Family of Eagles flying high again

by | Sep 29, 2023

PEN ARGYL, Pa. – In the world of wildlife rescue these are the moments to live for, as not one, not two, but three rehabilitated bald eagles were released into the hills over Pen Argyl, Northampton County.

A father and his two fledglings were found near equipment by the Grand Central Landfill crew of Ed Leary, Austin Miller, and Francesca Kelly early Monday morning as they made their rounds.

“We’ll probably never get a chance in our life to hold another one ever again.”

“So you held it.”

“We had to pick them up.”

“They are heavy,” the crew members said. They were covered in thick muck and mud.

“Completely covering their feathers to the point where they were cold, they were wet and they were very down, completely unable to fly,” said Janine Tancredi of Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.

After being called in to help, the center spent the next several days cleaning and rehabbing the feathered family.

The wildlife center’s Tancredi and Susan Downing believe the birds were blown from their nearby nest, luckily with a very involved father.

“Father still, you know, accompanying them and teaching them how to hunt. And when that incident happened, he’s stayed by their side,” Downing explained.

As the birds took flight, Mom is nearby, as the landfill is a haven for avians.

It’s a reunited family that is an interspecies love story.

“Rescue rehabilitate, release. The release part is so satisfying. And to be able to be a part of that is amazing,” Tancredi and Downing said.

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