It seems like just a bit ago we were talking about the eggs laid by bald eagles Ron and Rita, named after Zoo Miami Wildlife Expert Ron Magill and his wife. Well, fast forward to this weekend and now there are two baby birds fighting over food and mom's attention.
According to a tweet by Zoo Miami, the first egg hatched Saturday night and the second on Sunday morning. The third egg is still there but the eaglet hasn't hatched. Ron Magill and his wife have been keeping a close eye on the nest via live steam, waiting for the eggs to hatch.
In an interview with NBC6, Ron said that they hope that in about three to four months, at least one eaglet will fly. Plus, he said, "If they’re able to fledge one chick to where it can fly away from that nest, that’s a huge success, because bald eagles average only about 50 percent success rate in fledging chicks."
Also, let's acknowledge the fact that Ron and Rita built this nest for these wild eagles and this is the second time they use it to expand their family. Unfortunately, last year the eggs didn't hatch. However, this year we start 2022 with hopes of adding to our eagle population.