One day Kathy Pitts was out walking her dog around her neighborhood in Sequim, Washington. Her dog was very curious all of a sudden and started barking, leading Pitts to a bush on her neighbor’s yard.
Huddled in the shade of the leaves, were two small birds covered with downy, grey feathers.
They were offspring of local celebrity couple Ricky and Lucy, a bonded pair of bald eagles, who have been nesting in the area since around 2013.
Calling retired wildlife expert Jaye Moore, Pitts knew she had to do something as Lucy and Ricky had lost a prior pair of eaglets in recent years.
The babies were found to be approximately 3 to 4 weeks old about two months too young to even think about leaving the nest.
Moore rushed the eaglets to a veterinary center, where the pair was examined and cleaned up.
Keith Ross, a wildlife photographer who captured the rescue said:
“They’re very slow moving, very aware and alert, but you could tell they were very much out of their element,”
“Very sweet, very soft, pudgy little things.”
Casey Balch, owner of Pacific Northwest Tree Service, heard that Lucy and Ricky’s babies needed help so he cleared his schedule and rushed over.
The worried parents supervised his every move from a nearby tree.
“[Balch] ended up climbing up the tree,”
“And once he got up on the tree he put the chicks in the little green duffle bag and pulled them up and placed them back into the nest. The female eagle was circling the whole time he was up there, watching him.”
It’s been a week since the eaglets’ safe return.
People are delighted to see that Lucy and Ricky are in full parent mode once again getting straight back into their parenting duties.
“Everyone gets excited when they have chicks,”
“And then for them to fall out of the nest and for them to get replaced back, it’s pretty special — it’s like the Sequim babies got put back.”
“Hopefully they stay in this time!” he added.