There have been a few more updates on the condition of Baby eaglet Harmon in the Minnesota Bound nest. (For details of what happened to Harmon and video of his rescue on Friday afternoon, please see my previous blog.) First, Minnesota Bound published a video on their blog late Friday that gave more details about Harmon’s Rescue and taking him to the Raptor Center for evaluation. Here is a link to that video: http://www.mnbound.com/bald-eagle-blog/2012/5/4/the-rescue-video.html
At 1:13 Pacific Time Saturday, there was also an update about his condition on Facebook: *Harmon is in good hands at the Raptor Center. He was in rough shape, but still doing well. The doctors said he has been doing better than they anticipated. We hope to have detailed information about his condition in the near future. Also, refrain from burdening the Raptor Center with additional calls at this time. They need to do their job. We appreciate all of the support and will update as we learn more.”
From following the chat room on and off since this morning, I have read reports of at least the mom eagle visiting the nest with a fish, which she ate because there was no one to give it to.
Also, someone commented on my previous blog, telling me the story of the rescue of the Virginia eaglet and his return to the nest. The parents happily welcomed the chick back and continued to care for it.
Added late in the Afternoon: Raptor Center Blog
It would seem, however, that time is still of the essence in getting the chick in good enough shape to return to the nest before the parents give up.
On the Raptor Center Blog today, they gave a very thorough update on Harmon’s condition, complete with an x-ray showing no broken bones. I could not get the pictures to insert into my blog, but here is the link to the Raptor Center blog and the complete text. I love the x-ray of Harmon’s little body.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 – Raptor Center
“As followers of MN Bound’s Eagle Cam are aware, yesterday was an eventful day in the life of a very young eagle chick here in Minnesota. Thousands of people around the world watched as the eaglet, less than three weeks old, struggled for hours trying to free its entrapped wing. With the chick getting weaker and authorities concerned that the eaglet was entangled in fishing line, the Fish and Wildlife Service issued a special permit to allow intervention at the nest. After climbing into the nest and freeing the chick’s wing (which was trapped by nest structure, not fishing line), tree-climber and avian expert, Jim Mussel noted the chick’s poor condition and chose to remove it from the nest, bringing it to TRC for medical evaluation and care. (Click here for the rescue video).
“When the eaglet arrived late yesterday, it was immediately provided supportive emergency care. The chick’s wing was bruised and swollen from being trapped and it had multiple wounds on its back that had become infested with maggots. With the chick very depressed and a bit dehydrated, we are staging its exams, diagnostics and treatment to prevent too much stress to its weakened body. This morning, the chick is stronger, eating well and looking substantially better. There are many considerations when working with a bird this age including preventing nutritional problems and abnormal behavior development. And we know that with no other chicks in the nest, the parents will not hang around for very long without a chick to feed. We do not yet know how long it will take the chick to recover enough to be returned to a nest (or even if it will recover enough). We will, however, keep everyone updated on a daily basis while the chick is with us.
“As always, we are very grateful for those of you who provide support for The Raptor Center’s work – without you, we would not be around to assist in situations like this. For those of you who would like to know more or make a donation, please click here.”