Bald Eaglet #17-1354

Admission Date: 
June 8, 2017
Release Date: 
September 9, 2017
Location of Rescue: 
Chesapeake, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Fledgling bird; parents not around?
Patient Status: 
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On June 8, a young Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Chesapeake, Virginia. The eagle reportedly killed and ate a backyard chicken; the homeowner called Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation when the eagle was unable to fly away. A volunteer transporter drove the eaglet to the Wildlife Center that same day.

Dr. Ernesto examined the fledgling eagle upon admission and found that the bird was bright and alert, but very thin, with lice and flat flies. Radiographs and blood work were within normal limits.

The eaglet was given fluids and was placed in a crate in the Center's holding room for additional observation. In the following days, the eaglet ate well and was behaving normally. On Saturday, June 10, the young bird was moved to the raptor tower area of flight pen A3, where it can observe five other eagles [two adults, and three other fledglings]. When the eaglet is at a good weight and is making short flights in the tower, the doors will be opened into the main flight area, and the eaglet will be allowed to fledge and interact with the other eagles.

Your donation will help provide veterinary medical care to this young Bald Eagle during its stay at the hospital.


September 6, 2017

During the past week, Bald Eagles #17-0879 and #17-1354 have been flying well during daily exercise sessions; the rehabilitation team feel that it's time for release! 

The two eagles will be released on Saturday, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. at York River State Park [9801 York River Park Rd., Williamsburg, VA].  The release is free and open to the public; those attending are asked to RSVP to


August 29, 2017

Bald Eagles #17-0879 and #17-1354 have been flying well in A3 during the past week; they have each been flying an average of 6-11 passes during each exercise session. This week, the eagles will be pushed to 10-15 passes during their daily exercise. The team will continue to monitor the birds’ stamina and lift in the large flight pen.

July 13, 2017

On Wednesday, the rehabilitation team moved Bald Eaglet #17-1354 to flight pen A2, to share an enclosure with Bald Eagle #17-0968. The remaining three eaglets in A3 began exercise on Wednesday; the team will carefully monitor the birds to make sure all three young eagles can successfully exercise in the same space. Current wing bumper identifications are:

Bald Eagle #17-0836 – green bumpers
Bald Eagle #17-0879 – “hands” bumpers [white background with colorful handprints]
Bald Eagle #17-1181 – cupcakes bumpers

July 6, 2017

The eagle family in A3 is doing well; the young eaglets are all exploring their space and are able to fly the length of the flight enclosure. Dr. Ernesto and wildlife rehabilitator Brie will soon make a plan to begin splitting up the eaglets so that they can be safely exercised in flight pens; six eagles in a pen is too many to safely exercise. To start with, the two non-releasable mature eagles were moved to flight pen A1.

Each eaglet will need to be flight-conditioned; the rehab team will assess the bird’s altitude during flight, maneuverability, and stamina. It will likely be several weeks before the young birds are conditioned enough for release. Because eagles rely heavily on scavenging (in addition to catching fresh fish) live prey testing is not offered for Bald Eagles at the Wildlife Center.

June 22, 2017

The eagle family in flight pen A3 is doing well; earlier this week, the wildlife rehabilitation staff opened the tower doors to allow #17-1354 to fledge. The young bird left the tower sometime later that night or early the next morning.

At this point, the eagles are exploring the flight enclosure and are growing up; they aren't yet being exercised, but will likely be split up when it's time to begin. Critter Cam viewers can identify the eaglets by the color of their protective wing bumpers; eaglet #17-0836 has green bumpers, eaglet #17-0879 has "gnome" bumpers (gray background color), eaglet #17-1181 has "cupcake" bumpers (purple in color), and eaglet #17-1354 has stripe bumpers.

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