Let the countdown for hatching begin!
Mr. President and The First Lady, D.C.’s most prized bald eagle couple nesting at the National Arboretum, welcomed their second egg of 2018 on Wednesday, according to a Facebook post by the American Eagle Foundation (AEF).
The egg, informally named DC7, was laid at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Mr. President shared the exciting news in a tweet shortly after, “Oops! She Did IT Again! Two Eggs!”
This comes just days after the American Eagle Foundation announced First Lady laid her first egg of the year. Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the experienced mother laid DC6 atop a tulip poplar tree at the Arboretum in Northeast.
In 2014, the famous pair became the first to nest in D.C. since 1947, according to the foundation’s website. The foundation suspects the bald eagles chose the location because the Arboretum is ripe with trees to support an eagle’s nest.
The parents successfully raised two eaglets last season, Honor and Glory, the site says.
The season before that “the doting parents performed their duties flawlessly, while DC2 (‘Freedom’) & DC3 (‘Liberty,’) their offspring, grew to be strong, healthy, and beautiful juvenile Bald Eagles, successfully fledging,” the site said.
Eagle enthusiasts can watch the foundation’s D.C. Eagle Nest Cam in anticipation for the first signs of a “pip,” or the first hole made in a shell.