The Institute of Wildlife Studies (IWS) today posted the information they received on the apparent cause of death for the eaglet at the Catalina West End nest that died as they started the banding process about a month ago. Here is their info:
“We have received the necropsy report from the the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on the West End chick that died on May 28. The nestling had symptoms of acute septicemia (bacterial infection in the blood), and this was the apparent cause of death.”
They also said that it was a girl, and many watchers have unofficially named her Angel.