Eaglets rescued near Sequim returned to nest by zip line

Photos by: Keith Ross, www.keithsframeofmind.com

SEQUIM, Wash. — Two eaglets, with help from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and its partners, were returned to their nest using a zip line and some helping hands after they were found in some bushes near Sequim.

A woman was taking her morning walk when her dog sniffed out the 3 to 4-week-old birds in some bushes near the nest tree.  Her husband called retired wildlife rehabilitator Jaye Moore, and soon experts swooped in to help return them to their home.

Once Dr. Rose from Grey Wolf Veterinary Hospital determined the eaglets were not hurt, WDFW started plans to return the young birds to their nest overlooking Dungeness Bay.

Center Valley Animal Rescue wildlife rehabilitator Sara Penhallegon cared for the eaglets at the site before they were placed in a duffle bag to be zip-lined back to their nest.

The owner of Pacific Northwest Tree Service, Casey Balch, then climbed the nest tree, took each eaglet from the bag, and returned them to their nest as one of the adult eagles flew overhead, WDFW said.

A WDFW biologist and neighbors have been carefully watching the nest and were encouraged to see an adult eagle in the nest the following day as well as the eagles feeding both eaglets on several occasions.

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