[Tweeters] Bald eagle crashes into Puget Sound

Wayne Palsson wpalsson at gmail.com
Tue Jun 11 13:14:41 PDT 2019

I have seen and know of several instances of bald eagles not getting back
out of the water after misjudging their prey. Believe it or not, they can
row to shore--very awkwardly--and walk up the beach. I encountered this
off Patos Island in the San Juans. Once ashore the eagle did not look
happy as someone (me) actually caught them in the embarrassing moment.

Wayne Palsson
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Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 17:49:18 +0000 (UTC)
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic at yahoo.com>
To: Martha Jordan <mj.cygnus at gmail.com>, "tweeters at uw.edu"
<tweeters at uw.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Bald eagle crashes into Puget Sound
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There are several resident nesting pairs of bald eagles in the
Edmonds-Woodway area as well as unattached juvies, sub adults, and adults
that pass through or temporarily stay in the area.? It would not surprise
me if they occasionaly get into squabbles over territorial air space.? ? I
have also seen one try intimidate another one to drop a fish it had
caught.? ?

Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 10:39:57 AM PDT, Martha Jordan <
mj.cygnus at gmail.com> wrote:

Today while riding on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry (about 1/4 mile offshore
heading west) my friend witnessed two bald eagles have an aerial contact
scuffle. Both were spinning and flapping. A third bald eagle came by and
strafed the fighting duo. One of the scufflers let go and fell into the
water from about 30 feet up. The other two eagles took off.? ?As she
watched, the now water logged eagle took more than a minute or so before it
was able to get up enough energy to once again become airborne. She was not
sure it was going to make it as it was struggling in the water as the ferry
moved along.? ?Have any of you seen this behavior off shore before?? I know
they fight and can drop into the water or crash on land. Thankfully the
eagle was able to get off the water and fly.
Martha? JordanEverett, WA_______________________________________________
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