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Mooseheart eaglets removed, taken to shelter

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  • While the adult eagles at Mooseheart stayed close to their eaglets this week, the adults were never seen taking food to the nest.

      While the adult eagles at Mooseheart stayed close to their eaglets this week, the adults were never seen taking food to the nest.
    courtesy of Mooseheart

  • On Thursday the two eaglets were seen in their replacement nest, which had been put in place on Tuesday. The original nest fell to the ground in heavy thunderstorms Sunday.

      On Thursday the two eaglets were seen in their replacement nest, which had been put in place on Tuesday. The original nest fell to the ground in heavy thunderstorms Sunday.
    courtesy of Mooseheart

  • Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation executive director Dawn Keller is lowered from the tree containing a temporary nest with one of two eaglets that were removed from Mooseheart Thursday night. They were dehydrated and emaciated, she said.

      Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation executive director Dawn Keller is lowered from the tree containing a temporary nest with one of two eaglets that were removed from Mooseheart Thursday night. They were dehydrated and emaciated, she said.
    Courtesy of Mooseheart

  • In a scene played out many times from Tuesday to Thursday, one of the adult eagles at Mooseheart sits (upper right) on a branch near the replacement nest (lower left), which had been put in place on Tuesday. The adults were never seen to enter the nest nor to feed the two eaglets in that nest, so the eaglets were removed for their well-being.

      In a scene played out many times from Tuesday to Thursday, one of the adult eagles at Mooseheart sits (upper right) on a branch near the replacement nest (lower left), which had been put in place on Tuesday. The adults were never seen to enter the nest nor to feed the two eaglets in that nest, so the eaglets were removed for their well-being.
    Courtesy of Mooseheart

 
 

The effort to reunite two bald eaglets with their parents at Mooseheart this week didn't work out after all, as the parents weren't feeding the babies.

The eagles' nest fell during a storm Sunday. Volunteers and wildlife rehabilitation experts built and installed a new nest and put the eaglets in it Tuesday.

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Eagle-watchers initially thought it was a success, as a parent eagle was spotted with eagle feces on its wing -- likely from the eaglets.

But an inspection Thursday revealed otherwise. The rehabilitation team watched all day, but saw no signs of the eagles interacting with or visiting the eaglets. At one point an eagle was seen eating a fish above the eaglets, ignoring the young as they stretched toward it.

The rehabilitation team planned to assess the eaglets' health Friday, but moved it up when a free bucket truck became available Thursday.

"As soon as I saw them, I knew that they hadn't been fed," said Dawn Keller, executive director of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington. "They looked worse than when I put them back up. So I'm glad we went up there (Thursday night) as opposed to Saturday, which would have been our next opportunity."

Keller said Friday the birds were alert, and able to eat small bits of solid food.

"I felt that if we waited until Saturday, we'd have had a dead bird or critical birds," she said.

Keller didn't know why the adults didn't take to the new nest. And it is possible when the birds are released to the wild, it may happen at Mooseheart.

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