Bald Eagle #19-1013

May 19, 2019
August 23, 2019
Rescue Location
Accomack County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Fell from nest
Former Patient
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On May 19, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted an immature Bald Eagle from Accomack County. The bird was seen standing on a woodpile for an extended amount of time; rescuers noted that the bird was often hanging his head and appeared to be unable to fly. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator before a registered volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Center.

Dr. Karra, the Center’s veterinary intern, examined the eagle when it arrived. The eagle was quiet, weak, and thin. Dr. Karra noted that the eagle would alternate between standing and being defensive, and dropping its head and appearing weak. Blood work revealed that the eagle was mildly anemic, and tested "low" for lead. Upon careful inspection of the eagle’s feathers, the staff determined that the bird was a hatch-year eaglet — which explains its behavior.

The young bird was placed in the tower portion of the A3 flight enclosure — this area is large enough for young birds to stretch and flap their wings and overlooks the main flight portion of the A3 enclosure. From this balcony perspective, young eaglets can watch adult birds below. In this case, young eaglet #19-1013 was able to observe and hear Bald Eagle #19-0031.

During the past month, the eaglet has been eating well and growing in flight feathers. On June 11, the balcony doors were opened to allow the eaglet access into the main flight enclosure when it is ready. As of June, the young bird is being fed whole food once a day, and weighs 3.28 kg.

Your donation will help provide care for this young Bald Eagle — and 3,000 other patients that the Center will treat in 2019. Thank you!

Patient Updates

Bald Eagles #19-1013 and #19-1573 were successfully released at Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve on Friday, August 23. There were nearly 100 people at the release; both birds flew off well back in their home county.

Photos courtesy of Barb Melton:

Bald Eagle Release in the News: 

Two bald eagles released in Accomack, Delmarva Now 

Bald Eagle #19-1573 and Bald Eaglet #19-1013 have been doing well for the past week; both eagles were scheduled for a blood draw on Monday, August 19 for pre-release analysis. Results were within normal limits, and both birds were cleared for release back to Accomack County, where each eagle was rescued earlier this summer. No GPS transmitters are currently available for the eagles.

The double eagle release will take place on Friday, August 23 at Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve [Route 742 (Baker Road) near Metompkin, VA] at 2:00 p.m. Wildlife Center President Ed Clark will release both eagles. Attendees are strongly encouraged to carpool, and should note that there are no facilities at this location — please plan on stopping somewhere before the release to use the restroom! Attendees planning on attending should RSVP to; please note which release you are attending [Accomack or Poquoson] since we have multiple releases scheduled this week!

Directions to Mutton Hunk Fen: From US-13 (Lankford Highway) turn east onto Metompkin Rd (State Rte. 679). Bear left and drive 1.4 miles. Turn right onto Baker Rd. ( State Rte. 742). Continue on Baker Rd. through the gate and onto the gravel road. Continue straight to the parking area.

Directions to the preserve come up on google maps using Mutton Hunk Fen State Natural Area Preserve.

Bald Eaglets #19-1678 and #19-1013 have been doing well in flight pen A3 this summer. Both started exercise on July 31, and quickly advanced to the optimum level of exercise; both birds are flying at least 15 passes perch-to-perch during their daily exercise. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey will assess the young eaglets this week to see if the team can start thinking about a release later this month. Once the eagles are flying and maneuvering appropriately, Kelsey will reach out to the state eagle biologist to see if he can band the birds prior to release; he may also have available GPS transmitters for the eagles.

Bald Eaglet #19-1013 has been doing well in the A3 flight enclosure during the past few weeks, and has been joined by several other recovering eagle patients! As of July 1, the Center is caring for six Bald Eagle patients; young Bald Eagle #19-1013 currently has the advantage of a fellow eaglet “nestmate” as well as two adult Bald Eagles. Check out Critter Cam 3 – we alternate between showing “Eagle Cam” and “Owl Cam”!