Time for me to fly: Harmar bald eagles graduate
The second Harmar bald eaglet, known as Demma to some, took its inaugural flight from the eagle aerie high above Route 28 on Friday morning, following its sibling, which left home on Tuesday.
The Harmar bald eagles produced two young this year, the fifth year of nesting at the site.
Eagle watchers on the ground along Freeport Road in Harmar, as well those viewing a live webcam, have been closely following the two young birds, which have been seen practicing takeoffs for weeks.
The birds hatched April 2 and 3, according to Rachel Handel of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, who operates a live webcam with CSE Corp. and support from Comcast Business.
Demma was named in honor of an eagle watcher, Emma Blaskowitz of Elwood City, who died just before the Harmar eggs hatched, according to Kathy Kendzerski, aka “Dolly Queen,” of Penn Hills, one of the Facebook organizers of the “Harmar Bald Eagles of Pittsburgh” page.
“It was bittersweet to watch Demma leave the nest,” Kendzerski said.
The other eaglet that fledged Tuesday was dubbed “Sidney Crosby” because people just like that hockey player, according to Kendzerski.
Apparently, Crosby lived up to its name, taking nine flights and soaring during each one, Kendzerski said. “That eagle is an athletic junkie who was born to fly.”
Video by Gina Gilmore
Crosby flew back to nest since Tuesday to dine on fresh fish with Demma and to spend the night Thursday, according to updates from the Harmar eagle Facebook page.
The young birds will continue to stick around the nest and their parents at least for the next few months.
Their first successful flight marks another successful nesting season, Handel said.
“The new web camera angle allowed us to see every milestone of their growth and development this year.”
Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.