Our First Bald Eagle Rescue of the Breeding Season | by Yara Delgado
We had quite an exciting day on November 9th after receiving a call about an injured bald eagle in Brooksville, FL. Our amazing volunteers Janis Nusbaum and Diane Manley, both having great experience handling powerful birds like eagles, took on the mission to capture it and take it to our director Kris Porter for an initial assessment.
Kris identified fight marks on the right wing and a swollen shoulder, meaning he was fighting for territory with another eagle and lost the fight. We were honored to be able to help him recover and pretty excited to know that breeding season had officially started.
Bald eagles can start breeding when they reach 4 years old, being considered young adults, but can take another 2-3 years to actually do it. That’s when territory fights start heating up and we come to the rescue of those less fortunate fighters to give them another chance to try, learn, and succeed!
After Kris’ initial assessment the eagle was taken to see The Wildlife Docs Veterinary Staff at Busch Gardens Tampa bay, where Dr. Sriggs found minimal damage but some internal bleeding and ordered two days of meds before he could be released. Kris took good care of him until he was ready to go to our partner CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) who would take care of testing his flight strength.
Turned out that this beauty was more than ready to go home and Owl’s Nest was privileged to help him get there. “Fly free gorgeous boy!” See the full video slideshow and live release video in comments on our Facebook page.
Bald eagles are usually friendly with one another except during nesting season which can last between 56 to 98 days. Starting as early as late September, gathering materials to build a nest, and ending as late as May with baby eagles ready for adventure.
The incubation period can last 34-36 days and they are considered to build some of the largest nests of all bird species. Their nests can be 5 to 6 feet in diameter, 2 to 4 feet tall, and vary in form from cylindrical to conical to flat. Pretty amazing!
They are masters of architecture and work with whatever materials their chosen tree can support. And if they can’t find a good tree, there’s nothing to worry about, they can build on the ground too with no complications.
Both the male and female work hard bringing together grass, moss, cornstalks, lichen and even feathers, in order to build their nest. This teamwork can continues for up to three months and they might reuse the nest year after year, making it it stronger with time. How incredible is that?!
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If you happen to find any wildlife in trouble, please report it to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, a Federally and State Permitted Rehabilitation & Non-Profit Organization. The fastest way to reach us is by texting (813) 598-5926 and we will dispatch a volunteer as soon as possible.
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