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April 21, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Out on a limb

Injured eagle being held. Her wings spread. (Wildlife Center of Texas image)

But Mom, I am too big enough wing it on my own.  (Wildlife Center of Texas image)

Teenagers are simply determined to leave the nest – no matter who made what orders.

Not sure if a sibling is flapping over to help or to step on those fingers trying desperately to hold on. Always wanted to be an only child?

Watch the video and you decide.

There’s a bald eagle resort here. Papa and Mama Webster (eagle video) first claimed the pine tree in 2013 and have returned every year to raise a family.

Recently, while Mama and Papa stepped out for a couple’s flight out (They deserve that, right?), one of this year’s eaglets, Wrangler, decided to do what teenagers, do…slip out.

With disastrous results: the young eagle hit some metal flashing on the way down, then hopped across the yard a bit – instead of flying as she should.

Closely monitored by the home owners and eagle cam by her fine feathered friends, she was not in jeopardy for long. A Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden quickly arrived and carefully gathered up the lovely and transported her to the Wildlife Center of Texas where emergency treatment and x-rays were administered.

Close observation the next day revealed that the eagle had an old/genetic injury in the back and hip area that would make flight difficult.

Injured eagle being rescued (Image Wildlife Center of Texas )

“Look, I appreciate the lift and snacks, but can I go back to the nest now? They are bound to be wondering. Don’t want to bother with any Amber Alert.” (Wildlife Center of Texas )

But smile!

She’s responding to anti-inflammatory treatment, standing much better and longer, gaining weight, and, best yet, attempting short low flights in her large outdoor flight accommodations.

She’s got all the time she needs to gain strength … and is requesting fresh fish for dinners…she prefers mullet. Lots of mullet.

And numerous local fishermen are glad to assist.

With a little luck and help from her friends, she’ll be ready to step out in style with smiles.

Wonder if Wrangler’s sibling is basking in the extra attention or muttering and spitting feathers with a pair of over protective parents now.

Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly – but, Eagle Baby, watch out for that first step off that limb – it’s a doozy.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Standing eagle. Recovering at Wildlife Center of Texas (FB image)

Wrangler getting ready to strut her stuff for her own graduation prom. (Wildlife Center of Texas)


  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 21 2020 6:58 am

    all the best for wrangler and her eagle friends…it feels good to read about such things… they make the world to a good place…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 21 2020 7:13 am

      One of there good things – animals are having much more use of their habits with humans caged indoors. I was surprised that the Wildlife Center says that since people are walking more, the center is receiving more injured animals and at risk babies. Someone found an injured redtail hawk just sitting on a usually busy sidewalk – waiting for help? It’s doing fine now, too. That FB page has the cutest baby bunny bunch and baby fawn pictures every – so if you need a smile, I recommend it. Stay safe and take care (and don’t chase the bunnies too much!) Thanks for flying in with a comment

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Apr 21 2020 7:52 am

    A happy ending. Right now I am craving happy endings!

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  3. pensitivity101 / Apr 21 2020 7:59 am

    Wonderful news. Beautiful bird, glad she’s going to be OK.

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  4. disperser / Apr 21 2020 8:30 am

    Nice. I’d love to have eagles in my backyard. Heck, right now I’d settle for hummingbirds.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2020 8:38 am

      This pair are quite the quiet local celebrities. One company donated really good critter cams – which helps to let the curious see, but not upset the eagles. Local authorities/ Tx parks and wildlife do help by banning parked cars and encouraging the curious to not stop as crowds upset the parents who will fly off.
      It is pretty cool to see them even at a distance over the lake fishing. Much nicer than the tourists on motor boats and jet skies HAHA
      Thanks for nesting a comment here (I am so far behind reading blogs…the backyard is still mosquito free and the weather not totally roasting yet…gotta enjoy it while you can)

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    • disperser / Apr 22 2020 9:49 am

      You are welcome, and no problem with reading my blog. Spring is a busy time for many and there’s nothing that important on my blog.

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  5. sustainabilitea / Apr 21 2020 8:56 am

    Hurrah for good news! Thanks and have a wonder-filled day.



  6. Ally Bean / Apr 21 2020 9:17 am

    Spitting feathers! Great line. Works for birds, works for people, too.

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  7. marina kanavaki / Apr 21 2020 10:01 am

    That’s one fortunate Eagle Baby!
    ps I can just imagine that Amber Alert! 😂🤣

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2020 8:30 am

      You have to wonder what the parent birds think…”Wait, there seems to be more room around the nest? What’s changed?… Hey, it looks like I gathered more food than usual – there’s leftovers? I hope that teenager didn’t fly off and take up with a bad crowd then expect to show up back here drug dependent – that won’t fly here.”
      Hope you had a lovely (if different in celebration) Easter. Take care. Paw waves and thanks

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      • marina kanavaki / Apr 22 2020 9:59 am

        I love that: “… that won’t fly here.” I can just listen to them saying that!!!!!
        Paw waves back with extra tail wags!
        You too, my friend!
        ps quiet and very very odd [our Easter] 🤔

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  8. Spinster / Apr 21 2020 6:19 pm

    Beautiful bird(s). Thanks for sharing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2020 8:26 am

      Always amazed at how big eagles are. Thanks for swooping by with a comment. (Hope you are managing and flying high where you are)

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      • Spinster / Apr 22 2020 3:30 pm

        Thank you, and you.

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  9. shoreacres / Apr 22 2020 5:36 am

    Watch that first step, indeed. It’s good to hear that help’s available for the distressed ones of the avian world. Around here, the only distressed young ‘uns I’ve seen are the babies who wonder why mom and dad can’t move a little faster with the food. It’s been quite something — I’ve got baby chickadees, sparrows, mockingbirds, bluejays, and wrens around. I think there must be baby cardinals, too, but I’ve not seen them yet. They may still be in the nest, but the parents are flying!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2020 8:25 am

      Birds and squirrel parents are really busy – and still finding time to sing (or maybe they are hoping to lullaby the kids to sleep.)
      Looks like the Boardwalk/county is closed until April 30 (Wonder if anyone noticed that HAHA? watch out for the speeding golf carts) so maybe the Big City tourists won’t flee this way quite yet.Maybe Galveston should go ahead and make “open” hours for the beaches…how about 8am to 11:00am? Although some spoiled seagulls would probably complain that causes food insecurity for them.
      Thanks for stopping by to chat and wing on!

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  10. Curt Mekemson / Apr 22 2020 10:39 am

    The bit about the local fishermen made me smile. A very human/wild life post. Perfect for Earth Day. Thanks. –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2020 11:13 am

      “Dear Nature, we miss you. When we’re back, we promise we’ll treat you better than we ever did before.Because we’re so distant from you, we truly understand how much you really mean to us” (Timberland. video

      Nature is probably hoping it’s not like that bad boy/girl friend relationship…you know difficult, tumultuous – finally freed…only to be elastic banded (“I’m sorry. I love you . I love you> It will never happen again…Promise!”) only to whipped back into it all over again… Rarely goes well.
      We can only hope. The ones who pay attention, pay attention, the others… Hope springs eternal. Onward carefully!

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      • Curt Mekemson / Apr 23 2020 4:25 pm

        Great video, Phil. Been interesting to see the impact on air quality from people sheltering at home. And I don’t think nature has missed us very much. 🙂

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2020 4:43 pm

          Been watching the air quality/heat sensor maps for a couple of weeks…waiting to see if China explodes the coloration again.
          I do wonder if any people will make actual changes after being forced into this mode of living…could be some real positive results and alternative living.
          As you say, Nature certainly has been taking well deserved advantage of our absence.


          • Curt Mekemson / Apr 23 2020 5:01 pm

            I’d like to think that it will impact people’s lives in a positive way, Phil. I hope so. It has certainly seemed to bring lots of families together. (Then of course there was China with its exploding divorce rate.) And I’d bet money on a baby boom. 🙂

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 23 2020 5:03 pm

            I stopped in my tracks one day when I heard a teen on tv talking about the stay at home order “This is the first time we’ve all been together at home at the same time.”
            Hope they decide to make it a new habit.


          • Curt Mekemson / Apr 23 2020 5:13 pm

            It will be interesting to see what history has to say about this event and its impact on people’s lives, Phil.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2020 7:55 am

            History, not reviews. Would be interesting indeed to peek in on what is said 150+ years from now – anything more recent, probably still cluttered and unfocused on actual results. Will it be in context of our times or theirs, I wonder


          • Curt Mekemson / Apr 25 2020 5:54 pm

            Historically, probably a bit of both. Can you imagine having to sort through everything.At least there will be no lack of material. Makes me want to go drink. Lysol? Hmmm. 🙂



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