Watch: Minnesota Bald Eagle Gets Buried In Snow Protecting Nest
Last week, a whole bunch of snow fell across the Upper Midwest, especially in Minnesota, where the majority of the state got hit with a foot or more of the stuff. When snow of that magnitude is predicted, the human beings hanging around the state head for the grocery store, the gas station, and then home to hunker down indoors and ride it out.
For other creatures, like the ones we chose to be our national symbol, there's no indoors for hunkering, so you get images like the one in the photo above. An eagle covered in snow while protecting her week-old eggs while her mate looks for food.
As several commenters said, "Bet her kids won't ever appreciate it."
Apparently In Minnesota, When You've Finished Several Hours Of Shoveling Out, You Head Straight For The "Eagle Cam"
The Eagle Cam was put into place by Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources, and they've been livestreaming the eagle's nest (technically called an "aerie") around the clock while viewers delight in watching the pair of eagles incubate their eggs. Minnesota's DNR says that the first eagle egg came along on February 15th, followed by the second egg on February 18th.
The snow will provide insulation for the eggs as they incubate. The eggs are now nestled further down in the soft fur, feathers, leaves and grasses tucked in around them.
Will there be a third egg? Tune in and keep an eye on the bole when the eggs are being turned to see if egg number three emerges this week. In 34 to 39 days, there just might be fuzzy-headed chicks to watch!
Here's Ma Eagle while Pa Eagle is grabbing them some take-out: