On April 30, a male fledgling Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Virginia Beach. The eaglet came from an active nest on Linkhorn Bay; part of the nest fell out of the tree on April 29, and one of the two young Bald Eaglets fell with it. The bird was not quite ready to start actively flying, and the eaglet was not able to be safely re-nested, so he was taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator prior to being transferred to the Center.
Dr. Ernesto examined the eaglet when he arrived and found no injuries on exam or radiographs. Blood work was within normal limits, with no lead detected. The eaglet was moved to flight pen A1 so that he could be with another Bald Eagle, patient #20-0172, a mature female.
According to Reese Lukei with the Center for Conservation Biology, the parents of this eaglet are an older pair of Bald Eagles. CCB biologists first noted them nesting together in Virginia Beach in 2009, making them at least 17 years old. From 2009 to 2020, the pair of eagles produced 23 chicks; 2013 was the only year that they had no offspring.
During the week of May 4, the two eagles will be moved to flight pen A3 -- watch for them on the Center's Critter Cam!