Sunday, March 02, 2008

Storm after Storm



Coastal Alaska has been having a pretty harsh winter. They have been getting storm after storm with loads of snow accumulation. When not getting hit with a storm, they have been having some pretty cold temperatures. My friend, Steve, in Yakutat says that locals have been feeding the resident eagles because they are having a tough time. This has made some statewide news outlets, such as APRN. This is an interesting little article from the radio.



Freezer burned moose meat seems to be a favorite. How many eagles do you count?



The Alaska Raptor Center has been having an unusually busy winter, as has Bird Treatment and Learning Center. These eagles are not getting the press that the fish slimed eagles of Kodiak have, but may have worse odds. If you feel like helping out, I am sure these worthy avian centers won't turn you away.



Thanks for passing along the gorgeous photos and interesting information, Steve.

14 comments:

KGMom said...

Oh my goodness--practically hand feeding eagles? How cool is that.

mon@rch said...

Your eagles are like our chickens! I am so sorry to hear this but wow, I guess the eagles are having such a hard time! Please keep us updated!

Dave said...

Thanks for the shout Trixie. At Bird TLC we've taken in 14 eagles so far this year, not including the slimed ones from Kodiak. You've seen me pick a few up at your grey warehouse.

egretsnest said...

Wow! What an amazing story and amazing pictures! So, cool! Let's all help these amazing eagles! Trixie, you rock for sharing this news!

Beth said...

Those pictures are incredible. The eagles must be hungry to come around like that to get their food.

nina said...

I'm glad they're getting fed--yet seeing such a noble bird, gathered in a flock like pigeons, is somehow disturbing.
I guess the famine must be life-threatening for them to behave that way. I feel for them--so in need.
What an opportunity to see them up close!!

Mel said...

Wow! How close to those guys!
Hope they can feed on their own soon.

RuthieJ said...

Gosh Trixie, that's amazing. I counted 25 eagles in picture #2. Do you know if they continue to get fed like that whether they'll go back to catching their own food once spring finally arrives?

Mary said...

Oh, my. I've never seen anything like this. It's like throwing bread crumbs to gulls!

Let us know how they fare. Amazing.

And I hope the weather changes soon...

Susan Gets Native said...

I'd wet myself if I saw that many eagles together at once.

Meggie said...

Wow Trixie! They are some pretty impressive photos. I hope they are soon able to fend for themselves.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen so many eagles in one place at one time. Starvation must find them doing strange things.
These pics are incredible, there is no fear of humans and the hand that feeds them.
First it was Dave helping eagles and now folks helping them by feeding.
Nature Knitter's Mom [Betty K]

Susan Gets Native said...

*Said in a thick Scottish accent:
"Captain! There be eagles here!"

Larry said...

I have to laugh when I see that.-Peolple drive all along the CT River just to see one eagle at a time!-Amazing photo from where I stand.