Date: 12/28/17 8:25 am
From: Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Some years ago (25 or more) I saw Golden Eagles feasting on a carcass in a
field in Ohio across the road from my aunt's farmhouse. I called my aunt to
come see and she said "Oh they're just vultures." But we went closer to get
a better look and she agreed they were eagles. We were so surprised. But the
birds were huge and brown colored and they were not vultures.

Nancy Young
Botetourt County

-----Original Message-----
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:31 AM
To: <morann...> ; <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

-----Original Message-----
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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