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 continue to monitor the nest and post videos and photographs of the Hornby Eagles in our forum (Our Nature Zone).
September 8, 2017
The late Spring and Summer at the Hornby Eagle nest were full of roller-coaster moments. On April 4, it appeared that Em lost ("miscarried") an egg. We saw her make a "poopshot" that contained a large white mass; she was on the CU cam at the time so the camera caught this reasonably clearly. Much to our surprise, this was not the end of the season: Em laid an egg late on April 20 and the eagles began the ritual of incubating for a few hours and then exchanging places. Based on Em's behaviour on the nest, we believe she laid a second egg late on April 23, 72 hours after the first one.
On May 28, one of the eggs hatched. This would be Day 38 for the first egg and Day 35 for the second egg. We were overjoyed to see all the signs of the eagles reacting to a hatching egg and later Em fed a couple of bites of food to the new eaglet. We could not see the chick, except for some movements in the deep nest bowl.
The next day (May 29), we were dismayed to realize that the eaglet had not survived the night. There was no feeding, and both eagles were found on the baby-sitting tree. They did not appear to be incubating a second egg. The details of what happened remain a mystery.
Dad and Em stayed in the area through June and July, occasionally visiting the nest and even bringing a stick or two. Mostly we would see them on the baby-sitting tree or hear their distinctive voices nearby. The last time an adult eagle was spotted (we are not sure which one) was August 5.
Traditionally, Dad returns the last week of September. What will happen this year? Find the latest eagle news and see the latest photos by boonibarb in the Observations 2017-2018 section of our Forum.Read earlier updates here.