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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Wednesday, February 27 2013 @ 12:28 AM EST  
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Semiahmoo * 2-25-13

I spent 3+ hours on the spit yesterday afternoon. I easily found our injured eagle. She {I think} seems to be doing better. There were many positive signs.
When I first found her, she was perched on the furthest north perch tree along with another adult eagle.

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A healthy male {I think}
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She was perched on one foot. Her broken toe clearly seen here.
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By: Darlene (offline) on Wednesday, February 27 2013 @ 12:32 AM EST  
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Great pics Doug. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this is or becomes her mate! She would find life easier with a mate to watch over her!fingers crossed


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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Wednesday, February 27 2013 @ 12:35 AM EST  
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Semiahmoo * 2-25-13

She tends to her wound.
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I noticed that she could flex the toes, except the broken one, on her damaged foot.
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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Wednesday, February 27 2013 @ 12:42 AM EST  
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Semiahmoo * 2-25-13

The other eagle flew off. She remained for a while and then she took off over Drayton Harbor. She flew some distance out over the breakwater and buzzed a juvy perched on the breakwater.
The juvy took off and there was a brief aerial chase. Job done, she perched on the breakwater. I took it as a positive sign that she was feeling frisky enough to harass a juvy. Her flying looked to be free and easy, with quick banked turns and plenty of speed and control. After a few minutes on the breakwater, she returned to the original perch.
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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Wednesday, February 27 2013 @ 12:44 AM EST  
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Semiahmoo * 2-25-13

A nice landing, and she even put some weight on her bad foot.
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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Wednesday, February 27 2013 @ 12:50 AM EST  
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Semiahmoo * 2-25-13

She left the perch and disappeared behind the condos.
An hour later I found her again. She was soaring over a field and spotted some food leftovers below one of the other perch trees.
Eagles often eat in these perch trees and I expect that she found some scraps dropped by another eagle.
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On the ground, eating something.
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By: PacNorWest (offline) on Wednesday, February 27 2013 @ 12:54 AM EST  
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Semiahmoo * 2-25-13

All in all, a very positive day. She flies well, is feisty, seems strong, is finding food, and appears to still have some control of her right foot.
At this point I think she should be left to heal and adapt in the wild. I do worry that she spends so much time on the ground.
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By: Anonymous: karen6438 () on Wednesday, February 27 2013 @ 12:21 PM EST  
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Hi Doug,
What wonderful photos of the eagle! I am very encouraged by your report on how well she is adapting with her injury, that's fantastic! Wildlife and domestic animals always amaze me with their strong will to survive no matter what life throws at them, it's very humbling actually Smile I am looking forward to your report on how she's doing today. A huge thank you to yourself and Ed for being this magnificent creature's guardians!

Karen Wheatley,
Volunteer, O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife





       
   



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