Date: 12/28/17 10:33 am From: Leslie Sturges via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Eagles are notorious scavengers and most raptors won't turn down an easy meal. I watched a red shoulder gorge on a roadkill deer for days. In fact one of the reasons eagles and hawks are so often found with lead toxicity is because of their tendency to feed on gut piles left by hunters. It only takes a single lead pellet to kill an eagle.
I saw a red bellied woodpecker feeding on a road killed squirrel last week--winter drives a lot of animals to seek fat and protein to get through the tough times.
On Dec 28, 2017 10:15 AM, "morann--- via va-bird" <va-bird...> wrote:
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?