We were shocked to get two calls reporting an adult Bald Eagle hit and killed on Hwy 88 in Wallace and excited to be able to help with the report on its abandoned nest of Eaglets. We are required to notify Federal Fish and Wildlife and time we handle Eagles, so we started making phone calls as we prepared to respond to the site.
The caller reported that the nest was high up on a pole and one speciﬁcally constructed for raptors by P G & E. Our next calls were made to P G & E to see if they would assist in getting us up to the nest.
Pat and Steve responded to the site with all of the supplies needed to rescue, treat and contain the Eaglets. We always also observe the scene prior to making any rescue because we wanted to see if a rescue was needed and if perhaps the nest was still attended by one parent.
We were worried from the beginning because we do not want to intervene if one parent can still raise their brood, but this is a difﬁcult endeavor for two parents. As raptors grow, it is common for one bird to protect the nestlings as the other hunts and they trade off jobs as the birds grow and the demand for food grows too.
Pat was both saddened and relieved to see that the bird that was hit in the road was a turkey. As she observed the huge nest, she also saw that this was the nest of an Osprey with both parents in attendance.
Just as we had prepared to do a rescue of amazing birds by making calls, we began making more calls by thanking those who were willing to help and letting them know of the true situation. So many times what we do is not making rescues and being very grateful to the kind and concerned people who call us.
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