“Fallen Eaglet Returned to Nest - Oldest Eaglet Fledges”
The eaglet that fell from the nest yesterday (band HE) was returned to the nest this morning. This female was the youngest of the three and had not yet developed the flight muscles necessary to fly. On the ground the eaglet would have susceptible to predation and it would have difficulty getting fed by the parents. Given these challenges it was decided that returning HE to the nest was the best course of action.
Climbers from Nuckols Tree Care again donated their services to return the bird to the nest. Biologists from VDGIF and CCB were present and closely monitored the procedure. While HE had not done much practicing or exercising its siblings have been much more active. The oldest (band HK) has been especially active, and it was not surprising when this bird fledged from the nest in light of the activity around the nest. HK's first flight was smooth and after several strong wing beats he soared to a tree approximately 700 ft away from the nest.
We expect HK to return to the nest to feed and to remain in the area for some time.