On Tuesday, The New York Daily News reported a story about an English woman who had received an unusual visitor—a Russian Steppe Eagle with a 4-foot wingspan. While watching a tennis match on TV, Wendy Morrell, 55, and a friend ducked as a large eagle flew into her house and perched itself on top of a cabinet. It then began eating her potpourri. Morrell’s friend put on a jacket and gloves and tried to coax the eagle from the cabinet. The two women also tried using pieces of ham as bait. Unable to get the eagle down, they called the local police, who referred Morrell to a bird sanctuary.
The women placed Morrell’s barking dogs in another room and closed the curtains to darken the room. They wanted to keep the eagle calm until help arrived. John Ball of Wessex Birds of Prey Rescue arrived to remove the trespassing eagle. Ball said he expected to find a hawk instead of a massive eagle. Fortunately, Ball recognized the eagle and knew its owner. The eagle’s name was Storm and had left home after being scared off from a loud noise. Storm’s owner reported the eagle had disappeared three days ago.
Ball captured the eagle by using a dead chick as bait. The story had a good ending as Storm and owner James Moore reunited. The Metro News reported that Moore was training Storm to chase off seagulls at a local landfill. The Russian Raptor website says the Steppe Eagle is flexible when building a nest. Their nests can be on the ground, cliffs, flat steppes or near power lines. Nests may consist of cloth, paper, rope, polyester and bones of large hoofed animals. The Steppe Eagle diet includes rodents and smaller mammals. The Steppe Eagle can also temporarily hold food in its throat until it moves into the stomach.