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Around Hornby Island => Around Hornby Island ~ 2009-2010 => Topic started by: boonibarb on December 10, 2009, 07:47:36 PM

Title: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2009, 07:47:36 PM
This is a topic for discussion & fotos of Nest #4.

Here is Doug*s map of the nests of Hornby Island for reference.

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Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: boonibarb on December 10, 2009, 07:52:45 PM
Today i had the pleasure of TWICE getting to drive by Nest #4!
Nest #4 is right beside the road, on a sharp turn.
It is a waterfront tree.
It is leaning sharply to the right & a large chunk of the top is broken off.
The first time i passed by, there were two adults standing in the top of the tree.
Upon my return, there was only one adult in the top of the tree.

Here is a foto from this past season of Nest #4.
Doug heard that this nest had two eaglets for the 2009 season.

The nest-May 28, 2009, 5:06:12 PM

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Looking at me from the nest-May 28, 2009, 4:55:34 PM

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Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: beans on December 11, 2009, 11:31:37 AM
There certainly isn't a lack of eagle nests on Hornby Island!  Lots of competition for food?
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: BBE on December 11, 2009, 02:18:25 PM
Thanks booni for the update.

beans, when all the other eagles return to their nests, I am sure Booni will be taking photos of them; and hopefully make more threads here, where she can post and share with us her fantastic photos.
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: boonibarb on December 11, 2009, 06:29:56 PM
They all have their territories i guess beans, & food must be plentiful for there to be so many nests i would think?
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: Rajame on December 11, 2009, 08:23:26 PM
Dooki looks so happy there.  What a guy!
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: boonibarb on January 26, 2010, 08:40:03 AM
Our local photographer, Bob Cain, has a foto of Benn Kramer on his foto blog today!
Look at him climbing the tree bare foot!
He was a great eagle observer & photographer & tree climber.

http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/ (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/)

(http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/012418-ben_cramer.jpg) (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/012418-ben_cramer.jpg)
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: boonibarb on April 04, 2010, 09:44:22 AM
Gustival reported in the chat this morning  *One of the trees that has an eagles nest in it, on the island here, lost its top, just about five feet above the nest* !!!  :eceek
i hope the nest is okay, & i*ll try to get a peek at it as soon as i can.
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: boonibarb on May 20, 2010, 08:33:41 PM
i finally got a chance to look at this nest today!!!
The nest tree is indeed gravely broken!

Broken but Successful Anyway!!!  :biggrin6

may 20 2010 17:22 - eaglet!! & parent in nest!!

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Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: birdvoyer on May 21, 2010, 05:00:30 AM
Yay!!! Success stories are always welcomed.  :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 21, 2010, 11:24:00 AM
Thanks for the picture and good news, Booni. The eaglet is cute!   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: winterwren on June 05, 2010, 10:45:02 PM
Now that the good weather is back, I spent a while poking around nest #4 on my way to locate the Shingle Spit nest (see post under that thread...)

I crawled through the briars and brambles, hoping to find the actual nest tree. First off the bat I frightened a pair of towhees, who started playing catch-me-if-you-can, so for sure they have a nest right there... "Downstairs renters." :)

Then came the first clue that an eagle nest was near:
(all photos are clickable!)

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And then the second clue!  :eclol

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(There was actually a lot less of this than I expected.... maybe the tree's upper branches take most of the brunt? it's quite bushy around the nest.)

Now here's the nest tree...

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(The ivy is so beautiful, but it's actually an invasive species.)

Right beside the tree I could see the large chunk that came off during the Good Friday storm. It made a big mess.

This was late afternoon - everything backlit because I faced west - and just as at the cam nest and Shingle Spit nest, both parents were hanging out nearby, perching on the adjacent tree or flying together above the nearby field, and the offspring were not visible.
One of the parents is quite distinctive because he or she is missing a large feather on the right side of the tail. So it will be easy to recognise until the new feather grows in. You can just see the gap in this picture... I like also how the light catches both feet. Coming in for a landing!

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Here's the other parent. Nice spread! I didn't see them side by side so I don't know who is who.

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That's all for now!

Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: boonibarb on June 06, 2010, 08:40:22 AM


SO NICE to have you aboard the ground observation crew!!   :biggrin6
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 06, 2010, 02:08:04 PM
Bravo, Winterwren!  Those are great captures!     It's so nice to know that you are part of the Ground Crew, searching and finding these special places and objects.    :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: boonibarb on June 13, 2010, 07:23:38 PM
So, on wednesday, winterwren & i took a chance on a rainy day & headed out together with Dooki for an adventure to check out nest #4!
Wren showed me a new vantage point for this nest, which is looking at it from the right side of the nest.
When we first got to the spot, which is in an open field used to land a small airplane, we found one adult in a perch tree very close to the nest.
They were making an intermittent, interesting, quiet vocalization, that both wren & i have heard at other nests.
So, i tried to get a video of this sound.
It is a very quiet sound, more like a nest croodle than the all out cachunka type alert calls, & this eagle was making it intermittently.
Sometimes you will see them open their beak, but you don*t hear the sound.
It is my belief that they are making a sound that they can hear, but that we can*t.
It is also my belief that this is a sound they use to keep in touch with the young one in the nest, when they are away from the nest.
This is a hard to record sound, but you can hear it twice in this first video.
You may have to turn off other sounds, & turn your volume up a ways.

june 9 2010 15:35 - Nest #4 adult in first perch tree - interesting vocalization behaviour


After a short while, the adult flew from this tree to a further away perch tree, that is still quite close to the nest & has a good view of the water.
They continued to make the interesting vocalizations.
You can hear it twice in this video.

june 9 15:44 2010 - Nest #4 adult in further away from nest perch tree, making interesting vocalization behaviour


Winterwren & i also heard this vocalization from the adult who was perched near the Shingle Spit Nest.
We were theorizing that this was the female.
A bit later, the second adult came back to the Shingle Spit Nest, & they made the vocalization constantly, in a staccatto manner, while they flew & dived & swerved & then landed in the tree.
This second method of vocalization was also more like what i heard at Nest #25.

Title: Eaglett on the nest!!!
Post by: boonibarb on June 26, 2010, 08:54:12 PM
june 25 2010 13:57 - panting eaglet on the nest
It was a hot afternoon.
No wonder this tree broke off in the wind, look at the red rot in the broken off part.

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june 25 2010 13:59 - Nest #4 eaglet spots something

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june 25 2010 14:06 - Nest #4 adult arrives with a midshipman

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Title: Re: Nest #4
Post by: Doug on June 26, 2010, 10:20:43 PM
Great picture Boonibarb.  So it is not just our eagles that feed on midshipmen.  I wonder if Parksville eagles rely on midshipmen  - or Victoria.  How extensive is this food supply?
Title: Re: Nest #4 Le Fevre Corner
Post by: luvthebirds on July 03, 2010, 10:01:01 AM
On our recent visit to Hornby Island, I was lucky enough to spend some time with Winterwren.  She is a wonderful person and so kind to share some of her favorite island nest spots!  And, as an added bonus, Fol-di-rol was visiting as well and I met her at Winterwren's.  btw, Winterwren has a great garden, with lots of good food to eat

Anyway, Winterwren took Foldi and me out in the early afternoon on June 17th, 2010.  Our first stop was at Nest#4.  It is located on a curve in the road and we could stand on the shoulder to view the nest/take pictures.  We were lucky and saw both an adult near the nest and a juvenile in the nest.

Hope you like the photos, I hope to learn the clickable trick, but just not happening today and I am uncertain about trying the new flickr version yet.  :sad  And the photos do look better in large/original, but I have posted medium here.

I may make this several posts as there are a lot of photos.
Nest #4 adult watching over nest

Nest #4 adult, what a cutie

Nest #4 adult looks at passing traffic

Keeping an eye on the baby

Nest #4 juvenile :-)

Title: Re: Nest #4 Le Fevre Corner
Post by: luvthebirds on July 03, 2010, 10:14:33 AM
Continuation of photos of Nest#4 eagles.

I know you are in there, juvvie in nest #4

More of the nest #4 juvenile

What a pretty eagle (nest #4 adult)

Nest #4 adult looking fine

Still watching its baby on nest #4

Great watcher, nest #4 adult

Title: Re: Nest #4 Le Fevre Corner
Post by: luvthebirds on July 03, 2010, 10:23:56 AM
More with the Nest#4 eagles.  June 17, 2010.

What happend to my light? lol Nest #4 adult still on the watch

Nest #4, note the broken top from the April big wind storm. Lucky the nest was not higher up in the tree! Adult eagle in perch left of tree.

Such a great eagle, adult from nest #4

Nice profile of nest #4 adult

Title: Re: Nest #4 Le Fevre Corner
Post by: Rajame on July 03, 2010, 11:10:22 AM
Woohoo Luv!!! Great pictures and descriptions.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #4 Le Fevre Corner
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2010, 07:01:25 PM

More wonderful fotos!  :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #4 Le Fevre Corner
Post by: luvthebirds on July 04, 2010, 09:42:26 PM
This is a clickable of one of the pictures of the nest#4 adult.

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and another of the adult

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and one of the juvenile (wasn't showing much, but can see his head/beak)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4756663634_b094763397.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4756663634_b094763397_b.jpg)

Title: Re: Nest #4 Le Fevre Corner
Post by: boonibarb on July 05, 2010, 06:48:24 AM

Those are all FANTASTIC luv!
Look at the detail you captured.
Absolutely gorgeous adult eagle.
& sweet eaglet!
Title: Re: Nest #4 Le Fevre Corner
Post by: fol-di-rol on July 05, 2010, 09:17:34 AM

Lovely to see your pictures of #4, Phipps Point and Shinglespit nests.  That was a fun day and it was good to spend some time with you.  I knew you and Winter would have great pics, and thatís why I didnít include any in my Hornby Island report.

Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: winterwren on July 14, 2010, 09:59:51 PM
A week ago, I passed by nest #4 and thought I heard screeps from somewhere lower and beyond the nest, but didn't see anything when I went to investigate. One parent was on a perch tree in the adjacent field, one was fishing, everything looked normal. I figured I must have been dreaming.

All week I peeked at the nest quickly on my way to and from work, and failed to see anything. All the other eaglets are branching or at least standing in the nest by now. So at one point I saw Doug and asked him what he thought about this. He said that the eaglet might have fledged already. It seemed so very early to me, but Doug said that the eaglets on nest 6-7, at Savoie Farm, often fledge earlier than the ones on the cam nest, and that it could be the case with nest 4 as well.

Tonight at last I had time to take a peek! Again the nest seemed empty. I tiptoed to the edge of the field... and there, on a low arbutus branch about 100 feet from the nest, was the eaglet! He was standing in the shade, and screeping once in a while. I could not get close enough to take clear photos because the tree is on private land. But I was so pleased to see my first fledgling of the year!
Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: luvthebirds on July 15, 2010, 12:21:41 AM
Wonderful news, winterwren.  (Sorry that you did not get to share it in the chat tonight, but am glad you posted.)  I feel a special affinity for this nest and the phipps pt and shingle spit since you were kind enough to share them with me.  And I think that the nest #4 adult we saw is nearly as handsome as Dad Hornby!
Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: boonibarb on July 30, 2010, 08:43:27 PM
Today on the beach, looking for the Brigantine eaglet with wren, i was reminded of something i wanted to tell you.

The day the helicopter came for the first Brigantine eaglet, wren offered me to borrow her truck for the day to transport the huge pet carrier with the eaglet in it, to where the helicopter would be landing.
ajl had warned me about the eaglet*s parasites, how they would get on me & in the van, & on Dooki & my ducks.
i had also heard of a local who transported an eagle to town in her van, & the van was full of bugs once she dropped the eagle off!   :eceek
So wren*s open-backed truck seemed like the perfect solution.
She suggested i be at her house by 6:30am, & i could try driving her lovely standard truck, by driving her to work!
i haven*t driven standard in a LONG time, & i LOVE it, so it was a real treat to be shifting gears & using the clutch again.
i just took my time & dilly-dallied all the way to her work.
Of course, we had to drive really slow at the Nest #4 corner.
Wren had said that the eaglet was often perched on the Nest Tree at that time of day.
Sure enough, there was the sweet eaglet, perched on top of the broken off Nest Tree stump!
On my own, on the way back, there was no one else around, so i drove really slowly & looked at them again.
A heart warming sight!

Oh, yeah, Dooki had a nice time in wren*s truck too!
He got to ride in the back!   :biggrin6
Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: birdvoyer on July 31, 2010, 06:17:20 AM
 :ecsmile Most dogs do love a ride in the bed of a p/u truck.

Thanks for the update here on Trimble's Corner. Must have been breakfast time if the eaglet was on the nest. Doug has said that they will still use it as a "feeding platform" once they have fledged the nest. It is good to know that there will be no need for HEART there.
Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: lookylo on July 31, 2010, 01:22:44 PM
Booni it is us that receives the reward when you have the time to do what you do so well: observe, photograph and share.  :biggrin6

Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: winterwren on August 01, 2010, 11:07:51 PM
The day after Booni saw the eaglet on nest #4, as I returned from work, I saw it again at the same spot, and was able to take a picture despite the failing light:

Nest #4 eaglet, July 28 2010 (clickable!)

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Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: emc on August 01, 2010, 11:30:48 PM
Thank you wren for showing us this successful eaglet. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2010, 05:39:03 AM

GREAT foto wren!
What a beauty!!  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 02, 2010, 12:03:42 PM
Winterwren, nice capture.  The lighting makes it even more dramatic!   :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #4 Trimble*s Corner
Post by: winterwren on November 10, 2010, 08:24:30 PM
In  this slide show from Booni  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=45.msg35707#msg35707), the fluffy little eaglet is from Nest #4. You can see the broken tree top in all the pictures of that nest.

One of the pictures shows both parents, and you can see the missing tail feather on one of them... And because the size difference is easily visible, this identifies Dad #4 as the parent with the gap in his tail!

So now we can go back to the previous postings, and tell who is who.