Date: 7/8/18 9:34 am From: Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> Subject: [obol] Re: Bald Eagle vs. (un?)Common Murre
Not all interactions involving bald eagles and seabirds are predation events, some are scavenging. I took this photo yesterday at the mouth of Alsea Bay. The adult eagle from a nearby nest picked up this carcass of a large pelagic cormorant chick from the beach. Judging by the newly erupted primary feathers from their sheaths the cormorant was probably about a week away from fledging when it fell out of the nest under the Alsea Bay Bridge. One dead chick feeds another.
Oh and regarding puffin predation by eagles, I’m aware of two events at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. One in front of a horrified group of school children that had been watching the puffin. A good natural history lesson once the trauma subsided.