Date: 12/28/17 8:37 am
From: Phillip Arsenault via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Yes they do feed on carcasses and that is how they get lead poisoning if the eat a deer that has been shot and consume the lead.

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> On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> 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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