July 9, 2012 in Wildlife Village by Susan M
Good Morning Everyone
I thought I would tell you about this little Golden Eagle chick that I came across last night, that was rescued from the awful wildfire in Utah last month
SALT LAKE CITY – A baby golden eagle is recovering at a wildlife rehabilitation facility after officials say it miraculously survived a Utah wildfire last month.
Kent Keller told The Salt Lake Tribune he feared the worst when he returned to the nest site west of Utah Lake to retrieve a leg band he had attached to the male eaglet June 1.
But the veteran Utah Division of Wildlife Resources volunteer found the burned bird alive on June 28 behind a charred tree, about 25 feet below the nest that was burned to a crisp in the 5,500-acre Dump Fire near Saratoga Springs.
“I thought there was no chance he would be alive. I was stunned when I saw him standing there,” Keller said. “I thought maybe I could rebuild the nest a little bit, but I took a good look at him and realized that was not going to happen.”
The 70-day-old eaglet had suffered burns on his talons, beak, head and wings. His flight feathers were melted down to within an inch or two of his wing and tail. He’s very underweight at just over five pounds.
Keller realized the eagle would not fly for at least a year and that the parents eventually would stop providing food. Not a stick from the nest was left after the fire sparked by target shooters swept through.
“I’ve seen nests burn before, but this is the first year I have seen one burn with young in it,” he told the Tribune. “They are usually long gone and flying when fire season starts.”
After permission was secured from state and federal wildlife agencies, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden assumed care of the eaglet this week.
“I wasn’t sure he was going to make it,” said DaLyn Erickson, executive director of the center. “He kind of had that look like he may have given up.”
But the eagle named Phoenix has since taken to eating beef heart and venison. He’s treated several times a day for his burns and seems to be gaining strength.
“He looks good now,” said Amber Hansen, a member of the center’s board of directors. “But we think if he had been there (at the nest site) another day, he probably would not have survived.”
What seems to have saved his life during the fire was the insulation offered by his down feathers and once-thick body, according to the wildlife rehabilitation center.
Officials hope the bird can be released back into the wild next year, but say it’s too early to tell about its future. Volunteers will work to keep him as wild as possible.
“It depends on how much follicle damage there is to his wings,” Hansen said. “If they are not too burned, he should be able to molt into new feathers next year and hopefully be able to fly.”
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Nestcap for 8th July 2012
Fish Deliveries 4
12.55 Lady jumps down from her perch and tries to cover Blue44 from the rain. She eventually manages to settle over Blue44
02.24 The rain seems to have eased now and Lady finally gets up and moves off of Blue44. Facing the camera, Lady nods off
3.00 Lady appears to be sitting in a slumped position facing 4 o’clock. Her head keeps drooping forward and think she might be sitting on part of the chick. I see his head bob around occ from behind her. They are both shaking their heads but I can’t tell if it’s raining or if the bugs are bothering them.
03.00 Lady flies off and comes straight back, landing on her perch. Blue44 goes straight up and stands beside her
03.50 It is getting light now and its been a very quiet night on the nest due to rain
04.24 Day Camera switches on gain
04.25 Laddie arrives for his morning visit
04.26 He’s off again
04.31 Lady flies off
05.37 Fish Delivery and Blue44 gets straight up and stands infront of Dad. Lady arrives now and take the fish from him and start to feed their Son
05.38 Laddie’s off now
05.53 Lady is feeding B44. It’s raining there, I think.
Lady is very busy doing her Sunday chores with much re-arranging of quite large branches, dragging one of them from one side of the nest to the other, right across Blue 44, clouting him with it as she did so!
06.46 Laddie’s back
06.48 And he is off again
06.57 Lady flies off now
07.01 Laddie flies in
07.05 And Laddie flies off again
07.52 Laddie lands back on the nest with a larch branch then moves some more
07.53 Lady seem to have flown around but not landed.
07.54 Lady has now landed
08.00 Laddie flies off
8:05am Lady mantling and Laddie flies onto the nest to discourage an intruder.He flies offf a few moments later after the all clear.
08.22 Laddie is back with another small branch
08.25 Laddie’s off again
08.38 Lady’s off now leaving Blue44 alone
10.01 Just logged on to see Lady fly off. Juvie is preening in the middle
10 16 Blue 44 has been flapping his wings and is now sitting up looking for his mum.
11.09 Lady is not far away. On the dead tree watching her son
12.07 Fish Delivery, live one. Lady takes it, Laddie flies off, feeding Blue44
12.30 have you noticed that Its live fish more and more. The reason for this is so as the chick gets used to wriggly live fish.
12.40 mum and chick preening. Juvie standing on one foot now, what a clever boy!
1:10pm Blue 44 wing flapping and chirping
15.46 B44 has shown so much interest in things off the nest in the last few days, hasn’t he? Flapping his wings like mad as well and jumping up and down. He’s raring to go!
15.49 Lady is back on the nest.
16.26 Huge fish delivery, Lady takes it and feeds juvie
5.00 Blue 44 interested in what is going on over the side of the nest.
17.09 Blue 44 feeding himself from a remnant. Standing on it and tugging at the flesh.
17-10, oh oh, he is right at the top edge of the nest, now walking back, phew.
17.32 Lady still eating the fish. Looks like Blue44 is well and truly stuffed.
19.45 Laddie has arrived with a large fish and after a brief tug of war Lady has it and Laddie has flown off
20.46 Lady flies off and Blue44 is on the nest alone
21.11 Laddie lands on the nest
21.12 Lady arrives now
21.18 Laddie takes his leave now
21.44 New post from Lowes:
22.32 Infra red camera on
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