Bald eagle egg shatters in nest, photo shows Minnesota ‘We’ve never seen that before’

A female bald eagle lost one of her eggs less than a week after a storm swept through Minnesota. cover the bird with snow.

One of his two eggs cracked in the nestsaid the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program in a Facebook post on Wednesday, March 1.

“In the 10 years we’ve been monitoring this nest, we’ve never seen anything like it,” the agency said.

It is unclear how the egg cracked.

This bald eagle laid her first egg this year on February 15, according to the DNR. On February 18, she laid another egg.

Animal welfare officials are still optimistic about the intact egg.

“An eagle’s nest is considered successful when 50% of the chicks fledge. So one bright spot at this time is that the second egg now has a much higher chance of survival,” officials said.

Eagles have been breeding in the nest for years

The female bald eagle has laid eggs this nest for four years‘ the agency said.

The eagle and its mate began preparing the nest with soft grasses and leaves a few weeks before laying eggs, officials said.

Once an egg was laid, the male eagle would bring food to the nest and help hatch it, the agency said.

“The mate is never far away and keeps a close eye on the nest for intruders or predators,” the agency said.

As a storm hit the area last week, the bald eagle was seen covered in snow on February 23, which actually helped keep the eggs insulated, the agency said.

The eagles can be checked at the agency at any time EagleCam.

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