On September 17, a male adult Bald Eagle was found face down in a field in Accomack County, Virginia. The rescuer brought the bird to local wildlife rehabilitator Gay Frazee later that day. When Gay examined the eagle, he was dull, minimally responsive, and lying down. The bird was given fluids twice that evening and the following morning, the bird was much brighter and able to stand.
On September 18, the Bald Eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center for further care. The Center’s veterinary intern, Dr. Meghan Feeney, examined the eagle. During the exam, Bald Eagle #14-2150 was quiet, but alert and responsive. Dr. Meghan drew blood for an emergency panel, and the results were unremarkable. An ophthalmic exam was also performed along with an analysis of lead levels in the eagle’s blood -- results returned within normal limits. It's possible that this eagle suffered from acute toxicity.
After the initial exam, a series of radiographs was taken and revealed an old, healed injury on the bird’s left radius, but showed no other abnormalities. Dr. Meghan gave Bald Eagle #14-2150 more fluids and began a regimen of antibiotics to combat any possible infection. The eagle was placed in a crate in the Center’s holding room and offered a plate of chopped rat overnight. The staff will monitor the bird’s appetite and attitude during the next few days.