On Thursday, I saw the first "PIP" or small hole in the egg occur. The moderator of the eagle CAM site confirmed it later, and I saw it happen live!!! (Well, live on the webcam.) Sister Amy and I have been spotting each other. When she goes on a walk or can't watch the live feed, I text her if I see any nest activity. She does the same for me. Yesterday, Amy was on a walk when the pip expanded. Harriet stood up, nudged the egg and a clear view of the egg tooth was even visible!!! I snapped some screenshots, and texted Amy four times.
|look closely. You can see the egg tooth|
When she didn't respond, I called her.
"I'm out driving," she said, "I'll pull into McDonalds."
"HURRY!!!!" I urged.
You don't usually have extended chances to glimpse the egg. Harriet is a savvy mama and knows that she must keep her egg warm, so she only checks it briefly. She also knows she has a long wait. The hatching process for an eaglet takes one to two days! That means if this little eaglet is going to make it out alive, he should break out by 2:30 today. Here is the webcam site if you are intrigued: http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html#
Amy made it to McDonalds and switched on her phone to view the webcam just in time to see Harriet settle back on her egg. However, Harriet was anxious. She fiddled with the nest, panted, and shifted. Amy texted me continually, urging Harriet to stand so she could see the egg. She even texted her husband to come join her at McDonalds on his way home from work to see the hole in the egg expand.
Finally, Harriet complied. She stood up and not only did we get to see the egg, but even downy feathers through the hole. My screen shot doesn't show that millisecond of joy, but it is in my memory banks!
You can even hear the little fellow peep! I haven't heard that yet, but other viewers on the webcam have reported it, and Amy heard it peep.
Amy got a coffee at McD's and settled down to watch for the next hour. It wasn't quite as much fun as her sitting beside me, but it was close. We kept up a steady stream of excited texts back and forth. It was excruciating watching the little hole slowly expand.
"Why doesn't she help him?" I asked.
Amy quickly sent some expert discussion from the internet on this very issue. The first pip in the egg allows Oxygen to enter the egg. The eaglet takes its first breath. As the O2 and CO2 levels change inside the egg, different parts of the eaglet instinctively are activated, which is what contributes to the hatching. Should anyone interfere with that finely tuned process, it is likely to cause more harm than good. How does Harriet know? How does the chick know? How could such an exquisitely orchestrated event where all parts must come into play perfectly evolve randomly over time by chance?
It could not.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 91: 1-4
God is OBVIOUS in His creation...thus all are without excuse if they miss it.
since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Romans 1: 19-20
From the intricate and impossibly complex design of the building block of all life, DNA, to the interrelated parts and irreducible complexity of the mammalian eye, to the exquisite timing of the eaglet hatching, God's plan, infinite intelligence, and glory is declared.
The mothers at the abortion center who insist what they carry in their womb is not life, not human, not a distinct and separate body created with purpose by a miraculous designer are deluded and blind. We choose to disbelieve, or to disobey God. No one can claim He has not provided enough evidence to make the leap of faith.
This morning, I was up at 5 a.m., and quickly switched on the webcam. Harriet was asleep. She woke briefly, preened, and then resumed sleeping. i worked on this blog with my phone switched on to the webcam right beside me, volume turned up so I can hear the little peep of new life. What a glorious blessed sound, a baby speaking to its mama for the first time.
Meanwhile, now Harriet is awake. I am enthralled with the stunning portrayal of God's beautiful design in the simple event of an egg hatching. I have to go now, and cheer this little baby and devoted, patient mama on!
After I published this blog, I saw the baby hatch!!!!!! Every second of it!!!! Glory to God!!!!!!! And here is one of the most beautiful parts of the whole thing: FIRST, before she stood up to see her baby, she called her mate. He came, and they viewed their newborn baby for the first time together.