Bald Eagle Killed In Blue Hill, Chased Into Power Lines By Crows.
Since I was a kid, I've always been kind of fascinated by bald eagles, for a couple reasons. First of all, when I was young, they were still very endangered, and it was a full-on magical event if you saw one. In fact, I never did til I was much older. And I was also intrigued by the huge wing span. They seems like living dinosaurs almost.
In my adulthood, I've seen quite a bald eagles. But it still thrills me just as much. So it's been kind of interesting to learn in the last couple years, that they don't always live the life of an apex predator. Occasionally, the shoe goes on the other talon, and eagles become the target of aggression.
You may remember earlier this year, hearing about a loon that attacked and killed a bald eagle. Likely because the eagle was stealing a loon chick, and loons can become extremely aggressive when provoked. If you've ever gotten too close to one by accident, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
It was determined that eagle was punctured in the chest by the pointy loon bill. But recently in Blue Hill, and eagle met a much more brutal end. From time to time, crows will gang up on other birds and harass them. In this case, an eagle was carrying a couple small fish, and likely the crows wanted the catch for themselves.
As they were swarming about, according to witnesses, the eagle accidentally flew into some power lines and was electrocuted instantly. even causing a very quick power-blink. The eagle fell to the ground dead, still clutching the two fish that the crows were probably trying to steal for their dinner.
Wardens deal with electrocuted eagles a few times a year, according to WGME - TV13/BDN, so it's not unheard of, but it's pretty uncommon. But then, so is getting stabbed in the chest by loon's mouth knife. Either way, it's weird to think that there's other animals out there making hard days for eagles sometimes.
It will never change how cool I think bald eagles are, even if it does give them a bit of humility. You grow up thinking that they're at the untouchable top of the heap, but it turns out they're just an everyday creature as well, in their own way. But I'm still just gonna watch in quiet awe out to camp, when they grab a fish for dinner.