The Hornby Eagle Group (HEG) formed in 2009 to continue broadcasting the Hornby Eagles webcam, which was first streamed in 2006. In December 2010, the Group became a registered non-profit Society in British Columbia and was renamed the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society (HEGPS).
For two years, we were privileged to broadcast a live, intimate view of a beloved pair of bald eagles, Mom and Dad Hornby, and their eaglets Phoenix (2010) and Alexandra & David (2011). The original webcams were retired in the autumn of 2011. In April 2012, HEGPS installed a new camera on "Gregg's Tree", which is about 230 feet from the nest tree; while the view is not as intimate as provided by the older cameras, we can see the Hornby's territory and perch trees, as well as the nest tree and nest itself. The Hornby Island ground crew continues to monitor the nest and post videos and photographs of Mom and Dad Hornby in our forum (Our Nature Zone).
The months of November and December 2014 were relatively uneventful for Mom and Dad. Weatherwise, there were a few strong storms with high winds and rain, which they (and the nest) weathered sucessfully. The days were short and we had a few issues with the cam system, so some days the cam observations were not as extensive as usual. The Ground Observations topic in the Forum holds some interesting information and wonderful photos for the past couple of months.
Other eagles (as well as a Perigrine Falcon) have been in the area, sometimes eliciting loud calls from both eagles, plus the occasional chase. However, sometimes the visitor has perched on the same tree as Mom and Dad or in a nearby tree.
We have seen both Mom and Dad visiting the nest - Dad brought food to the nest for Mom on December 16 and we believe there was a mating off-nest on December 19. However, there has not been any nest repair activity as would be common for the Fall months. What will 2015 bring for the eagles? Stay tuned ... and check the Forum for daily information.
Mom and Dad returned from their salmon-feasting to the tree that has now held an eagle's nest for 25 years (1989-2014). Although several eagles were seen throughout the month in their territory, we could not confirm absolutely that any of them were Mom and Dad until October 22. Before that, one notable visitor - perhaps a five-year-old, based on the feather colorations - spent four hours sitting in the nest while a second eagle sat on a branch of the Babysitting Tree. Could that nest visitor have been Hope, who was hatched in this nest in 2009? Check the photos posted in the forum topic and see what you think: Ground Observations 2014.
As seen in this 9-minute video, Mom and Dad visited the nest together on October 24. Dad is there first, Mom arrives around five minutes into the video.
After a season of ups-and-downs, Mom and Dad fledged one gorgeous eagle, whom we called "Scootch" for Dad Hornby's stylish manner of settling in the nest with a kick of his feet and a wiggle to ensure a perfect nest bowl.
Here is a video compilation of the season's important moments, including Scootch's fledging on August 8 at 90 days of age, her/his fall and subsequent homecoming two days later and departure with Mom for the salmon runs.
Read earlier updates here.