On June 24, a hatch-year female Bald Eagle was found on the ground in Northumberland County by Animal Control Officer Kevin Keeve. The eaglet was taken to wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor for immediate care. Diana noted that the bird’s primary feather shafts were infested with maggots, but the young eagle had no other abnormalities. The feathers were flushed with Capstar [an anti-parasitic medication] and the Bald Eagle was transported the Center the following day.
During the initial exam, Bald Eagle #15-1312 was bright, alert, and responsive. Dr. Helen and Dr. Meghan noted that there was damage to multiple feathers shafts on each of the eagle’s wings. Blood work and radiographs were unremarkable. The eagle was given fluids and supportive care before it was placed in the Center’s holding room overnight with a meal of fish and rat.
The following morning, Bald Eagle #15-1312 was bright, alert, and had eaten most of her meal. The veterinary staff noted discharge from the bird’s left primary wing feathers and flushed the areas with Capstar. A maggot was also removed from one of the feather shafts during the flushing. The staff then began the bird on a three-day regimen of antibiotics and anti-inflammitories before the bird was returned to her airline crate in the Center’s holding room.
On June 27, veterinary staff observed no discharge or maggots and cleared the bird to move outside to one of the Center’s C-pens [C1] the next day. The staff will continue to monitor Bald Eagle #15-1312 for any signs of discharge or maggots during the next week and will recheck blood work on July 6.
If Bald Eagle #15-1312 continues to improve, she will be moved to larger flight pen and placed with other young eagle patients.