2004-06-11 / Community

Bald Eagle Visits Jamaica Bay Last week, Don Riepe, the Jamaica Bay Guardian, and Chris Nadareski (NYCDEP) found an injured Bald Eagle on one of the islands in Jamaica Bay while assisting the National Park Service with a gull nesting survey. They came across the bird sitting on a sand spit. The big raptor had a broken wing and was unable to fly. After a brief chase, they caught the eagle and brought it to a raptor specialist for rehabilitation. "Bald eagles have made a great comeback in New York State and several sightings have been recorded recently at the refuge. Usually they are immature birds wandering in search of new territory, but this is the first adult I’ve seen in Jamaica Bay" said Riepe. "It would be neat to have a resident eagle in the bay, but I don’t believe there’s enough habitat to support a nesting pair". Pictured, Chris Nadareski holding bald eagle.

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