WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Eagles rescued from entanglement

Two Bald Eagles are flying free again after a scary snarl in a West Seattle back yard. WSB reader Robin thought just one eagle was entangled in the bushes when she emailed us wondering if local naturalist/urban-wildlife first responder Kersti Muul might know what to do. Robin had already called the state Fish and Wildlife Department and said they didn’t have much to offer. We connected her with Kersti, who tells the story from there (and sent the photos):

When I arrived on scene, I realized that there were actually two eagles. Not only were they really entangled in vegetation, but also were locked onto each other’s legs.

I first pruned the morning glory and blackberry off of the wings. Then waited for assistance.

Brett Rogers, a Seattle Animal Control officer, came to assist me. We netted the one on top, which seemed to be bigger (perhaps a female) And then I proceeded to prune heavily on the rhododendron. Once the whole area around them was clear, I figured they would start paying attention more to us than each other, and that’s exactly what happened. Once freed up from the vegetation, The wings started flapping and the wheels started turning.

They let each other go. The bigger one on top flew off immediately, landed on the deck for a second and then took off. The smaller one hopped and flew out, got entangled in another vine but quickly got out and landed on a fence post. He stretched his wings momentarily, And then flew off. About 5 minutes later, I could hear one calling.

Neither one was Bey. This wasn’t her territory anyway, but good to know!

(That’s a reference to this eagle rescue last February.)

44 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Eagles rescued from entanglement"

  • TM October 26, 2021 (7:06 pm)

    Nice work all! That’s pretty wild

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:44 am)

      Crazy afternoon! 🦅❤️

  • Yep October 26, 2021 (7:13 pm)

    … two in the bush? What a sight!

  • Karen October 26, 2021 (7:29 pm)

    👏team work.  Thank you❤️🦅

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:45 am)

      Of course ☺️

  • Aimeé October 26, 2021 (7:48 pm)

    So glad you were able to save them! Thank goodness for people like you.

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:46 am)

      I just feel it is what we are supposed to do… I hate suffering and these two weren’t going to make it out on their own✂️🌿🌿

  • Ted October 26, 2021 (8:53 pm)

    Interesting and super cool!! We love bald eagles. 👏😁😯😃

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:46 am)

      Me too!!! 🦅❤️

  • 🦅 October 26, 2021 (9:09 pm)

    That wind storm was something. So glad these eagles are free to use their wings again, thanks for helping them!

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:47 am)

      Yes, it’s heartbreaking to see any bird grounded and struggling.Hope they fared well last night.❤️🦅

  • onion October 26, 2021 (9:15 pm)

    Best news story of the day. Thank you to all involved in this rescue.

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:47 am)

      ❤️of course

  • Sez October 26, 2021 (9:28 pm)

    Is there an explanation for how this came about? What caused them to be tangled up this way?

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:49 am)

      They were probably tussling in air, locking legs and came crashing down (common) and continued on the ground. Where they fell was like a jungle with vines and they managed to entangle themselves pretty badly. Without the entanglement you would just leave them alone. After about four hours you can start to consider intervention to get them on their way. 

  • HW October 26, 2021 (9:45 pm)

    Kersti, you are a west seattle treasure! 

    • waikikigirl October 27, 2021 (7:04 am)

      I agree whole heartily ****Kersti you are the BEST and WS is very lucky to have you!!!    And THANK YOU to the Animal Control Officer who showed up to help!

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:50 am)

      ❤️I’m here for the critters!

  • RickB October 26, 2021 (10:03 pm)

    That’s got to be a once in a lifetime event you’d think! Can only speculate about how it came to be–were they fighting? “Courting?”In any case, it probably feels pretty good at WSB headquarters to have been the connector between the reader Robin and Kersti Muul. (If my understanding is right.) May well have saved the birds’ lives!

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:53 am)

      I’m always super grateful for Tracy bringing things to my attention. I try to do her proud 😛One eagle seemed larger than the other which leads time to think it was a female and a male, however it could very well be two males engaged in territorial disputes which ramp up later in the winter.Either way this behavior is super common. Intervention is not usually advised until after about 4 hours, but we had passed that threshold and they were severely entangled in vegetation. It was my judgement call. If injured we were prepared to bring them in and I was in contact with PAWS. But they were ready to get out of there!

  • Dad-D October 26, 2021 (10:06 pm)

    Good thing to crow about. If you were playing golf, that would certainly be a double eagle…

    • Patience October 27, 2021 (7:35 am)

      Dad joke!

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:54 am)

      I don’t golf but that’s funny😛

  • Beth October 26, 2021 (10:14 pm)

    Thank you!  <3

    • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (7:54 am)

      ❤️🦅 of course

  • Barb October 26, 2021 (10:47 pm)

    Great job Kersti!!! this is why I have you on speed dial.

  • MARIANNE October 27, 2021 (6:00 am)

    Thank you for jumping in to help.

    • Kersti Muul October 28, 2021 (8:40 am)

      Of course 😊

  • Trevor Leonard October 27, 2021 (8:11 am)

    Let freedom ring! Great job, gang. Bird is the word, hahaha – have a great week everybody.

  • eric October 27, 2021 (8:19 am)

    That’s great news!! Thank you Robin and Kersti!

    • Kersti Muul October 28, 2021 (8:40 am)

      ❤️🦅🌿and Brett!

  • Vanessa October 27, 2021 (9:01 am)

    Locked in love on a windy day with a Disney ending.   Nice. 

    • Kersti Muul October 28, 2021 (8:39 am)

      Lol that’s pretty funny 😆

  • Kersti Muul October 27, 2021 (2:47 pm)

    By the way… Bey and Jay have returned today after being gone for months!!!

  • ~Hockeywitch~ October 27, 2021 (8:52 pm)

    Thank you so much for helping these two GORGEOUS birds and all the other critters you are called to or come across.. So glad they were able to be freed to fly again…

    • Kersti Muul October 28, 2021 (8:39 am)

      ❤️🦅🌿It’s my duty to help.

  • Jort October 27, 2021 (9:48 pm)

    Two bald eagles locked in a mutually-destructive death grip relying on foreigners to help free them, yeah, no heavy-handed metaphors here.

  • JillandChula October 27, 2021 (10:19 pm)

    Wow Kersti, you are famous! And very cool. Thanks for rescuing these beautiful birds. 

    • Kersti Muul October 28, 2021 (8:38 am)

      You have a famous dog walker 😂

  • Lori October 28, 2021 (9:26 am)

    Thank you once again for everything you do, Kersti – you are both heroes! 

  • Rose De Dan October 29, 2021 (6:45 pm)

    Gratitude for all that you do on behalf of wildlife!

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