Last year, my brother sent me a link to one of the eagle nests in Decorah, Iowa, so I could watch a pair of eagles as they prepared their nest, then laid, incubated, and hatched their eggs, and then fed, protected, and did what was necessary to care for their young.
The female is known by the people in the chat room as "Super Mom" because two years ago, she had to raise three babies on her own because her mate (lovingly called "Dad") disappeared, and nobody knows what happened to him.
Last year, Mom had a new mate (known as "DM2" for "Decorah Male #2"), and they raised two babies together. There were originally three eggs, but one of them got stuck on Mom's foot and I think she accidentally stepped on it. The two remaining eggs hatched, the first on April 4th and the second on April 7th. The older baby was called D32, and the younger one was D33. That's because Mom had 31 "children" before them. Unfortunately, due to an unusually large black fly population last year, the two babies fell off the tree before they were able to fly. Both of them were found, but one had a broken leg and had to have surgery and many months of rehabilitation before it was well enough to be released into the wild. The other young eagle also recovered and was released before its sibling.
Mom has laid three eggs this year, several days apart, and the first is almost ready to hatch. If you're bored from staying at home due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, you may enjoy watching the eagle family via live stream. Here are two links where you can learn much more about the Decorah eagles and their nest, watch the live stream, and read the comments of visitors in the chat rooms. (Some of the comments are very funny.)
Please note: The live stream may not work with Internet Explorer and some other browsers. If you're having a problem, try using Google Chrome.
John Howe recently gave a talk about eagle eggs and hatching. At about the 5:25 mark, a lady named Amy discusses (and shows pictures of) the development of an eaglet inside the egg, and shortly after that, there is a short video of a real baby chick hatching. Here's the link, if you want to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpM4HRc ... oCstLkpWU0
The Raptor Resource Project has a Facebook page that regularly sends out updates on, and video highlights from, the Decorah eagle nest. Here's the link, if you want to check it out: https://www.facebook.com/RaptorResourceProject/