Date: 6/22/18 10:16 am From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Milpitas Eagle Chick update
Wanted to give everyone an update on the Milpitas Eagle chick.
As you may have heard, one of the chicks fell out of the tree before it was fully fledge earlier this week and was found on the ground. Fish and Wildlife came in and with the local police and other groups tried to sort out the situation. There was an attempt to put it back in the tree with the help of Milpitas fire, but the bird panicked and ended up on the ground again. It was determined it was hungry and dehydrated, so it was decided to take it to Lindsay Wildlife Center in Walnut Creek for evaluation.
It was found to be healthy, fed, watered and then they decided to make another attempt to place it back with the parents. They placed it on the roof rather than trying to put it back in the tree in hopes the parents would feed it there. A few of us were asked to take on times to monitor it until it fledged, but it pretty quickly ended up on the ground again (possibly trying to get to the tree before it could fly) and so they decided to collect it again, and took it back to Lindsay.
There was an article on it in this morning's East Bay times that reports that the decision has been made not to try to release it back in Milpitas again, and instead it's been taken to a facility (not named) where it'll spend the next few months in an open aviary learning to fly and being taught to hunt, and then it will be released into the wild to start its life as a young adult. The longer period of captivity is needed because it won't have its parents feeding it while it learns to hunt, even after it fledges, which is expected in the next few days.
It's expected NOT to be released back near the nest, but into more traditional eagle habitat.
So the news is mostly good: the bird is healthy, it's safe, it's in good care, and there's a plan to get it back into the wild as soon as possible. The only negative is that it isn't with mom and dad, but they tried and couldn't make that work. Just too many risk factors at work at that location with the bird out of the tree.
So given circumstances, this seems best possible outcome, and while we won't see junior learning to fly and bumbling around Milpitas for the next few weeks as it figures out those wings, it's got a really good chance to getting back into the wild and being an eagle for many years.