Last week the question was asked as to whether this year’s young eagles showed any signs of avian pox. An excellent question considering that is what sent the 2008 eagle chick to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. When the youngest female (HE) jumped out of the nest on June 2, I kept her overnight and gave her a good look over. Avian pox usually grows on soft tissue on the feet, eye liner and beak. HE had no signs of avian pox. Today Azalea (HH) sat on the front branch of the nest tree and I got good close-ups with the web camera. She also shows no signs of avian pox. As for HK, he appears to have left the area so I will have to look through recent photos in my archive, but I do not recall seeing any signs of pox on him.
Posted by: rlukei | July 27, 2009