West Virginia bald eagle survives encounter with train

CHARLESTON (AP) — A male bald eagle feared dead after it was hit by a train in the New River Gorge has been spotted alive on its nest.

Three Rivers Avian Center director Wendy Perrone and her husband, Ron, tell media outlets that they saw the eagle shortly after daybreak Wednesday.

The eagle, named Whitey, hadn’t been seen since it collided with the windshield of an Amtrak train’s locomotive on Sunday. The Perrones and other birders searched along the tracks but found no sign of the eagle.

Wendy Perrone says they believe the train “just knocked him out.”

She says Whitey and his mate, Streaky, worked together on Wednesday to chase off a juvenile bald eagle that was flying near their nest.

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