Sad News - dead Bald Eagle
- 10 May 2010 - I am saddened to tell you that last Friday a neighboring
rancher informed me of a dead mature bald eagle in their vineyard. I
investigated and found it almost directly below a power line that had very
close spacing between the lines. I know that this bird was accustomed to
power poles and lines as I saw it fly to the top of a power pole two days
prior to its death. This mishap looked like a mid-span collision .as I
could see an abrasion line on the feathers of one wing .and at this point I
am almost certain this was the cause of mortality.
DFG has been notified as has the appropriate wildlife biologist with PGE
(who must report to USFWS). I have worked with PGE in the past and the
company has been very good about retro-fitting power lines and poles to
insure that such raptor mortalities do not take place in that area in the
UC-HREC has hopes of obtaining a special "USFWS Salvage" permit to retain
the specimen for educational purposes.
I am very disheartened by this event as I had hopes that the pair of bald
eagles that had spent much time here in February/early March may actually be
nesting in the local Hopland area. If that is the case, I hope the
remaining parent can successfully rear the young, which should be hatched by
now. This is all in theory however, as a nest has NOT been found to date.
Good birding. Bob Keiffer
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