Watch Southern California Nest Cam Eagle's First Flight

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A young bald eagle that the public watched hatch online in a Southern California mountain nest has finally fledged.

San Bernardino National Forest spokesman Zach Behrens says the juvenile male let out a call at 6:19 a.m. Tuesday and flew off screen.

Bald eagles typically fledge between 10 and 12 weeks of age but this one waited until he was 14 weeks old.

Forest Service biologist Robin Eliason says the bird will stay close to his parents over a few months to learn hunting skills and then will likely leave the area.


The eagle's mother laid two eggs in the nest near Big Bear Lake in March and two eaglets hatched in April.

The nest cam showed one eaglet died during a late winter storm on Memorial Day weekend.

A count completed last year found 11 bald eagles living in the forest east of Los Angeles.

The mother and a male companion took turns nestling over the latest chicks to keep them warm as a chilly wind blew through the San Bernardino National Forest.

The first egg arrived March 6, followed by the second one a few days later.

The Institute for Wildlife Studies web page has thousands of comments from people watching the feed. The camera was installed by the group Friends of Big Bear Valley.