Bald Eaglet #20-0803

May 4, 2020
August 12, 2020
Rescue Location
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Fell from nest
Former Patient
Patient photo

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On May 4, the sibling to Bald Eaglet #20-0744 was admitted from Virginia Beach. The young female bird was on the ground, unable to fly — and had likely fledged from the nest too soon.

The young eaglet was bright, alert, feisty, and strong; she was slightly thin and had feather lice, but otherwise had no issues or injuries. Dr. Karra treated the young eaglet for feather lice and placed it in a crate in the Center’s Holding room for the night. As soon as the feather lice are gone, the young bird will be reintroduced to her sibling, as well as adult Bald Eagle #20-0172.

According to Reese Lukei with the Center for Conservation Biology, the parents of this eaglet are an older pair of Bald Eagles. CCB biologists first noted them nesting together in Virginia Beach in 2009, making them at least 17 years old. From 2009 to 2020, the pair of eagles produced 23 chicks; 2013 was the only year that they had no offspring.

Patient photo by Reese Lukei

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Patient Updates

Bald Eaglets #20-0744 and #20-0803 were released on August 12 back in Virginia Beach. Wildlife Center president Ed Clark reported that both birds flew off beautifully.

Prior to release, Reese Lukei, from The Center for Conservation Biology, banded both birds with federal and state research bands. Bald Eagle #20-0833, a female, now has a band with letters "RZ"; the smaller young eagle is now "SA".

Photos by Jim Yanello: 

Bald Eagle Release in the News: 

Wildlife Center of Virginia releases two bald eagles in Virginia Beach, WTKR

This past week, two of the young Bald Eaglets of 2020 — #20-0744 [purple wing bumpers] and #20-0803 [pink wing bumpers] were moved back to flight pen A3, after some repairs were made to the lofted nest area. The two birds started a daily exercise procedure with the rehabilitation staff; currently, the birds are flying back and forth just a few times to start to slowly build their stamina.

The eaglets in the A3 flight pen have been doing well during the past months; the birds have become more and more active as they’ve grown. This weekend, the four eaglets will be moved to flight pen A2 so that some repair work can be done on the eagle loft area next week; once the repairs are done, two eagles will be moved back to A3, and two will remain in A2. This will allow the growing birds to utilize more space during regular daily exercise in preparation for their late summer release.