Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bald Eagle Update for March 11, 2015

March 11th, 2015:

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA:  E-6 has branched, something eaglets have to do before flying.  This is where they learn to perch on branches.  He is about as big as his parents now.

BERRY COLLEGE:  The two bandidos are growing quite fast now and are reaching the way too big talons stage where their bodies have not caught up with their feet.  Very little bonking for pecking order when it comes to eating.

ALCOA:  Still just one egg which hasn't hatched yet.

DECORAH:  Sad news this past week is that one of the three eaglets from last year was electrocuted.  D-19, a female had been caught and tagged with a radio transmitter shortly after fledging and well on her way to becoming an adult.  She was killed by high tension wires.

Her brother was also electrocuted shortly after leaving the nest last year.

A third one is now in a SOAR recovery unit and is not expected to ever fly because of injuries sustained when he left the nest.  But at least he is alive.

All three left the nest early as they were plagued by gnats.

There are another three eggs in the nest this year.  Hoping for more success, but that is life in the wild, even for the top of the food chain.


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