Bald Eagle #14-1903

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Admission Date: 
August 15, 2014
Release Date: 
September 12, 2014
Location of Rescue: 
Northampton County, Virginia
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Patient Status: 
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On August 14, a juvenile Bald Eagle was found on the ground by the water in Northampton County. The rescuer noted that the bird was unable to perch on a nearby rock and brought the eagle to Eastern Shore Animal Hospital.

Dr. Cindy Johnson-Larson examined the bird and found that the bird had poor grip in its right foot as well as a dull attitude. Radiographs were unremarkable.

On August 15, volunteer transporter Lona Wilson brought the Bald Eagle to the Wildlife Center, where it was admitted as patient #14-1903.

Upon arrival, Dr. Meghan Feeney, the Center’s veterinary intern, performed the initial exam. During the exam, Bald Eagle #14-1903 was bright, alert, and responsive, but continued to show poor perching and gripping ability in its right foot. Blood was taken for an emergency panel and lead testing; results returned with a lead level value close to the treatment threshold, but was otherwise within normal limits.

The bird was given fluids and anti-inflammatories before it was placed in the Center’s holding room with a meal of chopped rat overnight. The following morning, the eagle still showed weakness in its right foot, but was bright, alert, and had eaten all of its meal.

On August 19, the veterinary staff observed the young eagle standing in its crate and noted that the bird had good griping ability in both its limbs. On August 20, carpal bumpers were placed on the bird’s wings, and Bald Eagle #14-1903 was moved to one of the Center’s C Pens [C3].

The primary medical problem is still undetermined, and the veterinary staff will continue to monitor the eagle’s gripping and perching abilities.

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September 12, 2014

Bald Eaglets #14-1767 and #14-1903 were successfully released in Northampton County at Kiptopeke State Park on Friday, September 12. The weather at the release site was overcast and cool with a slight breeze—perfect conditions for a Bald Eagle release.

 More than 200 individuals were in attendance, including the Center’s rehabilitation intern Jordan Herring, who helped rehabilitate the two birds. It was the first Bald Eagle release for more than half the guests who attended.

President Ed Clark released the two eaglets. The first bird released was Bald Eagle #14-1767. When the bird was released, it quickly flew off toward a grove of trees, and swiftly faded from sight.

Bald Eagle #14-1903 was released shortly after. The bird was very feisty and more difficult to remove from its transport crate. As soon as the bird was launched into the air, it circled around once above the crowd before it also flew into the distance and out of view.

Double Bald Eagle Release at  Kiptopeke State Park

Photos courtesy of Virginia Beach Audubon Society

Photo courtesy of Steve Coari

September 8, 2014

Bald Eagles #14-1767 and 14-1903 have been flying well during the past week – at each exercise session, both birds have been flying the length of the flight pen an average of 18 times. The veterinary team has declared the two birds ready for release.

Both Eastern Shore birds will be released back in Northampton County at Kiptopeke State Park on Friday, Sept 12 at 12:30 p.m. The eagles will be released by president Ed Clark. Kiptopeke is a major flyway for migratory birds and is within 10 miles of where each bird was rescued. The release is open to the public; visitors attending the release are asked to meet at the picnic area at Kiptopeke. Please RSVP to

August 28, 2014

During the past week, Bald Eagle #14-1903 has been bright, alert, and perching well in its C-pen enclosure. The eagle has been eating readily, and generally behaving as a young eagle should.

On August 25, the veterinary team moved the eagle to flight pen A1, where the bird joined fellow Eastern Shore eagle #14-1767. Eagle #14-1903 is able to fly the length of the enclosure and land on the high swinging perches. While the eagle needs more stamina, it has been flying the length of the enclosure an average of 10 times during daily exercise sessions. The staff will continue to monitor the eagle’s appetite and attitude.

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