A female bald eagle successfully released in New York has been seen flying with her mate.
On January 10, 2016, three-year-old Steven Rozzi was looking out the window at his house when he noticed something big in the backyard. The young man then told his mother Cherie Bissinger who immediately identified it as a bald eagle, but the bird was struggling and unable to fly.
A call went out to the NYS DEC which then contacted Barbara “Missy” Runyan of the Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center in Hunter, NY.
Runyan and ECO Mike Buckley arrived on the scene and promptly captured the bird which was determined to be blind.
Little Steven, who originally spotted the bird, was there to watch the beautiful eagle get taken care of by Missy Runyan and ECO Buckley.
At the examination center, the female bald eagle was treated for cuts, bent feathers, and seizures. It was then that the team realized the bird was suffering from acute zinc poisoning of an undetermined nature.
The happy news is that once chelation therapy was administered the eagle responded and within a few days she had regained her sight! The volunteers, under the direction of Runyan, steamed the bird’s feathers straight, mended her wounds, and readied her for release.
A band on her leg identified her as a 13-year-old bird from Delaware County. The release happened on January 31, 2016 in the same yard where she was found, under the supervision of little Steven, of course. It wasn’t long before the eagle was seen flying with her mate, which stayed in the area, presumably waiting for her.
Three cheers for Missy Runyan and her volunteers, ECO Mike Buckley, and a big shout out to sharp-eyed Steven Rozzi for his save of this beautiful bald eagle!
All photos via Facebook/NYSDEC