Date: 12/28/17 7:31 am
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Hi Ann,

Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill, especially when it's so terribly cold.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Marlene











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From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
To: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?


I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it, eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?

Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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