Pip, pip, hooray!

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Two bald eagles have hatched in Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park. According to the NPS, this is the first successful hatch for this nest after three years of attempts by the adult bald eagle pair.

The first chick hatched March 12 and the second chick “pipped out of the egg shell” on March 14, the NPS said (in the tenor of a proud parent).

Eagles vanished from the islands by the 1960s, victims of the chemical DDT. They were reintroduced in 2005 (a male) and 2006 (a female) and, since then, their numbers have been steadily increasing. There are now 19 known breeding pairs across Channel Islands; one on Anacapa Island, eight on Santa Cruz Island, two on Santa Rosa Island, seven on Catalina Island and one San Clemente Island.

Watch the bald eagle chicks grow on the live bald eagle webcam! The live feed has a mellowing effect and–warning–is highly addictive.