Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Updates:

We are streaming our Wildlife Webcam #3 until next eagle season. For more wildlife webcams see: www.pixcams.com

We sent a remote shut down command to the Pittsburgh Hays bald eagle camera today. Since there isn't much activity at the nest we didn't want Verizon to continue to have the financial burden to stream the camera. We appreciate their support and the support from the Audubon Society of Western PA this year! We are replacing the eagle camera stream with the Westmoreland Conservancy bluebird nest box camera for the time being. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

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Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Nest

A pair of Bald Eagles are now nesting within 5 miles of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Monongahela River near where the famed Carnegie Steel
Homestead site once existed. Industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that eagles feed on. For example, during a survey on Monongahela River in 1967, one scientist could find only one bluegill. As efforts to clean the waterways took effect over the past 30 years, 76 species of fish have been found in the Monongahela. Experts say it has probably been more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. As recently as the mid-1980s, there were just a few remaining nesting Bald Eagles pairs anywhere in Pennsylvania. This year marks 30 years since the reintroduction of Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania. With the help of the Canadian government, several agencies brought bald eagle chicks back to their states to reintroduce Bald Eagles. Today, Pennsylvania boasts more than 250 nests.

Hays Eagles in the National News

ABC World News – Sunday, March 31

NBC Nightly News – Tuesday, April 1

CBS National News 2-28-2014

Fox News 3-31-2014

2014 -2015 Nest Information

The 2014-2015 Pittsburgh nesting season was unsuccessful. We assume this was due to the unusually cold weather conditions in Pittsburgh.
The eagles laid 2 eggs for the 2015 season, however, neither egg was viable. The first egg broke on 3/13 and the second on 3/27. Egg 1 laid on 2/17 @ 7:37 PM, Egg 2 on 2/20 @ 4:40 PM. Click here for eagle cam video archives.

2013-2014 Hatch Dates and Nest Activity Video Clips

First egg laid on February 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM - Hatch date: March 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM
Second egg laid on February 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM - Hatch date: March 30, 2014 at 7:17 AM
Third egg laid on February 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM - Hatch date: April 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

First eaglet hatch 3-28-2014

Red-tail hawk takes swipes at nest

Immature bald eagle flies by nest

Raccoon attacks nest 2-26-2014

First egg laid on 2-19-2014

Second egg laid on 2-22-2014

Third egg laid on 2-25-2014

Camera installation on 12-20-2013





About the Webcam Project
The camera system is a unique system which was custom designed and manufactured by PixController, Inc. The camera video feed is streamed over a cellular network. Because the system is installed in a remote location the system is powered by a battery bank, which was supplied by Interstate Batteries, and is solar charged.

The camera is a Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera with built-in IR illuminators for night time illumination. The camera is mounted in a tree about 30 yards from the nest site with a view down into the nest. We can remotely move and zoom the camera and follow the eagles. During the day the video will be broadcast in color and during the night the video will switch over to black & white. We remotely monitor the battery power and site security via M2M (machine to machine) devices designed by PixController, Inc. to keep the video feed streaming and secure without the need for human presence.


Click on the Eagle Cam Graphic above which was designed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quick Bald Eagle Facts
  • How can I tell the male from the female bald eagle? The female is slightly larger than the male. In the case of the Hays bald eagles the male has a noticeable white spot on the right side.
  • Adult birds range from 35" to 37" tall with a wingspan of 72" to 90" and weigh between 10 to 14 lbs.
  • Their diet consists of mainly fish but will take advantage of carrion they can find.
  • The female lays 1-3 eggs 5-10 days after mating. For bald eagles in our area we should expect eggs between February & March. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days.
  • The nest is between 6' - 8' in diameter and can weigh up to 1 ton.
  • Bald eagles typically mate for life and have a 20-30 year lifespan.
  • Bald eagles do not reach maturity until they are 4-5 year old at which time they develop the white head and tail feathers.
  • For more bird facts visit the National Aviary or Western PA Audubon Society

This live video feed has been granted a Special Permit by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for educational purposes. The Game Commission's mission is: To manage wild birds, wild mammals and their habitats for current and futures generations.


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