Bald Eagle nest #2: incubation!

March 13, 2017 in Near the Clock Tower

Once incubation begins, the male and female take turns sitting on the eggs, but the female does most of the work. Typically the incubation period runs about 34 – 36 days.  While one sits on the nest, the other is hunting for food or perching nearby to protect the nest. Incubation begins after the first egg is laid, meaning that in a nest with more than one egg there will be an oldest sibling, a youngest sibling, and occasionally a middle sibling. _W7I3611-001Both the male and the female have brood patches, though the female has a much more developed brood patch.