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Baby eaglets spotted near Gilboa Dam

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For the second straight year, a nest near the Gilboa Dam has produced baby bald eagles. Two of our nation's mascots were hatched last month, and as Barry Wygel reports, they are proving to be a nice companion to the $400 million construction project.

GILBOA, N.Y. -- There's many sounds associated with a construction site, but one you might not expect is the screech of a bald eagle, but now with four eagles living at the Gilboa Dam, the noises are becoming more common.

"Right now we have two eaglets that have hatched out this year," said Peg DiBenedetto, who monitors the eagles for NYC DEP.

Located just a stone's throw from the massive Gilboa Dam reconstruction project, the weeks-old eaglets are doing well.

"They are at the point where they can feed themselves, their beaks and their talons are full sized," said DiBenedetto.

Being next-door neighbors with the eagles is nothing new for workers at the dam. Adult eagles were discovered just after work began.

"We have some zones set up, where we can restrict some activity," said DiBenedetto.

Small alterations had to be made in the construction plans due to the presence of the eagles, but they haven't caused any delays, and overall it's been a positive experience having them there.

"The eagles have not delayed the project, certain activities in that area have been restricted to protect the nest during the eagle breeding season," said Adam Bosch, spokesman for the NYC DEP.

"They are trying to get used to how to act. It's very comical sometimes to see them try to do that. Everything is wonderful to watch," said DiBenedetto.

DiBenedetto says having two successful years in a row with baby eaglets shows that with proper care, construction and nature can co-exist in harmony.

Check out some more photos of the Gilboa Eagles: Photos Courtesy of NYC DEP

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