As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Fighting eagles lock talons in Portland tree

By KOIN 6 News staffUpdated: Monday, March 3, 2014, 2:14 pmPublished: Monday, March 3, 2014, 12:43 pm

Two bald eagles appeared to be stuck together in a tree in Southeast Portland on Monday, March 3, 2014. (KOIN 6 News/Dean Barron)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two fighting eagles spiraled down into a tree in Southeast Portland and became locked by their talons, but flew off and continued fighting when wildlife officials approached.

Lacy Campbell with the Portland Audobon Society told KOIN 6 News the eagles took off once she and a wildlife veterinarian got within three feet of them in the tree at SE 55th Avenue and Division.

Crews from both the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Department and the US Fish & Wildlife plus the Audobon Society went to the site after they were called.

It’s normal at this time of the year for eagles to fight, Campbell said. Largely these are territorial battles, and she said the eagles continued to fight even while they were in the tree.

Once they flew off, the eagles continued fighting, with one chasing the other.

Sometimes the eagles will fight to the death, Campbell said, or until there’s a clear winner.

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