First crack seen in egg of eagles Liberty and Justice

We have a "pip!" The first crack (a pip!) was spotted Friday morning in one of the eggs of eagles Liberty and Justice, who are nesting 110 feet above the Metropolitan Police Department Training Academy in Southeast D.C.

Known as a "pip" the, the first crack signals the start of hatching. The eaglet, temporarily named ECC3, was laid on February 7. It can take the eaglet up to 48 hours to break through the thin egg shell.

The second egg, ECC4, is expected to pip on Sunday, March 18 and was laid on Feb 11.

The eagles have been nesting in an oak tree at the police academy in Southeast D.C. since 2004. They have been laying one to two eggs every year here ever since.

Last year, an eaglet named Spirit hatched in mid-March after Liberty and Justice laid two eggs at their nest. Unfortunately, the second egg was non-viable and did not hatch.

The Earth Conservation Corps has set up a live web camera placed in Liberty and Justice's nest that is about 110 feet in the air. You can watch them on or in the video player below:

Since 1994, the Earth Conservation Corps has been working to bring bald eagles back to Washington D.C. after the birds had not been spotted in the city since 1946. For more information about the organization, go to