CROW reports eaglets E17 and E18 are doing well

Published: January 30, 2021 2:41 PM EST
Updated: January 30, 2021 6:48 PM EST

E17 and E18, Harriet and M15’s eaglets, are doing well one day after being removed from their famous SWFL Eagle Cam Nest.

The team at CROW is giving the 1-week old eaglets antibiotic eye drops three times a day during feedings to minimize handling, according to a Sanibel’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Facebook post.

CROW took the eaglets from their nest in North Fort Myers on Friday because of an infection in their eyes. Their eyes appeared to be crusty and they were having a hard time opening them, CROW said.

CROW is also giving the eaglets an injectable antibiotic to help with the infection.

Examining samples of the crust under the microscope did not help vets determine what it could be, but a sample has been taken.

CROW also has both eaglets on a feeding schedule that allows them four meals per day.

“Through cytology (examining samples through a microscope) done in our clinic, we are able to narrow down potential types of infections which allows our use of antibiotics to be the most effective to clear the infection,” CROW said. “We will not know the definitive type of infection until we receive results from the swabs we have sent for testing.”

Once the eye infection clears, CROW plans to return the eaglets to the nest to be reunited with Harriet and M15.

The care of the eaglets has helped CROW raise funds through Facebook. Their first post on the eaglets garnered them close to $20,000. Their most recent one on Saturday afternoon had a donation amount of $5,291.

On Saturday, CROW also answered some of their commenters questions:

  • Will the parents accept the eaglets back and continue to care for them?
We never know exactly how the adults will respond. It is not a certainty they will accept them back and depends on the amount of time the eaglets are away from the nest. This why it is so important that we get them back as soon as we possibly can and also why extreme caution is used by USFWS when granting permission to enter the nest. We have successfully renested eaglets in the past (including E8 in this very nest), so we are very hopeful they will be accepted back without any issue.
  • How long will the eaglets be in care?
This is dependent on how their eyes respond to our treatment. As soon as they are ready, we will get them back up to the nest.
  • Can you determine the sex of the eaglets?
No, we will not sex them while they are in our care. This requires a blood test that we cannot do in-house and we do not want to cause additional stress by drawing blood if it is not necessary.
  • Will the eaglets be banded/tagged?
No, the eaglets are too small to be banded and this also requires an additional permit. We do not band or tag any birds released from our care unless it is specifically requested by a permit holder to do so.
  • How much do the eaglets weigh?
E17 weighed 220 grams at intake while E18 weighed 157 grams.