Golf course staff sees a different kind of birdie

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Submitted/The injured bald eagle is sitting just off to the right of the Hidden Creek Golf Club’s 13 hole on Friday, Feb. 1. Submitted/The injured bald eagle is sitting just off to the right of the Hidden Creek Golf Club’s 13 hole on Friday, Feb. 1.

*Updated: Wednesday, Feb.6

A “spectacular eagle” was spotted on one of Hidden Creek Golf Club’s holes on Friday, Feb.1, but it’s not the kind that normally goes along with the sport.

An injured bald eagle was seen just off to the right in the woods located along the 13th hole of the Asbury Road golf club by Superintendent Clark Weld and his dog, Chase. He called the Department of Environmental Protection and conservation officers came shortly after to pick up the bird. The eagle was taken to a specialist in Delaware to be treated. 

*The eagle is now named “Uncle Sam,” thanks to input from the golf club’s followers on social media.

Officials from the club posted an update on the bird, stating that Uncle Sam is “on the road to recovery.”  They stated the DEP, which has been caring for him since he was found, reported that he suffered an eye injury in what appeared to be a fight; however, except for the rare racoon in its nest, the bald eagle does not have any natural predators. “How well its eye heals will determine whether or not it can be released into the wild. Eagles rely on their depth perception, and an injured eye would prohibit him from hunting,” they stated.

According to the DEP, Uncle Sam is approximately 10 years old and was born in Salem County.

Eagles generally live 20-25 years in the wild, but can survive much longer in captivity. Its nest is in the woods near Hidden Creek.

“We've also learned that Uncle Sam's favorite food is fish and his favorite golfer is Jim Furyk,” the stated.


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