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Father, son rescue injured bald eagle on Mid-Shore

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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:00 am

Marvin McCumbers Jr. of McDaniel and his dad Marvin of Federalsburg did not catch many fish during an early morning Wittman fishing trip, but instead helped save the life of an injured bald eagle.

Both saw a bird dive into the Chesapeake Bay, but did not pay any attention to it until it began to splash.

It looked like it was really struggling,” Marvin McCumbers Sr. said, “It was trying to swim to shore. That’s when we knew it was hurt. It wasn’t ‘til it came closer we could see what kind of bird it was.”

The large bald eagle swam for nearly an hour before reaching a small beach off Bay Shore Road. The McCumbers said they began calling rescue agencies when they knew the eagle was hurt including the Natural Resources Police before reaching the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.

“We couldn’t get any help from anyone else besides Tri-State Rescue and their closest volunteer was in Newark, Del.,” McCumbers Jr. said. “With this heat, that eagle could have died before they made it here. I couldn’t let that happen so I said I would take the eagle to them.”

While waiting for someone to help, the McCumbers made sure the bird had water to drink and fish to eat.

“He really seemed grateful for the fish. I knew that swim took a lot out of him, but we couldn’t help him until he made it to land,” McCumbers Jr. said.

The two men talked to the eagle while gently trying to wrap it in a large white blanket, making sure not to cause more injury to its right wing and leg. The eagle seemed nervous and tried to scamper away from the two men, but after a few minutes the eagle calmed, allowing the McCumbers to carry the bird to be placed in a large box.

“This is sickening, it is a bald eagle. Everyone should have come to help. We want everyone to start caring. We care,” McCumbers Sr. said as they carefully positioned the box in the back of his son’s SUV.

McCumbers Jr. met a volunteer from the center near Price to deliver the eagle. While talking to the volunteer about the eagle’s injuries, he asked if he could become a volunteer to transport injured or sick birds.

“We need more folks from the Bay Hundred area to become a volunteer. A two-hour wait is just too long for a response for a bird on a hot day like today.” he said.

The McCumbers are waiting to hear from Tri-Sate Bird Rescue and Research to hear how the eagle is recovering.

For more information about Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, visit www.tristatebird.org. If an injured or ill wild bird is located, call 302-737-9543.

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  • mgbboc posted at 4:10 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    mgbboc Posts: 37

    A big thank you to the McCumbers and Tri-State Bird Rescue. My daughter took an injured raven to them years ago and they were wonderful about letting her know how he was doing. Would suggest you do like the McCumbers and call first if possible before touching any wild bird. They can give you instructions on what to do and how to do it safely for both the bird and yourself.

  • passion4felines posted at 11:07 am on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    passion4felines Posts: 5

    Thanks so much to both Mr. McCumbers for caring. Bless you for your kindness and concern, and staying with the bird until he could receive care for his injury. Marylanders are good people.