On March 21, an adult female Bald Eagle was found down in Virginia Beach (Fort Story) and was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation. Permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher examined the eagle and noted a fracture at the tip of the bird's right wing; Dana wrapped the wing and made arrangements for transport to the Wildlife Center of Virginia that same day.
Dr. Peach, one of the Center's veterinarians, examined the eagle when she arrived. The eagle was bright, alert, reactive, and standing; a physical examination and radiographs revealed an open fracture of the bird's right major and minor metacarpal. No other injuries were noted, though the bird has a large brood patch, indicating that she likely has an active nest. Dr. Peach cleaned the fracture site before bandaging the wound and splinting the fracture. The bird will be taken to surgery to repair the fracture on the afternoon of March 22.
Anatomy of a bird's wing Bald Eagle #17-0263's fractured wing