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Watch live: Two eagle chicks hatched at Big Bear nest

The Friends of Big Bear Valley webcam gives bird lovers a chance to peer into the nest and see the babies.

Two bald eagle eggs laid at the beginning of the year in a nest near Big Bear Lake have hatched — and the best place to watch is at your fingertips.

The first chick hatched at 9:57 a.m. Sunday, the second 12:20 p.m. Monday at a nest in the San Bernardino National Forest after a pair of eagles took turns protecting the eggs.

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The first egg was laid on Jan. 3 and the second one on Jan. 6.

The Friends of Big Bear Valley operates a webcam that’s available for viewing on a computer, tablet or smartphone. It’s pointed into the nest at an angle that would be hard to see even if you had binoculars and were standing nearby.

Eagles are winter visitors to Southern California. The organization has been sharing updates with readers about the status of the eggs on its Facebook page. The webcam, a.k.a. nest cam, operates day and night as viewers could watch two eagles taking turns guarding the nest and the eggs.

Here are upcoming events where you can learn more about eagles.

-- Volunteer for eagle counts (no experience necessary) on March 10. Sites include the Big Bear Lake area and four other Southern California locations. Info: Seasonal bald eagle count locations

-- Join U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Robin Eliason, who will give free talks about the birds and their habitat from 11 a.m. to noon March 10 at the Big Bear Discovery Center.

Migrating bald eagles appear in Southern California in late November and leave in late March or early April. The best place to see them is near lakes and other bodies of water, because that’s where they fish for food.

Feb. 12, 9:50 a.m.: This article was updated with one of the eggs hatching on Feb. 11.

This article was originally published on Feb. 9 at 5:50 a.m.

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