FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. - The newest members of the Berry College family have finally arrived!
"B7 arrived around 2:12-13" the Berry College Eagles Facebook page announced Monday afternoon. "B6 hatched on Day 38 and B7 hatched on Day 36. Congrats to the Berry Eagle Family!"
In early January, we found out the beloved campus bald eagles were expecting after two eggs were laid within several days of one another. Sunday, not long after the expected “due date,” an adorable eaglet hatched and its sibling arrived the very next day.
"The Berry Eagle family is pleased to announce the arrival of B6 at 7:34:41 (approx.) EST," they said on Sunday. "If you listen closely when Mom Berry moves around you can hear chirping from the new eaglet."
Monday morning, once the sun came up, we were able to snap a few photos of B6. Three cameras have been set up to monitor the activity in the nest, which sits in a tall pine tree between the main entrance and the parking lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Rec Center.
“Pip watch” for "B6" officially began on Tuesday last week. According to experts, eggs usually hatch between 33 and 37 days, with 35 days being the average. The first egg was expected to hatch on Thursday and the second on Sunday, but egg number 1 didn't hatch until Sunday evening.
For those of you who don’t know what a “pip” is, you’re not alone. There are two types of pips: The hole poke through the membrane of the egg is called the internal pip and the hole through the egg shell is called the external pip. Berry College told us the hatching process takes a number of hours because the parent eagle does not help. Last year, it took one of the eggs 12 hours to hatch.
Get ready to see the baby birds grow fast! Young bald eagles add one pound to their body weight every four or five days. At six weeks, the eaglets are nearly as large as their parents, according to Berry College.
The college has monitored the bald eagle's nest on their campus since the spring of 2012. In that time, they have watched as five eaglets successfully fledged. A separate nest on campus not under the watchful eye of the cameras also produced three other eaglets.