Wildlife rehabilitators manufactured a rare rescue in Nissequogue Village this week of a baby eagle that had fallen 80 ft from its nest and was becoming attacked by other birds.
Janine Bendicksen, director of wildlife rehabilitation at the Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown, explained she utilized a towel, warm fluids and a borrowed bucket truck to protected, treat and return the bird to its nest at the Nissequogue Golf Club on Tuesday just after a suggestion from the club groundskeeper.
Bald eagles were being at the time nearly removed from New York Point out. They rebounded in current years, with at minimum 15 active nests on Prolonged Island. For the past various a long time, folks have reported seeing bald eagles about Stony Brook Harbor, explained a spokeswoman for the state Section of Environmental Conservation.
Sweetbriar, an unbiased not-for-gain, takes advantage of grants and donations to fund its rescue function. Numerous of the calls its rehabilitators get about downed eagles flip out to entail “pigeons or hawks,” Bendicksen mentioned. But she realized, pulling up in a golfing cart with club workforce shortly following 11 a.m. Tuesday, that the suggestion experienced been fantastic: In front of her was a younger eagle with a 6-foot wingspan becoming attacked by robins and pink-winged blackbirds who noticed it as a threat.
The eagle, which she said was probable feminine and about a month and a fifty percent old, was much too youthful to fly and had most likely “misstepped” during a finding out stage where by younger eagles “grip and leap, go from department to branch,” Bendicksen reported.
Rehabilitators netted the eagle, which struggled until eventually Bendicksen draped a towel above its head. She then carried it “form of like you’d hold a soccer less than your arm,” securing its wings and talons that could have sliced her flesh to shreds.
At Sweetbriar, Bendicksen and colleagues intubated the eagle to feed it a alternative of salts. Their actual physical evaluation showed no accidents.
That afternoon, they returned to the nest, hitching a experience in the bucket of a tree-services truck that had been doing the job at a personal assets near the golfing study course.
Eagle nests may weigh much more than a ton. This a single — in the higher branches of an old-development oak — was a lot more than 5 feet in diameter. Bendicksen spotted an additional sibling eagle on a close by branch and deposited her cost in the nest. “I feel I was strolling on a cloud,” she stated. “I consider everybody was.”
The rescue arrived as officers in neighboring Head of the Harbor requested citizens in a municipal web site publish to be cautious working with fireworks this summer time mainly because of the eagle population.
“Tone it down a bit when you are in the vicinity of the shoreline,” reported village Mayor Douglas Dahlgard. “You never know the place the eagles’ nests are, so just be cautious.”
DEC spokeswoman Aphrodite Montalvo said in an e-mail that bald eagles were sensitive to a variety of human activities, such as fireworks detonation. Agitated “eagles may perhaps inadequately construct or maintenance their nest, could devote also significantly time defending the nest instead of caring for their youthful” or even abandon their nest, she stated.