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Title: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on October 08, 2012, 08:43:11 PM
This thread is to post information about Nest 22, which is in Helliwell Provincial Park.

This is a beautiful area, with a preserved old-growth forest, some rocky islets that form a huge intertidal zone, and an abundance of sea birds.

Last summer, the eagles of this nest did not have any offspring.
The year before, in the summer of 2011, they had one eaglet, who ended up in rehab at MARS and was nicknamed Shredder Helliwell. Shredder was severely emaciated, but survived and was released in the wild!

Click here to view the postings from last season (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1031.msg87968#msg87968)

Click here to view the postings from 2010-2011 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=638.msg35550#msg35550)

And... Click here to see the postings from the 2009-2010 season. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=343.msg16300#msg16300)
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on October 08, 2012, 09:14:53 PM
Yesterday, I went paddling from Whaling Station Bay to Flora Islet, which is part of Helliwell Park and part of the territory of the Nest 22 eagles.

As soon as I reached the territory, I started hearing lots of eagle trills! It sounded like SOMEONE was defending a territory!

The sun was in the south-west, so I couldn't get a good view of the happenings on land. But as I neared Flora Islet, someone landed on the light tower!
September 7, 4:02 pm
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Click on the picture and notice the newly moulted primary, still not completely regrown, and the tail with feathers of different lengths... Recently moulted also.


Seconds later, with the first eagle still trilling away and settling down, someone else appeared!

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Looks like She, nearer to us, and He, facing away. There they sat for the next half hour. So maybe Mom and Dad Helliwell?

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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: jeavverhey on October 09, 2012, 02:23:18 AM
They look so ragged after their molt  :eceek but seem to navigate just fine.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: cinnemon on October 10, 2012, 05:48:16 AM
Thanks Wren, its great to be able to see all these eagles.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Cawatcher on October 10, 2012, 06:52:07 AM
My gosh ty wren,  :eceek She is HUGE comapired to him
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 05, 2012, 04:30:47 PM

On a recent visit to Hornby, Booni, Donna, Chester and I took a walk out to Helliwell.  I was standing at the bluff when I looked to my left and saw this pair sitting in a wonderful tree.  I was taking pictures when one flew off, soon joined by the other.  They were circling above us for a period of time, and it appeared that one or two other eagles joined them.  I was able to follow the pair as they seemed to "dance" in the air above us.

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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 05, 2012, 04:37:55 PM


One eagle flew off, followed quickly by the other.  The "dance" begins!

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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 05, 2012, 04:42:01 PM


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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 05, 2012, 04:49:22 PM


It was amazing watching these two fly together...one on top of the other!  Is there a third eagle above these two?


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WOW...What a day!!!
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boodle317 on November 05, 2012, 08:05:19 PM
Wow Mishi....what it must have been like to see that in person!  Great shots!
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on November 05, 2012, 11:02:41 PM
Looks like one of Mishi's eagles has a wing print that matches one of the pair I saw land on Flora Islet on September 7.

Click here to see the post (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1242.msg119395#msg119395) - the eagle in the first photo has at least one newly-moulted 4th primary, and a tail with some uneven feathers, newly moulted also.

I'm pretty sure this is the same pair.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 06, 2012, 09:50:29 AM
 
When we were out walking in the Belcarra territory yesterday, we ran into people who had just walked Helliwell Park where they had spotted THREE separate pairs of Eagles!
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: ccfan on November 06, 2012, 03:09:22 PM
Beautiful pictures...must have been heartstopping to see in person  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on February 10, 2013, 06:38:06 PM
I paddled past this nest's territory today...

There were several eagles of all ages on Flora Islet and on each of the surrounding rocks.

Here's a youngster, hanging out with... Ahem... A large friend.  :duck

Flora Islet, February 10, 2:44 pm.
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That elephant seal has been in the neighbourhood for a while now. I fist saw him on December 30. This beach is usually a favourite hangout for the sea lions, but each time this fellow is around, the sea lions all crowd to the other side of the island.
The eagles are not too worried, however.

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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on February 17, 2013, 08:32:15 PM

Today i got a call about an Eagle in Helliwell who looked injured or starving.
We had no trouble finding them.
& they were in no shape to move, even as we approached closer & closer.
 
february 17 2013 15:25 - injured adult Eagle
 
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on February 17, 2013, 08:41:52 PM

i am creeping closer & closer to the right injured side, & the Eagle is not even noticing me.
 
february 17 2013 15:27 - injured adult Eagle
 
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on February 17, 2013, 08:58:54 PM

We tried to sneak up on the Eagle, the net coming from the right side, from which she didn*t seem to be seeing.
i distracted her from the left side, creeping up closer with my capture towel, so that she was looking at me & not the person with the net coming from her right side.
i thought i got fotos all the way to the right eye, but i didn*t.
i fear the worst for that eye, as she seemed to not be seeing out that side at all, but we used that to our advantage to capture her.
She was perched quite low to the ground, but was still high enough up that the net couldn*t reach over her head.
It got her to jump down, though, to the beach, where we were able to catch her with the net & then wrap her with a towel & carry her out wrapped & with her head covered.
She is at MARS now, & let*s hope she can be helped!
Thank you to the person who called me about her!
 
february 17 2013 15:31 - injured adult Eagle
 
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on February 18, 2013, 05:22:24 AM


Miigwetch booni...to you and your assistant Gregg for taking this eagle call.  What a mess that poor girl is.   If she has any chance at all....Your capture and getting her to MARS is the very best chance she has!!  Although the pictures are hard to see, I am grateful that you were able to document her injuries to better assist MARS with treatment.
Gitchi Miigwetch!!
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: NancyM on February 18, 2013, 05:32:26 AM
Good work, booni!

Were you able to see any damage to her right eye? I hope MARS will keep you (us) posted on her condition.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Cawatcher on February 18, 2013, 06:21:00 AM
Oh booni... This must have been heart wrenching.. I hope MARS can help her.. hanks to you and Gregg she has a chance ♥
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boodle317 on February 18, 2013, 07:00:21 AM
Wow...poor thing. Sure seems like battle injury. I wonder how the other fared, if indeed that was a fight?  She seems to have blood on her beak and if she was hungry, perhaps not a recent meal, but results from the battle. 

Thank you for being there for her Booni!  Sure hope MARS can help her.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 18, 2013, 07:21:58 AM
Many thanks Booni to you and Gregg. Hoping for the best.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: OpieK on February 18, 2013, 01:00:56 PM
Thank you Booni and Gregg and the caller for giving her a chance.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: PamNY on February 18, 2013, 01:19:38 PM
Wonderful that you could get her Booni. Hoping for the best.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: nan2945 on February 18, 2013, 01:34:58 PM
so glad you were able to get her - hoping they can save her
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Gasp62 on February 18, 2013, 01:39:46 PM
awe, hate to see a bald eagle in that condition.  Thank you Booni for all that you do.  If she gets a chance to survive, she is certainly in the right place.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Snookums on February 18, 2013, 10:23:55 PM
Great work, Booni.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on March 18, 2013, 11:18:15 PM
Last Saturday I went out on the water past the territories of Nests 21 and 22. Somewhere near the boundary of the two territories I saw a group of eagles on the beach. As I got closer I could see what they were interested in. Looked like a carcass on the beach.
(Click to enlarge.)
March 16, 12:19
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There were about 12 eagles around this area.


In the little bay where I was drifting and taking photos was a strange-looking rock. As I drifted closer to it, it moved! It wasn't a rock, it was the elephant seal. I've been seeing this fellow on most of my outings in this area since late December. (See other pictures here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1242.msg126717#msg126717))

If you were to tip your head way back until your nose points to the ceiling, and look at the wall behind you that way, you would be looking at the wall the way this elephant seal is looking at me in this photo: upside-down. I guess it's the easiest way for him to look at me with both eyes.
12:22
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Then he turned and looked at me sideways.
12:22
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And then looked a me upside-down again.
12:23
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Then he closed his eyes and I paddled on quietly, leaving him to his nap. When I returned an hour later, giving that little bay a wide berth this time, he was still at the same spot, hanging out in shallow water.

On the next headland were two more eagles, feathers blowing in the wind. Waiting for their turn at the carcass, or else resting from fishing. There simply are a lot of eagles around these days.

Eagles in the wind and rain, 12:27
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Cawatcher on March 19, 2013, 07:33:12 AM
 :eceek   :ecsmile Wren!!! these are fantastic shots!! where you in the canoe??? the sea elephants are super!
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on March 19, 2013, 09:30:52 AM
In my new kayak, Cali...  :ecsmile

Went out two days in a row, so I'll have more from that area soon.

I've also had the great good fortune of being invited to paddle two kinds of canoe in that area from time to time. The first elephant seal pictures were from one of those trips. I can hardly believe my luck.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: NancyM on March 19, 2013, 11:10:38 AM
Great pictures, wren!  Thank you for posting them (and the explanation of the head position ;)  )
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on March 19, 2013, 09:42:24 PM
Two little bays further, closer to Nest 22, I found another group of eagles flying around and arguing.

March 16, 12:45  - Click to enlarge.
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As I drifted further into that little bay I found out what was attracting all those eagles.
12:46
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Here's someone with a nice full crop... Another dozen eagles at this site.
12:48
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: auroradawn on March 19, 2013, 10:01:28 PM
Wonderful pictures wren, just love to see the youngsters, thank you.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on March 29, 2013, 10:30:48 AM
 
Gregg was walking in Helliwell when he noticed an Eagle dangling from a treetop!
He took three videos with his cellphone & i stuck them all together.
It turns out this was TWO Eagles!
They must have done the grab-each-other*s-feet & cartwheel thing, then wouldn*t or couldn*t let go in time & both crashed into the treetops.
So one is face down & the other is hanging from them, upside down.
It looks like the lower one is spinning from one leg/foot from the others*.
Now, the action is quite far away, so i found i had to watch this video quite a few times before i could really see what was going on.
Watch the video as big as you can make it, & turn the sound way up.
The vocalizations are very interesting.
You can see one Eagle flying away in the last clip.
 
Two Eagles entangled in Helliwell - by Gregg
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm4x-eV0RzY
 
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: fol-di-rol on March 29, 2013, 12:09:45 PM
Amazing video, Booni - many thanks to Gregg, and to you for posting it here! 

Yes, I saw one of the eagles getting away, but I hope they both came out of this OK?
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on April 23, 2013, 11:10:03 PM
The day after I took the last series of photos I posted on this thread, I returned to Flora Islet. The weather was much nicer and the light more suitable for photography. There were still many eagles around.

Adult eagle on Flora Islet, March 17,
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on April 23, 2013, 11:21:34 PM
I paddled around toward the outer islets. On the first one I found this beautiful youngster.

March 17, 10:38
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on April 23, 2013, 11:51:44 PM
A few minutes earlier I spotted this flock of shore birds.
Click to enlarge the picture: there are at least two kinds of birds here, one much larger than the other.

March 17, 10:32
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They were flying low, so I followed them. I saw them landing on one of the outer islets and a few minutes later I found them there.
The smaller birds in the background look like Dunlins, with their curved bills. The larger ones in the foreground were a surprise: Surfbirds! I had been told to look for them, especially in the spring and fall, but this was the first time I saw them. They look a lot like Turnstones from a distance but they have some yellow at the base of the bill and yellow legs. And they are quite a bit larger.
March 17, 10:38
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Cropped view of the Surfbirds (who, true to their name, are foraging in the surf).
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Cawatcher on April 24, 2013, 06:47:38 AM
 :heart :heart Super series of sights and photos Wrennie! The cloud of turnstones must have been a thrill!
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on May 14, 2013, 10:56:59 PM
On April 24, I took another little trip along the shore of this territory, at the end of a day.

Well what do you know. As I approached Flora Islet, I saw that it was already covered in blossoms, two weeks early!
April 24, 6:07 pm
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I paddled past some of the denizens... Here, two handsome Harlequins. At this time of year I often see some male Harlequins in a duller version of the adult plumage; I'm thinking they are probably young males and this is a transitional garb.
Many seabirds have already left for their breeding grounds but there were still a lot of Harlequins around.
6:07 pm
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Several Oystercatchers were sitting on gravel bars on Flora and the surrounding islets. Not on eggs yet, though. Maybe just the time of day... This one was on the big gravel beach.
6:09 pm
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Oystercatcher shuggle...
6:09 pm
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(Click on the picture to see the fuzzy down stuck on that red bill.)


Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 15, 2013, 11:58:44 AM
I've really been enjoying this thread and your stories, Wren. Wiah I could be in the Kayak or canoe right along with you, but this is almost that good.

Hey, maybe when we watch Gregg's last video we will understand it better if we point our noses at the ceiling and watch it from the back wall!!  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on May 16, 2013, 03:33:01 AM
Yes, Faerie, that would put you right in the atmosphere! Seems to be the best way for an Elephant seal to get binocular vision, anyway...


So on April 24, I beached my kayak on Flora Islet, and was greeted with sights worthy of a Faerie Gardener.

Here, sea blush (Plectritis congesta) in pink, monkey-flower (probably Mimulus guttatus) in yellow, and camas in blue.
April 24, 6:21 pm
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Here is the big patch of sea blush we saw from the water, with a camas meadow in front. Click twice on the picture and get lost in blossoms.
6:24 pm
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on May 16, 2013, 03:54:34 AM
April 24 continued...
The camas are just starting, in bud here, on the far side of the island. The shooting stars are most likely Dodecatheon pulchellum, the Few-flowered shooting star. They are a wild relative of the cyclamen.

Click the picture to enlarge it, and find yourself as I was, on my belly in the path, staring at those beauties, holding my breath lest I wake up and this enchantment vanish.
6:33 pm
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So few people pass here... The paths are just about buried in blossoms. Sea blush (pink), camas (blue) and Western Buttercup (yellow).
6:35 pm
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on May 16, 2013, 04:10:03 AM
April 24...
Red-winged Blackbird on the light tower (a navigational beacon - Flora Islet is at the eastern end of Hornby island)
6:36 pm
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6:39
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A short while later, I pass by the light tower again and it holds a much larger bird!
7:03 pm
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7:04
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: OpieK on May 16, 2013, 09:08:29 AM
magical photos - thank you so much Wren!
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: passerine on May 16, 2013, 09:57:55 AM
Gorgeous Wren, thanks. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 17, 2013, 04:30:57 PM
So lovely, Wren. Are they fragrant?

The Camas remind me of Scilla, which brow as a tiny bulb and spreads through my yard here - but it is not fragrant.

These beautiful pastel colors are so nice to see after a long winter!
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on May 19, 2013, 09:07:22 PM
Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary, or Collinsia parviflora. Flora Islet, April 24, 6:28 pm

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Blue-eyed Mary, Menzies' Larkspur, and Mimulus.

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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on May 19, 2013, 09:32:34 PM
Here are a few more flower pictures that I took when I returned a week later.

This is Saskatoon, or Amelanchier alnifolia. Someone is keeping it cropped short; I assume the deer can make it out here at low tide. Saskatoons can grow to 5 metres tall but these top out at two.
May 2, 11:00 am
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The elusive Chocolate lilies (Fritillaria lanceolata) - more numerous here than I have ever seen them.  And the camas is in full-out bloom now. Click on the picture and you'll also see some tiny white chickweed flowers.

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Chocolate lily... This one should be a painting.

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This is Lomatium nudicale, Indian Consumption-plant, or one of its close relatives. Consumption as in tuberculosis. This plant was used as a remedy. A nice little pink Sea-blush beside it.

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Everything blooming at once.

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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on May 19, 2013, 09:52:05 PM
Meanwhile on the water...
A few surprises for me.
On one of the rocky islets surrounding Flora, I found some Dunlins... But they looked colourful. For the first time I was seeing them in breeding plumage.
Their black bellies are a little disconcerting. They look as if they have been dragging through an oil spill. But that's how several shorebirds look in summer clothes.
April 24, 7:15 pm
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More Dunlins...
7:16 pm
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And right next to the Dunlin flock, among some Black Turnstones... One lone Surfbird.
7:14
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And one last surprise among those Black Turnstones... A very strange-looking fellow. Which my trusty Sibley identified as a Ruddy Turnstone.

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And don't forget to notice the gulls...
California gulls: yellow legs, bill with a red spot and a bit of a dark spot sometimes, and long primary projection (the wing tips stick out a ways beyond the tail), and kind of an elongated hind end in general.
7:17 pm
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Cawatcher on May 19, 2013, 10:33:45 PM
 :thumbup: Thank you for the series Winterwren what a variation of life you have in BC  :heart
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2013, 08:03:13 AM
 
We were completing our walk through Helliwell when we came upon this romantic scene!
 
may 14 2013 16:22 - side-by-side Slug feast
 
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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: jefferyb on June 22, 2013, 03:17:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzOBVnL1P8o
Helliwell eagle flying overhead as we walk by under the nest tree area June 2013 HipTrip
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: jefferyb on June 22, 2013, 03:19:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaHwkMIJ_cE
view of the Helliwell nest from the walking path down below June 2013
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on July 09, 2013, 10:40:17 PM
What Jeff has in his beautiful videos is actually Nest 23, the former home of the Helliwell Park eagles. Booni wondered if they were going to use that nest again, and this year I wonder too.

Today I checked Nest 22, the latest known abode of the Helliwell eagles. I stayed in the area for about an hour, looking for different angles, mindful of the possibility of a quiet, branched eaglet. I found this view of the back of the nest:
July 9, 10:19 am
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During the time I spent there, I heard a few calls from an adult at a distance, but saw and heard nothing from the nest.

If I examine my photos, looking for little flags of down on the nest branches, I don't see anything. The above is my clearest shot of the nest branches.

On my way out, while I listened to the screeping of the eaglet from Nest 21, I talked to an Islander who walks the paths of Helliwell Park regularly. He said he has not heard any eaglets in the park this year.
If this is so, this would be the first time I see an eagle pair have no offspring for two years running.

Have they moved somewhere else?
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: Cawatcher on July 09, 2013, 10:48:10 PM
 :really  good quwstion Wren. I wonder if a study has been done on other islands as well?
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on July 10, 2013, 12:30:16 PM
Cali, WiTS will collect the stats for large portions of Vancouver Island and Denman. So, as these stats come in, it will be easier to tell if the larger number of unproductive nests on Hornby is a coincidence or part of a larger state of affairs.
Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2013, 01:47:24 PM
 
i went to Helliwell, i think three different times, searching for an abandoned Seal pup that had been spotted there.
On my first search, i came across a nice fella who showed me the pup he had spotted.
Not the nicest thing to see, i know, but a reality, when pups are abandoned & no one spots & reports them in time.
i*m not sure why this one died, or why their head is in the shape it is in, while the rest of the body is intact, but for the fur getting brushed off by the water action on the shore.
This poor youngster was not much more than two feet long, if i remember correctly.
Look how lovely the stones all are, through the clear calm water.

august 20 2013 17:07 - dead Seal pup

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This is two days later, still searching.
The pup had been spotted at low low tide, so i tried to go out again at this time, as a lot of this area i was able to walk at low tide is totally covered by water at high tide.
i spotted this lovely Harlequin Duck, female or youngster?
wren might know.

august 22 2013 15:50 - Harlequin Duck

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It was nice to be able to see all the Seal pups who DID have a mother.
& to see what healthy ones looked like.
The pup needing help was so disguised into the beach, they*d almost been stepped on.
So i was looking & looking.

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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2013, 01:52:17 PM
 
august 22 2013 16:00 - Seal pups with Mothers


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuLvOYCrZC0

Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2013, 02:03:47 PM
 
august 22 2013 16:08 - Seal pup with Mother



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-VUarGI720

Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2013, 02:09:51 PM
 
i have a lot to learn about what a healthy Seal pup looks like.
The ones we rescue always seem fine to me.
But then i look at what a healthy one is supposed to look like, like the two in these fotos.
No wrinkles, no bones showing, shape of skull blends into rest of body, no neck.
Healthy Seal pups are almost obscene in their fatness!
Like a blown up balloon.
i try to remember this.

august 22 2013 16:05 - Seal pups with Mothers & a Gull

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One pup is older/larger than the other.

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What a face.

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These pups were never far from their Mothers.

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Title: Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
Post by: winterwren on November 09, 2013, 08:56:27 PM
:heart I think I recognize some of those moms and pups from the evening I went looking for that same seal pup with my kayak.

The Harlequin Duck in Booni's photo would be a non-breeding male. The immature males also look like that in their first winter, but at the end of August they still look brown overall, as I saw them during the Harlequin Project (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=949.msg118530#msg118530) last year. This year the Harlequins returned from the nesting grounds earlier than last year. I saw many of them while I was looking for the seal pup.

 
These male Harlequins swam away from me but did not take flight. All the adults moult out their flight feathers when they return from the breeding grounds.
August 21, 6:23 pm
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In this photo, the female standing up right in the middle looks plucked! No primaries or secondaries whatsoever on her wings. The next bird below her to her right has some new feathers starting to re-grow. The one on the far right, with some white on his wing coverts, is a male in non-breeding plumage. He looks kind of plucked too. The juveniles have a brand-new set of flight feathers already, so they don't moult. I think there is one just to the right of centre, with a wing partly open.
August 21, 7:03 pm
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