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The mate of Bella, a golden eagle that has hatched two more chicks in a protected nest, flies over Dublin. (City of Dublin)

DUBLIN -- A golden eagle nest visible on the Web for years is getting another dose of fame: with a pair of baby eagles, whose names were picked by the public.

Coco and Bellaboo were picked at random by a City Council drawing Tuesday night out of 230 entries to name the two new offspring of Bella, the mother eagle.

You might call her Bella the brave because the resilient dark brown eagle has nested in a tree at the same protected spot in eastern Dublin for more than two decades despite the steady approach of subdivisions.

Until now, Bella's offspring either were unnamed or given unofficial names by Dublin employees. The city maintains a webcam that a homebuilder installed long ago as condition of building approval.

"We wanted to engage the community, and we figured involving them in the naming was a good way to do it," said Linda Smith, the city's economic developer director who doubles as the city's public information officer. "This is a very kid-friendly thing to do."

The city accepted written nominations for eagle names in a box put out at a city festival for St. Patrick's Day -- the weekend the chicks hatched.

More than 230 people entered with Patrick, Goldie, Lucy and Dublin being among popular repeat entries.

Coco and Bellaboo, however, were the entries picked by random Tuesday night.

Far away from City Hall, the fluffy young eagles appear on the webcam to be eating and growing well this year under the watchful care of Bella and her mate.


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The webcam, which shows the nest from a distance, can be visited at dublin.ca.gov/eagle. City officials caution that software may need to be downloaded on some computers to view the eagle cam.

The city required installation of the solar-powered cam as a condition of approval for 254 homes and the extension of Fallon Road in eastern Dublin -- a few miles away from the Altamont Pass, which has one of the nation's largest concentrations of eagles.

The webcam allows city employees to make sure the nest is OK and that people aren't trespassing into the preserve and bothering the eagles. With powerful talons and wingspans up to 7.7 feet, golden eagles are skilled hunters but skittish around humans.

Bella is unusual for producing chicks continuously at the same nest near an urban area for at least 20 years, and for her having two mates in the same nest from 2000 to 2003, said Colleen Lenihan, a raptor biologist who has monitored the nest.

Bella's earlier mate -- named James Bond — appeared to have a serious eye ailment or injury and disappeared in 2003, returning Bella to the eagle norm of having one mate.

"She definitely rules the roost," Lenihan said.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.

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To see the nest of Bella and her new eaglets, visit dublin.ca.gov/eagle. City officials advise that some computers may need to download software to view the images.