Turtle Bay eagle almost ready to fledge

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The north state's most famous winged trio could finally be flying soon, but ongoing signal problems with a webcam focused on their nest could keep the sight off the Internet.

"It's something to do with the feed to the Web," said Denise Yergenson, spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation.

Having busted out of their shells 11 weeks ago, the three bald eaglets in the nest at Turtle Bay likely will take their first flights next week. If nature's clock matches up with what has been observed by scientists, the first eagle would fly Tuesday, exactly 12 weeks after it hatched.

Yergenson said it's unclear whether the fledging will be seen on the Web. While the camera has produced images for scientists monitoring the eagles - it can be seen on a computer screen at Turtle Bay Exploration Park's visitor center - she said the webcast continues to periodically go on the fritz.

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