MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say the nest under watch of the department’s online EagleCam now holds three eggs.

For the third year in a row, the eagle pair using the nest has laid eggs early, officials said. Usually, eagles in Minnesota lay eggs in March.

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This year, the nest’s first egg was laid on the 19th or the 20th, the second came on the 22nd and the third came on the 25th.

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Officials say the first chick should begin to hatch around Feb. 24.

Temperatures have been relatively mild this winter, and if that trend continues it will increase the chances of successful hatching.

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This is the third year the EagleCam has been in operation. It’s location is kept a secret to protect the birds.