With absolute certainty I can say we have a chick. This is certainly an instance of the scientists learning along with you. This really is amazing and defies what we know about eagle natural history. In theory the eggs should not have survived the amount of time the birds left them unattended. The bird behavior gave every indication that they have failed—copulating on the nest site, prolonged absences, moving nesting material. Plus they must have covered the eggs during the aerial survey on Saturday. All the evidence we had indicated that they had failed.
And we were completely wrong. Nature is always humbling.
This is amazing. These birds have demonstrated why they are the most productive pair in the state with their steadfast incubation through terrible storms.
Here is a video from this morning recorded by Judy. Look for the chick at the bottom on the screen.http://judykb.org/meapr12chick.asf
Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute