The first eaglets hatch at Dulles Greenway Wetlands nest


Dulles Greenway Bald Eagles welcomed a baby bald eagle into the nest.

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Rosa and Martin, the female and male adult bald eagles that reside at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands in Leesburg, laid two eggs in February. The first eaglet hatched Sunday morning, and the second eaglet is expected to hatch this week.

Screenshot of TRIP II/Dulles Greenway

Screenshot of TRIP II/Dulles Greenway

“We are thrilled to share the wonderful news that Rosa and Martin have welcomed their first eaglet into the nest,” said Terry Hoffman, Public and Client Relations Manager, Dulles Greenway. “We look forward to sharing these captivating moments with our eagle fans, as we await the arrival of number two eagle in a few days. We encourage viewers to join the live camera and speak with our volunteers from the eagle camera of Rosa and Martin’s offspring.”

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According to the National Eagle Center, bald eagles typically lay one to three eggs per year and begin hatching after about 35 days of incubation.

Once the incubation period is over, the hatch may take up to two days to emerge. The next step in the nesting process will be to raise and prepare the baby eaglets for fledging, which is around 10 to 12 weeks of age.

Adult female and male bald eagles, Rosa and Martin, have resided in the Dulles Greenway Wetlands since 2005.

Last month, the Dulles Greenway partnered with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) for an adult bald eagle naming contest. The winning names, Rosa and Martin, in honor of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., were submitted by a student at Sterling Middle School.

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Rosa, Martin and their offspring can be viewed on Dulles Greenway’s live eagle cameras.

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