Nesting Season
We currently have one eaglet (H8) that hatched successfully. Current hatch information:
• Egg 1, laid 2/12, broke 3/14
• Egg 2, laid 2/15 @2:48 PM EST, hatched 3/23 @10:01 PM EST
• Egg 3, laid 2/19 @5:53 PM EST, did not hatch
2017 Nesting Season
• 2/10/2017 @ 5:49 PM the first egg was laid.
• 2/12/2017 @ 9:30 PM the nest tree blew down in a wind storm and egg #1 is lost. Click here to see video
• 2/15/2017 The eagle pair starts construction on a new nest about 100 yards from old nest site.
• 2/19/2017 A group of citizen scientist viewed incubation behavior which suggested the female laid her 3rd egg in the new nest with the assumption the 2nd egg was laid elsewhere by the female.
2016 Nesting Season
• Egg dates: Egg 1, 2/13 (early AM), Egg 2, 2/16 @ 1:45 PM, and Egg 3, 2/20 @ 2:02 PM. Egg 3 was not viable and did not hatch.
• H5 Hatch date 3/21 @ 12:37 AM
• H6 Hatch date 3/22 @ 9:40 PM
2015 Nesting Season
• The 2015 nesting season was unsuccessful. We assume this was due to the unusually cold weather conditions in Pittsburgh.
• First Egg laid February 17, 2015 at 7:37 PM, on March 13 the first egg was broken
• Second Egg laid February 20, 2015 at 4:40 PM, on March 27 the second egg was broken
2014 Nesting Season (new nest – camera installed)
• First egg laid on February 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM – Hatch date: March 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM – H2 fledge date: June 21 at 8:45 PM
• Second egg laid on February 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM – Hatch date: March 30, 2014 at 7:17 AM – H3 fledge date: June 20
• Third egg laid on February 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM – Hatch date: April 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM – H4 fledge date: June 27 at 10:14 A
2013 Nesting Season
• March 11 – Incubating behavior was observed indicating an egg had been laid in the nest.
• April 14 – Behavior indicated that an egg had hatched.
• May 13 – The eaglet is seen high in the nest stretching its wings. Only one eaglet was ever seen in the nest.
• June 6, 7 & 8 – There was a strong storm with heavy winds on June 6. The eaglet left the nest sometime between June 6 and June 8 as observers on June 8 and June 9 did not see the eaglet in the nest.
• June 9 – The eaglet is spotted about 20 to 30 feet below the nest on top of some vines. The eaglet is too young to fly but is old enough to survive as long has it is fed by its parents. The parents are seen feeding the eaglet in the vines around 5:30 PM on June 9. For the next two weeks the eaglet is seen in the vines under the nest from the new part of the trail.
• June 29 – After not being seen for a week the eaglet is seen and makes its first observed short flight.
• July 2 – Adults are observed landing with food far from the eaglet forcing the eaglet to make long flights to obtain food from its parents. The adult eagles will be teaching the eaglet to find food on its own for about a month or two after the eaglet began flying.
• July 7 – Eaglet is seen on the roost for the first time.
• July 10 – All three eagles are seen on the roost.
• Aug 4 – Last time the eaglet (H1) was seen.