Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Eaglet that fell from Dunedin nest euthanized

One of two baby bald eagles that fell about 60 feet from a Dunedin tree last week has died.

Their nest, designated Pinellas Nest No. 20, collapsed April 4 due to age and wear, sending the still-flightless 8-week-old chick tumbling to the ground. Its sibling fell the next day.

"It was a little male eaglet that came down when the nest came down (that died). He suffered from a leg fracture," said Dianna Flynt, the rehabilitation supervisor at the Audubon Society Birds of Prey Sanctuary in Maitland, where the bird was given medical care.

The bird was euthanized after it wasn't healing, and an additional fracture was discovered after more X-rays were taken.

"The bird wasn't progressing. The head of that leg bone fractured off. We consulted two of our veterinarians. There's no surgical procedure that could do anything for that leg. It could not survive like that, in the wild or in captivity," Flynt said.

The nest where the bird fell came to be known as "Hoover's nest" in February after a days-old orphan eaglet named after orphaned President Herbert Hoover was placed in the nest by the Audubon Society.

Arno Beken, who lives in the house below the 65-foot pine where the nest used to be, said he suspected that the recently deceased bird is not Hoover. Hoover is several days older than the two chicks he was placed with and therefore larger, Beken said.

The second bird that fell from the nest is doing better, Flynt said. It is beginning to fly and may be returned home as early as next week.

"That eaglet is starting to do little flights back and forth. Tomorrow, we'll be moving him to the larger enclosure," Flynt said.

The third sibling in the nest also began to fledge this week, but took a dive and couldn't quite make it back into the remnants of the nest. Local eagle watchers say it is trying to fly back up and is resting in smaller trees.

Though the nest has lost one of its chicks, the Audubon Society is hopeful that at least the survivors might be brought together once again.

Eaglet that fell from Dunedin nest euthanized 04/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jordan Spieth wins British Open (w/ video)


    SOUTHPORT, England — Someday, perhaps soon, there will be a plaque at Royal Birkdale for Jordan Spieth, much like the one off the 16th hole that celebrates Arnold Palmer and the 6-iron he slashed out of the rough in 1961 to win the British Open and usher in a new era of golf.

    Matt Kuchar plays out of the bunker on the 18th hole and finishes with bogey for 1-under 69. He had a one-shot lead after 13 holes.
  2. Fennelly: Brutal weekend could be start of something worse for Rays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Well, that was lovely.

    Brad Boxberger suffers his second loss in the three-game series, this time by allowing back-to-back homers in the eighth inning when called on to protect a 5-3 lead. “Just bad pitches,” he says.
  3. Wesley Chapel hockey camp impresses youth players, parents

    Lightning Strikes

    WESLEY CHAPEL — As a 17-year-old Triple-A hockey player, MacCallum Brown regularly plays against elite talent. As a Palm Harbor resident, he often has to travel to face that talent.

  4. Rays claim not to be panicking after third straight brutal loss to Rangers (w/ video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — There was no "here we go again" moment in the dugout as Rougned Odor's two-run homer in the eighth inning arced across Tropicana Field and toward the rightfield seats, even though when it landed, the score was tied and another late-inning Rays lead was blown.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria heads back to the dugout after fouling out in the ninth inning with the potential tying run on first.
  5. White House signals acceptance of Russia sanctions bill


    WASHINGTON — The White House indicated Sunday that President Donald Trump would accept new legislation imposing sanctions on Russia and curtailing his authority to lift them on his own, a striking turnaround after a broad revolt in Congress by lawmakers of both parties who distrusted his friendly approach to …

    President Donald Trump’s ability to lift sanctions against Russia would be blocked.