Saturday, August 30 2008 @ 04:14 PM EDT
Contributed by: karenbills
From: South Delta Leader
Eaglet overboard Delta Dan rescued by O.W.L.
Published: August 28, 2008 4:00 PM
It’s been an eventful week for Delta Dan, an internet star and eaglet rescued last month after tumbling out of his nest.
On Sunday he was banded and fitted with a microchip, so he’ll be easy to identify. And yesterday (Thursday) fans and friends gathered to watch his release from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society’s (O.W.L.) rehabilitation centre.
Tipping the scales at a healthy 9.6 pounds, the not-so-little guy has finally gained enough weight and grown enough flight feathers to finally leave the nest—for good.
When he was first taken to the 72nd Street centre following his July 22 fall, he was scrawny and underweight. Not all his flight feathers had come in. But he’d been trying to fly anyway.
A legion of fans had been watching his progress via an Internet nest-cam operated by the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. The Surrey-based, not-for-profit society operates a number of live streaming wildlife cameras, including the Delta 1 Eagle Nest, located not far from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.
The baby bald eagle fell about a week before he was ready to fledge.
The nest was the focus of intense interest this spring when the camera captured the mother eagle placing a stuffed teddy bear next to her two youngsters, dubbed “Delta” and “Dawn” by viewers.
The mother eagle probably didn’t realize she was providing a soft toy for her chicks, who nonetheless were observed cuddling up to the bear at naptime.
The mother also brought in a black leather glove and a number of plastic bags and junkfood.
“That was a real mystery,” said Karen Bills, project coordinator for the foundation. “It was fun to watch this pair.”
“Dawn”, actually a male, became “Dan” after his rescue—named for a treasured volunteer who recently passed away.
Delta successfully left the nest but may still be in the area. Bills said the sister may have been spotted near O.W.L. calling out.
“Maybe she is waiting around for her sibling,” Bills said. “We would like to think that when our little Danny Boy is released, his sister will be waiting.”
People from across the Lower Mainland and even Vancouver Island hoped to come to the facility yesterday to see the young eagle take flight.
“He’s got a real fan club,” said Bills, who will be bringing the teddy bear that once acted as a cuddly nest-mate to the release party.
Bald eagles are about to migrate north in order to take advantage of salmon run returns in northern B.C. and Alaska.
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