The villainous side of V.F.D. have a convocation of eagles, which bend to their whim at the blowing of small, silver whistles. They are first mentioned in The Ersatz Elevator, when Jerome Squalor says to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire,
- Ah! You're adventurous! I like that in a person. Your mother was adventurous, too. You know, she and I were very good friends a ways back. We hiked up Mount Fraught with some friends — gosh, it must have been twenty years ago. Mount Fraught was known for having dangerous animals on it, but your mother wasn't afraid. But then, swooping out of the sky— (p. 27)
In The Slippery Slope these eagles carry off Bruce and the Snow Scouts. In The End Kit tells the Baudelaire children that the eagles attacked Hector's self-sustaining hot air mobile home, causing it to crash into Captain Widdershins's submarine, the Queequeg. This is foreshadowed in The Penultimate Peril when Kit Snicket says that Quigley Quagmire must save his siblings Duncan and Isadora when they are attacked in the sky, she later states that he is trying to save them from eagles (with a homemade net).