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A Carroll County man is being honored for a good deed that helped save some very sick bald eagles.William Fauntleroy discovered one of the bald eagles laying listless near his mailbox. After a brief search, he noticed as many as five of them acting strangely.”It was upsetting and concerning because they are my morning coffee-drinking buddies,” Fauntleroy said.Fauntleroy said the eagles started acting strangely and disoriented, and they struggled to fly, after feeding on a deer carcass in a neighboring farmer’s field.”(They were) disoriented, uncoordinated, seemed to be visually impaired. And as time went on, they became fully incapacitated,” Fauntleroy said.One of the eagles flew into a power line and died.”There were four sick ones on the ground, and the fifth one that was sick hit the power line and died immediately,” Fauntleroy said.Fauntleroy kept one of the bald eagles from drowning in the upper branch of the Gunpowder River. He called the Owl Moon Raptor Center, which sent two volunteer rescuers.They were able to pick them up gently. They did cover their eyes — I know that keeps a bird calm — and they wrapped them in blankets.Fauntleroy said the eagles were barely breathing when they were sent to the Phoenix Wildlife Center in Baltimore County for an evaluation.”It was a very distressing day,” Fauntleroy said.According to Phoenix Wildlife Center officials, all four birds are doing better. Blood samples from the birds have been sent to a state lab for testing.This story was first reported by Donna Cole, with the Annapolis Creative.

A Carroll County man is being honored for a good deed that helped save some very sick bald eagles.

William Fauntleroy discovered one of the bald eagles laying listless near his mailbox. After a brief search, he noticed as many as five of them acting strangely.

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“It was upsetting and concerning because they are my morning coffee-drinking buddies,” Fauntleroy said.

Fauntleroy said the eagles started acting strangely and disoriented, and they struggled to fly, after feeding on a deer carcass in a neighboring farmer’s field.

“(They were) disoriented, uncoordinated, seemed to be visually impaired. And as time went on, they became fully incapacitated,” Fauntleroy said.

One of the eagles flew into a power line and died.

“There were four sick ones on the ground, and the fifth one that was sick hit the power line and died immediately,” Fauntleroy said.

Fauntleroy kept one of the bald eagles from drowning in the upper branch of the Gunpowder River. He called the Owl Moon Raptor Center, which sent two volunteer rescuers.

They were able to pick them up gently. They did cover their eyes — I know that keeps a bird calm — and they wrapped them in blankets.

Fauntleroy said the eagles were barely breathing when they were sent to the Phoenix Wildlife Center in Baltimore County for an evaluation.

“It was a very distressing day,” Fauntleroy said.

According to Phoenix Wildlife Center officials, all four birds are doing better. Blood samples from the birds have been sent to a state lab for testing.

This story was first reported by Donna Cole, with the Annapolis Creative.

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