March 29, one hatchling, egg with pipping. Nowadays, as we look at the Eagle Cams images of the two huge gawky eaglets basking in the beautiful spring weather, we tend to forget what an incredible journey this eagle family has been so far on this year. Back in the snowy, Arctic days of winter, folks who watched the Duke Farms Eagle Cam had all sorts of worries -- would the eagles have eggs this year, how many eggs would there be, how long could the parents leave the nest without harming the eggs, could any of them survive the record-setting cold temperatures of February? In short, it has been a heckuva ride. For many, our admiration for -- and attachment to -- the Duke Farms eagles has only grown along the way.
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Jim Wright writes The Bird Watcher columnist for The Record and the Herald-News. He is the author of four coffee-table books about wild places, and the deputy marsh warden of the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, N.J.