PLATEVILLE, Colo. – We’re in the homestretch for “Hatch Madness” at the eagle nest in Platteville, Xcel Energy officials said Tuesday.
“We greeted our second eaglet Tuesday!” the utility company said on Twitter, as they shared a photo of momma eagle feeding her adorably cute eaglets.
The family is still waiting for one more egg to hatch, however.
Officials say the pair of bald eagles typically return to their nests in the fall and raise eggs from February to June. The eagles have used the nest for years, and the Colorado Division of Wildlife bands the offspring.
The 6x5 foot nest sits in a cottonwood tree at the company's Fort St. Vrain Station, close to the Xcel plant.
Some facts about bald eagles
- The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America.
- Nests are refurbished each year and have been known to reach a weight of two tons. They're officially called eyries.
- Bald eagles can fly up to 30 mph and dive at 100 mph. Once airborne, bald eagles can climb up to 10,000 feet.
- Bald eagles do not have vocal cords; the high-pitched sound they make is from air passing through the bones in their neck.
- Juvenile eagles are mixture of brown and white feathering and their heads do not turn all white until they reach full maturity between 4 to 5 years old.
- Bald eagles were removed from the endangered and threatened species list kept by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007.