One of bald eagle Harriet’s eggs has a pip, ready to hatch

Published: December 26, 2021 10:39 AM EST
Updated: December 26, 2021 6:34 PM EST

People across Southwest Florida, and the world, are tuning in to the live Southwest Florida Eagle Cam to keep a sharp eye on the bald eagle nest in North Fort Myers.

Sunday morning a pip could be seen in one of the eggs, indicating it’s ready to hatch.

Harriet the bald eagle laid two eggs in late November with her partner M15. One of those eggs is expected to start hatching soon.

Bonnie Price from Michigan, a fan of the eagles, said, “It was gonna be a few days and the one was going to hatch.”

“He’ll be sticking his head over the nest in a few days,” said Harold Price.

Bonnie and her husband Harold, were glad to hear the news Sunday morning that one of these eagle family eggs has officially begun hatching.

The first sign of hatching is known as a ‘pip.’ A few days from when it first appears, eagle-watching fans will see an eaglet looking down at the world for the very first time from that nest.

Looking from the ground, the nest may not look that big, but the width alone is longer than an average human.

“I mean as human beings, to enjoy all the creation and the birds like I said how awesome they are. It’s fun. It’s fun to see life come into the world,” said Bonnie.

Bonnie Price isn’t the only one excited to see the newest eagle family additions. The whole world is rooting on the pip and its sibling to come out of their shells which are pretty tough to crack. It takes a lot of muscle, movement and stretching for the eaglets to break out of their shells.

“Oh, it’s just one more indication of life how God has blessed our kind with animals and fish in birds of the air and feast of the field,” said Harold Price.

Bonnie said, “I get excited every time I see them. I know there are a lot more than they used to be but every time I see them I get so excited because they’re so majestic. So majestic and they represent our country.”

Every effort counts when it leads to a new life. Harriet’s second egg is set to hatch before 2022 as well.

Once the eaglets hatch, Harriet and M15 will have four months to teach their newborns how to be independent eagles.

You can see an estimated hatch countdown on the Dick Pritchett Real Estate eagle cam website by clicking here. There are also updates on who is on the nest and what they have been doing.

These eagles are little celebrities with followers all around the world and many people came out on Christmas Eve to watch these incredible birds from afar.

If you would like to keep up with these eagles, you can watch them on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam below or by clicking here.