FOLLOWUP: ‘Bey’ the Bald Eagle, post-release

A week and a half after her post-rehab release in North Admiral, the Bald Eagle nicknamed “Bey” is still in our area. We received photos of two sightings in the past day-plus – Mike Russell spotted her atop a tree by the Admiral Way Bridge over Fairmount Ravine this morning and watched for about 20 minutes until she flew away – the photos above and below are his.

On Friday afternoon, Frank Smith was driving through the ravine when he happened onto “Bey” and prey:

In both cases, the birdwatchers saw the green band verifying her identity, placed while PAWS Wildlife Center was caring for her after her rescue from Don Armeni Boat Ramp a month ago and subsequent internal-bleeding diagnosis.

Today we checked in with Kersti Muul of Salish Wildlife Watch, the local advocate/steward who was involved in the rescue. She is continuing to track “Bey” and reports that the eagle did eventually reunite with her mate “Jay.” If you see her you can contact Kersti at But whatever you do, don’t approach “Bey” (or any other wildlife). Kersti adds, “I would absolutely advise giving her a wide berth. As with any wild animal, but especially her right now. She just recovered from an infection that almost killed her. And the infection was from an environmental exposure, perhaps something she ate. She’s better but is just a week and a half out of rehab.” Kersti also notes that “when birds on the ground are startled, they flush and fly straight up quickly, often right into the grill of a car.” So help save wildlife by keeping your distance.

20 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 'Bey' the Bald Eagle, post-release"

  • Auntie March 27, 2021 (7:16 pm)

    Stay away from Bey. Don’t touch baby seals. Keep your distance from the Orca pods. These are all things that mankind seems to have trouble doing. Leave the wildlife alone and let it be wild! 

    • SO March 27, 2021 (9:12 pm)

      This comment should be a lawn sign and have it start with, “In this house we believe…”  

      • Kersti Muul March 27, 2021 (10:31 pm)

        All of these things are actually laws, not just beliefs. And for good reason .

  • Kersti Muul March 27, 2021 (7:28 pm)

    Just a note about banded birds… although in this case it is probably OK to infer from the bands that it is Bey, it is best to make sure you can read the bands before confidently ID-ing. Bey has both federal (silver) and (green over black) color marker bands as shown in my photo here. Federal bands are  impossible to read in flight, as the numbers encircle the entire band. The high vis band though is a lot easier to see.We removed the raccoon she was eating in the road last night to discourage her being there where she may not be seen by a car. 

    • HW March 27, 2021 (9:37 pm)

      Thank you, Kersti! WSB, I’d love a profile on our resident animal champion. What sort of work do you do for our wildlife? How can our neighbors get involved? Seems there is always so much going on (they moved a raccoon!?).

      • WSB March 27, 2021 (10:18 pm)

        Frank’s photos came in last night, and I pinged Kersti to see if the eagle at roadside with a snack was something of concern. She went out to check the scene and found what was left of the raccoon. (I couldn’t tell from the pic what it was except that it appeared to be four-legged.)

  • WS Wildlife Rocks March 27, 2021 (8:36 pm)

    So marvelous and heartwarming that Bey has recovered enough to be released from PAWS and reconnected with her mate Jay!  Many thanks to everyone involved and for the excellent WSB coverage so we can all share in this joy and good news!

  • ACG March 27, 2021 (9:00 pm)

    So glad she has found Jay!  Thank you for the update and also to those keeping an eye on her. 

  • Thankful March 27, 2021 (9:57 pm)

    I’m so happy she found Jay!Kersti – we are so lucky to have you in our community. Thank you for all that you do for wildlife here. 

  • B.vadakin March 27, 2021 (10:25 pm)

    Kersti is an amazing resource we have in WS. If you see an eagle in danger message her. I was and am so impressed with her response and knowledge. Our own local hero. Best wishes for Bey and Jay.

  • Dan March 28, 2021 (4:28 am)

    That seems like a lot of tags to be on one bird. Yes, they are small but so are her legs and I can’t imagine it being something that’s of much comfort to her. Will they fall off after awhile?

  • JD March 28, 2021 (8:57 am)

    These two were in a tree above Prince & 51st on Friday afternoon watching their juvenile fly around the neighborhood……

  • Guy Olson March 28, 2021 (11:52 am)

    “I would absolutely advise giving her a wide berth.”…..moves her food🤦🏻‍♂️

    • SA March 30, 2021 (2:42 pm)

      … do you understand the difference between “members of the general public” and “trained wildlife rehabilitators?” 

    • Kersti Muul April 1, 2021 (10:47 pm)

      Do you understand also that we did this at night after being alerted to her eating it during the DAY. Went nowhere near her. 

    • Kersti Muul April 1, 2021 (10:49 pm)

      Would you prefer she be run over Guy? 

  • Just wondering March 28, 2021 (12:21 pm)

    This story should be sent to Beyonce and Jay-Z!

  • Sunflower March 30, 2021 (5:54 am)

    Yay Bey, looking good, so happy you reunited with your eagle mate! 💛

    Thanks WSB and Kersti for the good news!

    And, as someone else commented, wish those bands on her legs weren’t necessary, though I know they have good purpose. Hope they are very light.

    • curoiusabout.. April 2, 2021 (7:43 am)

      Just think of it this way…it’s a little bling for their wrists!

  • Kersti Muul April 1, 2021 (10:48 pm)

    The bands are loose, do not fall off and do not injure them in any way. 

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