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Around Hornby Island => Around Hornby Island ~ 2009-2010 => Topic started by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 02:45:06 PM

Title: Nest #9 West Carmichael - eaglet Niner
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 02:45:06 PM
This is a topic for discussion & fotos of Nest #9.

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


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Title: Nest #9 adult in perch tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 02:50:59 PM
Last year i was keeping my eyes on the road as i should have been.
This year i*m keeping my eyes on the skies & the trees instead.
So, i*m noticing the Ma & Pa of nest #9 a lot more now.
They perch in the tippy top of a tall fir in the back of my yard.
They also perch in a tree across the street from me.
i*ve been noticing one of them in this other perch tree a lot, especially at dusk.
They were in this tree mid afternoon october 16/2009, so i set up my camera.
Look at the tippy top of the tree, all the holes in it.
It was a bit of a dull day, but there was just enough light.

Ma or Pa of nest #9 in perch tree - october 16/2009 13:30:49.50


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Ma or Pa of nest #9 in perch tree cry out - october 16/2009 13:36:48.50

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Title: Nest #9 juvenile
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 02:58:55 PM
i was sitting at my computer desk october 23/2009 going thru my fotos looking for good ones to use as gifts when something out the window in front of me caught my eye.
An eagle!!
& it looked as tho they landed in the tree in my backyard.
So, i ran & got my binoculars.
It was raining, & my windows were all messed up.
But i could see this wasn*t an adult!
Was this a juvenile or a sub adult?
i ran & got my camera & got some fotos.
i think this is a juvenile, probably from nest #9.
Wow.

nest #9 juvenile - october 23/2009 16:02:28.00


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nest #9 juvenile - october 23/2009 15:47:46.50

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Title: Nest #9 juvenile
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 03:10:03 PM
shuggle - nest #9 juvenile - october 23/2009 15:43:28.00

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nest #9 juvenile 4 - october 23/2009 15:58:59.50

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Title: Nest #9 adult in perch tree
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 03:12:55 PM
nest #9 adult in perch tree - october 24/2009 13:24:08.00

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Title: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 05:15:24 PM
West Carmichael #9 nest
Sunday, April 19 2009


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adult of nest #9 - June 23, 2009, 5:25:22 PM

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nest #9 eaglet - 25/07/2009 10:41:12 AM

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Title: Nest #9 eaglet video
Post by: boonibarb on December 21, 2009, 05:24:29 PM
Nest #9 seemed to have only one eaglet this year.
Here he is after he fledged.
Listen to how sweet his call is!
video - Nest #9 eaglet stretches & calls - 17/08/2009 18:01:32


Nest #9 eaglet video (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/orig/6/6_nest_9_eaglet_stretches_screeps.wmv)

nest#9 eaglet - 17/08/2009 18:06

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nest #9 eaglet wing & foot stretch - 17/08/2009 17:37:34.50

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nest #9 eaglet wing & tail stretch - 17/08/2009 17:37

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Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Donnae on December 22, 2009, 10:23:50 PM
Great shots of that juvie Booni!!! Wow you looked to be pretty close!! Thank you!!
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on December 23, 2009, 07:28:22 AM
07:26 - i could hear eagles twittering, but it wasn*t coming from my speakers!
So i turned them off, & realized it was the nest #9 eagles!
Then i heard twittering from the speakers as well.
Maybe they heard each other?
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Blue on December 25, 2009, 08:05:45 PM
#9 fledgling was a sweet little eagle.

Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on December 31, 2009, 02:56:00 PM
So today when i got home in between jobs, there were ravens in the huge fir in my back yard, as there often are.
i could hear them talking.
But then i heard something that made me take another look.
The ravens were gone, & an eagle was at the top of the tree now!
i ran to get my camera, & while i set it up, the two ravens were doing their best to get the eagle to leave the tree.
They succeeded before i got my camera set up.
They flew after the eagle, kind of dive bombing it.
i was thinking ravens & eagles tolerated each other.
But not today.
i*m not positive, but i think the eagle was an adult.
i would*ve loved to*ve gotten a foto tho, in case it was that immature eagle again.
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 31, 2009, 05:21:55 PM
Booni, wonderful to have an eagle so close!  I hope it comes back, but the ravens seem to think they "own" that tree, from what you said!   :eclol
Title: sub adult
Post by: boonibarb on January 05, 2010, 07:17:32 PM
Today i got home & a strange sound made me look up to the tree in my back yard.
An eagle was perched in the very top of it!
There was very low cloud, & they were in it, in the top of the tree.
i ran to get my camera.
When i returned, they were gone.  :sad
But then i looked in the tree across the road from me, another tall Douglas Fir, & there they were in the top of THAT tree!
i thought this was an adult by what i could see in the dim light, but i just had a feeling they weren*t, just by how they were perched & behaving.
Sure enough, when i looked at my fotos, a sub adult!!
It was pretty dull light, so i had to really lighten this foto up to show you anything.
i think this is a nest #9 eagle, because i consider this tree to be part of the nest #9 territory, but i don*t really know.

You can see the white mixed with brown head feathers here.

january 5 2010 13:48 - subadult


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In this one, the wing must*ve flicked the branch, & you can see the water droplets flinging off the branch beside the eagle*s face.

january 5 2010 13:50 - subadult


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Water droplets in this foto too.

january 5 2010 13:50:03 - subadult


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Title: sub adult
Post by: boonibarb on January 05, 2010, 08:00:06 PM
You can see the white mixed with brown tail feathers in this one.

january 5 2010 13:50:03:50 - subadult


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january 5 2010 13:50:04 - subadult

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Final view of the tail.

january 5 2010 13:50:04:00 - subadult


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Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Rajame on January 05, 2010, 08:10:34 PM
Exquisite boonibarb!  Such a gift!   :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: madrona on January 05, 2010, 08:29:07 PM
You've captured some great shots there, booni.  Thanks for sharing them.
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: luvthebirds on January 05, 2010, 08:52:01 PM
Thank you Booni!!  :biggrin3  Great detail in the photos!
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Donnae on January 05, 2010, 09:18:59 PM
Wow Booni, those are great! Thank you.
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Cawatcher on January 16, 2010, 02:54:55 PM
booni that sub adult is almost adult!! wowzie gread pic!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2010, 02:26:40 PM
i noticed a LOT of eagles soaring high up above my house today.
At one point i counted 14!!
When one gets too close to nest #9, i hear twittering from the nest tree area.
Because the sound keeps coming from the nest area, does this mean that someone is sitting on eggs there?
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Cawatcher on March 26, 2010, 06:08:57 PM
lol booni saw 1 count it 1 today... lol 14 wow!!!
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on March 27, 2010, 05:56:37 PM
This was a pair of eagles out of the 14 i saw yesterday that came down close enough for me to get a half decent foto of them.

march 26 2010 - pair of eagles flying over my house


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Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on March 30, 2010, 09:14:43 AM
i*m in the habit now of scanning trees for eagles everywhere i go.
i have an eagle perch tree across the road from me, & in the very back of my yard.
They*ve mostly had ravens in them lately, & now i have Band Tailed Pigeons hanging out there as well.
But on this day, there was an eagle!
So i got out my camera.
Nice to be able to take fotos without having to go anywhere!
i am assuming this is one of the adults from Nest #9.

march 21 2010 14:42 - adult eagle in the tree across the street

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What i thought was an immature eagle flew by while i was photographing.
The adult in the perch tree did not react at all!
Later when i looked at my fotos, turns out it wasn*t an eagle at all!!
This one has nicks in the left wing primaries, a lot like Mum*s do!

march 21 2010 14:42 - a Turkey Vulture flies over my house!

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march 21 2010 14:42:53 - Turkey Vulture

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Looks like this one is missing a tail feather, right in the middle!

march 21 2010 14:42:54 - Turkey Vulture

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i haven*t seen a Turkey Vulture since the eagles all went away in august-september.
That day i saw TWO!!
Eagles don*t seem at all bothered by the presence of the vultures.

march 21 2010 14:42:55 - Turkey Vulture

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Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on March 31, 2010, 06:51:56 AM
Yesterday around 5pm i biked by the nest #9 waterside perch trees.
There are two of them.
There was an adult, or at least a sub adult, in each tree.
i didn*t have my binoculars or camera with me to verify the age of the eagles.
If this is the Mum & the Dad, they mustn*t have eggs yet!
When i got back to my driveway, there are two perch trees i check out that are a ways behind my property.
They often have eagles in them.
Sure enough, one was there.
i got out my binocs, & this one was a juvenile or immature eagle!
This tree is about as close to the #9 nest as, say, Foster*s Fir or The Peters*s Tree is to the nest cam nest.
Title: Nest #9? adult in tree across the street from me
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2010, 09:05:41 PM
Today when i got home from biking with Dooki there was an eagle in the tree across the street from my house!
& they even gave me time to go get my camera & set it up!  :biggrin6
i*m pretty sure i photographed this adult last season.
To me they seem to have unusually large eyes.

april 9 2010 13:26 - (nest #9?) adult in tree across the street

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Here they are, looking towards the nest tree.
They did this quite often while i watched.

april 9 2010 13:28 - adult in tree across my street

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april 9 2010 13:32 - adult in tree across my street

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april 9 2010 13:32 - adult in tree across the street


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Title: Nest #9? adult in tree across the street from me
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2010, 09:57:56 PM
april 9 2010 13:33 - adult eagle leaves tree across the street from me

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Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2010, 11:28:00 PM
i went for a bike ride in the early evening with Dooki & my camera, so i went by nest #9 to see what i could see.
i hear sounds coming from the nest, as though someone is in there sitting on eggs all day.
But i had a hard time spotting the nest from the ground.
i finally spotted a white spot & aimed my camera at it to see if it showed anything later.
Sure enough, if you look closely, the white spot is a tail, & you can see the two wingtips opened up on either side of the tail as though someone is brooding eggs!
Look right in the center of the foto.
See the blue oval?
In the lower left corner of the oval look for the back of the tail, with the wing tips, one on either side & raised in the air.
Then click the foto, & click again to see it large & close.

april 9 2010 17:15 - brooding adult on nest #9?


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Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 10, 2010, 12:18:32 AM
You captured some wonderful in-flight shots, Boon!  Wow!   :clap

It took a little while, but following your instructions, I found the eagle on the nest!    :chuckle
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: birdvoyer on April 10, 2010, 06:56:00 AM
Boonib, #2 and #3 in the 4 photo series (but especially #2) are just gorgeous captures!!!  :eclove Thanks for sharing them.  
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: luvthebirds on April 11, 2010, 11:54:17 AM
Booni, I have to add my admiration as well.  I so love all your photos, but you really excelled with the 4 shot series!  I have peeked now several times, especially at the second one, on large view and the photos are amazing! :clap
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Helen55 on April 11, 2010, 01:55:33 PM
Hi All, 
Thanks yet again for your generosity Booni and sharing so much with us.   In #2 of the 4 photo series it is the feet still holding the branch while the wings are so high that impress me about your photo timing. 
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: luvthebirds on April 11, 2010, 02:20:30 PM
Hi, Helen55!  Welcome! And it is nice to see that you are enjoying the forum!  :nod2
Title: sub adult in my back yard tree
Post by: boonibarb on May 02, 2010, 04:58:32 PM
i was just having coffee upstairs & went downstairs to do something, & on my way down i glanced up at the tree across the street from me, as has been my habit lately.
Good thing i looked! , as there was an adult eagle in the tree.
So i put my sweater on over my nightgown & went out to capture them with my camera.
After taking a few fotos, i glanced into the tree in my back yard & there was another eagle there!
This one caught my eye, as it didn*t look like an adult!
So i headed into my back yard.
Look at this gorgeous eagle!
i was a little chilly by the time he flew away, but it was worth it!

may 1 2010 8:04 - sub adult in my back yard tree

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Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Blue on May 02, 2010, 06:14:27 PM
Lovely set of photos, booni!

There has been a juvenile hanging around my house the last three days also.  The adults exchange calls with it and it calls out to them in that immature way.  As we are south of Hornby, perhaps some juvi's have returned from somewhere recently.

(Wish I had your camera lens  :sigh)
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Rajame on May 02, 2010, 10:20:42 PM
Oh Booni, that was so great! Made me feel I was there, especially the sweater over the nightgown part!  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on June 12, 2010, 08:10:03 PM
It*s been on my list to go hang around nest #9 & see if they have anything going on there.
Today as i was biking by on the road, i heard screeping!
While i was walking around, looking up, with my camera, i saw an adult fly in & it looked as though they were feeding the young one.
So, one eaglet there at least!
i wasn*t able to get a view in to get any fotos today, unfortunately.
Title: Nest #9 West Carmichael adult in the tree in my backyard
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2010, 10:02:43 PM
i came home from my first work job on thursday to find an eagle in the tree in my back yard!
i ran to get my camera!
They posed for me for a very long time.
i was between jobs, & needed to get some things done in the time i had, but i couldn*t stop until the eagle left!
Well, she didn*t leave for a long time.
She was quite comfortable where she was!
i was determined to stay til she left, i wanted to see wings!
Well, she tested my patience.
Now, i call her she.
Of course i really don*t know.
But this one seems like the Mum to me.
She kept glancing back towards the nest.
She had some muck on her beak.
To me the eagle taking off in my april 9 post is the male, this is the female.
She looks a bit like our webcam Mum, i think.

june 17 10:02 2010 - Nest #9 West Carmichael Mum looks up

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Here you can see her fierce face, her long sharp pointy beak, & the muck on her beak.
i don*t know what she was seeing here, but she looked in this direction a lot.

june 17 2010 10:02 - Fierce Mum Nest #9 West Carmichael

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What would an eagle observation be without a poop shot!
Wooo hoooo!
i thought i*d lost my touch!
This one even has a nice swirl to it, my favourite kind!

june 17 2010 10:07 - Mum Nest #9 West Carmichael - poop shot

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june 17 2010 10:09 - Mum Nest #9 West Carmichael

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Title: Nest #9 West Carmichael adult in the tree in my backyard
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2010, 10:19:57 PM
june 17 2010 10:16 - Mum Nest #9 West Carmichael uses her lethal talons to have a good scratch!

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Nest #9 West Carmichael adult scratches - animated

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Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2010, 10:27:43 PM
Today when i was working in my back yard garden i could hear the eaglet in Nest #9 West Carmichael screeping!
At one point i thought i even heard two!
i am having trouble getting my camera on this nest.
i*m going to have to get Winterwren on the job, see if she can spot it better than i have so far, so we can get some fotos of what*s going on in there!   :binocs
Title: Re: Nest #9
Post by: Donnae on June 19, 2010, 11:24:21 PM
Wonderful photos Booni, as always!!!  :nod2 Oh I am sure with winterwren and yourself on the job, nothing stands a chance at being kept secret!!!!! Happy hunting!!!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 02, 2010, 08:01:58 PM
i am having trouble getting my camera on the eaglet in this nest.
The nest is very hard to find, & very hard to see into.
i could hear the eaglet screeping from the ground, but just could not find him.
In this video, you can hear him call five times in a row at the end.
This is the sound i can hear from my garden!

june 27 2010 12:56 - The eaglet of Nest #9 West Carmichael can be heard from the ground!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXH8WSi6kw8

In this video, you can hear another five note call.

june 27 2010 13:01 - The eaglet of Nest #9 West Carmichael can be heard from the ground!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW-UbUJk-ts

Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 02, 2010, 08:38:11 PM
While i was observing, the adult flew in with a midshipman!
You can see the nice big fish in the foot.

june 27 2010 13:25 - adult flies in with a midshipman to Nest #9 West Carmichael - 0040

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In these next two fotos, see the adult is looking down at their feet.
Are they re arranging the fish, prior to landing?
If you click the foto, then click it again, you can see the smile on the midshipman*s face!

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There is a nest in there somewhere, & an eaglet, but i can see neither.

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Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 02, 2010, 08:57:20 PM
june 27 2010 13:26 - You can just see the eaglet of Nest #9 West Carmichael.
This is the best foto of the eaglet i got.
Gotta keep trying.
Click the foto, then click again.
Look at the very center of the foto & look for the yellow beak to find him.

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Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Rajame on July 02, 2010, 11:22:15 PM
Woohoo is right!!!  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: winterwren on July 02, 2010, 11:39:32 PM
If I look at your last post(reply #42) and transpose the shapes to your next-to-last (reply #41), the nest would be in the lower right window in the last picture of posting #41. In the first picture, it is cut off at the bottom. It is partly cut off in the second picture...

... and one would assume that the parent is coming in on the most accessible side of the nest! 
Looks like pretty intense acrobatics and branch-dodging, all this with wiggling prey...

So, this is the *good* side???  :eceek

Wren
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2010, 07:06:32 PM
Yes, wren, i think you are correct in where the nest is situated.
There are three spots to view this nest from, & all are far & difficult.
& add to this the branches moving up & down & side to side in the wind!
i had to time my fotos for when there was the most nest exposed!
Yes, this is the good side!
All three other sides are wooded!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 07, 2010, 08:44:16 PM
After work i took Dooki for his bike ride.
As we were biking down the road i could hear the eaglet from Nest #9.
Suddenly i realized i was hearing not one, but TWO eaglets!!
i biked closer & tried to listen for the separate calls.
Sure enought, i was hearing two screeps!
Then i saw an adult fly over, heading for the nest!
The rate of the calls increased!
DEFINITELY two eaglets here!
i wonder how they decide who gets the fish.
The screeped away til the adult left, then it got quiet.
i tried to spot them, but i had no luck.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: winterwren on July 07, 2010, 10:58:18 PM
Yay  Booni! this nest is full of surprises! The trickiest to see, for sure. But not so difficult to hear! I can hear some of those calls from my house!  :eclol
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 16, 2010, 06:50:33 AM

:eccry

i am finding it comforting that i can hear the two Nest #9 eaglets loud & clear from everywhere i am in my home!
i took Dooki for a walk there in the early evening with my binoculars to see if i could see them.
One eaglet was definitely branching!
& i could hear them both calling.
AT one point an adult circled over & the intensity of the calling increased!
As i watched, the other adult flew in with food & you should have heard the racket!!!  
Afterwards, i saw wings, & the other eaglet branching again.
i gotta get my camera back there, now that i can spot the eaglets there.
It did my heart good to see life continuing on this nest....    :eccry
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: passerine on July 16, 2010, 08:03:33 AM
Booni (http://209.85.62.26/12559/129/emo/huggie.gif)
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 16, 2010, 03:59:38 PM
Thank you, Booni, for sharing some good news with us!  We sure need and welcome it!   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 23, 2010, 07:06:45 AM

i am greatly relieved & very excited to report that from my pillow this morning, i am still hearing two distinct calls coming from Nest #9!  :biggrin6
There is a higher, & then a lower pitched one.
They both sound healthy & vigorous!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: NancyM on July 24, 2010, 02:01:03 PM
Booni, Doug just posted in  "Doug's Updates" about one of the #9 eaglets that apparently fell from this nest (he said nest #9) --

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=31.msg19503#msg19503


Do you have news?
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 24, 2010, 09:10:13 PM
Hmmmmm.....  :puzzled2
Do i have news???  :question
Do i EVER have news!!!!!   :biggrin6

So, yesterday i took Dooki for a swim & while he was in the water & chewing the tennis ball i searched all the water side perch trees for Mum & Dad.
i could not see them.
i could also not see any eagles fishing from Sandstone Point, which i often do.

 :sigh

So, we biked back home.
i came across Sheila talking to some neighbours on the road!
Then i passed Doug talking to two other neighbours.
i had something to tell him, so i stopped.
i think the neighbours were consoling him about Phoenix.  :sad

i told him what i wanted to tell him, & we discussed eagle things, & then he mentioned that one of the Nest #9 eaglets was on the ground!!
Since wednesday!  :eceek
What???
& nobody told ME???
So, i took the quickest route to get to where the eaglet had been spotted.
No sign of them.
i took Dooki back home & called the people who live next to the nest & got a description of where the eaglet had been, & permission to look for them on their property.
i left Dooki with his dinner & a treat & hoped he would not miss me when i took off on the bike to have another look.
i bushwhacked up & down the whole block of the nest tree.
But found no body.
Back home i went.
i found someone had left me a message on my answering machine, saying the eaglet had been on the road all day, & they had last seen them at 3:30.
It was now 6pm.
So i gave up.

This morning, i headed out on my bike with Dooki & my camera, thinking i would check out what the eaglets were up to on Nest #6/7.
i turned down the road to head there, & look what i found!!   :eceek
Tears sprang to my eyes!
i couldn*t believe it!!
What a sight for sore eyes & an aching heart!!
Is it possible to fall in love with more that one eaglet???
i can assure you that it is possible indeed.   :nod2

july 24 2010 10:31 - Nest #9 eaglet on the ground

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Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 24, 2010, 09:26:55 PM


Okay, be still my fluttering heart!!
i parked Dooki in the shade & unpacked my camera.
i walked slowly down the road, with my head down & looking away from the eaglet.
They just stood there & watched me.
i set up my camera & got this foto.
Oh, my am i in love!!!  :eclove

july 24 2010 10:32 - Nest #9 eaglet on the ground

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Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Donnae on July 24, 2010, 09:33:58 PM
Awwwww Booni-- he/she is beautiful!!!!!!! No wonder your in love!!!!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Thumper66 on July 24, 2010, 09:38:25 PM
Booni, you did a wonderful thing today.  The eaglet is absolutely beautiful.  Thank you for sharing your story with us.  Good sigh.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 24, 2010, 09:39:37 PM

While i stood & watched, the eaglet wandered off a ways into the shade.
The way they walk is hilarious!!
They put their head down, & lean forward, & stomp stomp stomp, off they go!

Look at these eyes!!!!

july 24 2010 10:49 - Nest #9 eaglet on the ground

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Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 24, 2010, 09:41:06 PM
Auntie Booni, what a wonderful thing to have found the #9 eaglet!   I understand that she/he is under Maj's excellent care, due to your efforts    :clap   You are an "Eagles' Angel!"  
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Cawatcher on July 24, 2010, 09:46:37 PM
Booni looks like kin to our Phoenix!! look at those eyes then your photo of phoenix!!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Donnae on July 24, 2010, 11:14:11 PM
Oh Booni know wonder you are in love, that is a beautiful shot!!!!! I think I love you too :-) -( xoxoxo Booni ) thanks for making my day!!!!! Does the heart good to know he/she is safe and sound--ty
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: marjy2u on July 24, 2010, 11:52:08 PM
Thanks for these fantastic photos!  It's such a relief to know that s/he will be cared for!  What a beautiful place to be able to live!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 25, 2010, 08:48:38 AM
Before i headed out on my bike ride, i pm*d ajl & asked her to call me.
i wanted to know what i should do, what i should look for.
Thanks to her words, i was better equipped to assess the eaglet.
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society was also interested in a report on the condition of the eaglet.
So, i figured the best way for them to see would be for me to take some fotos & videos of the eaglet.
They would be able to spot way more than my untrained eye could.

In this video, the eaglet is in the grass beside a driveway that turns off of the road that the nest tree is on.
It is not a heavily used road, but you can hear at least one car go by, i think you can hear two.
This is a huge threat to the life of the eaglet.
We were thinking, leave the eaglet, let the parents care for him.
But it puts the parent*s life in danger, when they land on the ground near the road, too.
Sometimes the eaglet went into the bush & was hard to spot.
The adult would have had a hard time seeing them & reaching them in there.

So, at the beginning of the video, you can hear that an adult lands in the nest, which is behind me a ways, by the calling of the remaining eaglet in the nest.
The eaglet on the ground recognizes the sound of food arriving, & wants some!! & calls out to the parent.
After delivering the food, the parent flies over head of the eaglet a few times, one time you can even see their shadow flying over the eaglet.
You can see the eaglet go into *food is coming* posture.
But there is no food coming for him this time.
So he continues to cry out for the adult.
At one point he has a nice white poop & then puts his head down & body flat & walks off to another spot in the grass & light bush.
He continues to call from there.
He does a nice hop up onto a small log, showing that his wings & legs are in working condition.
There was fear that the eaglet had broken a wing on the way down, or that at least he was badly bruised.
The parent landed in a perch tree across the road where they could see & hear both eaglets.
You can hear them, above the calls of the eaglet, making soft chittering noises to both eaglets.
i & winterwren have heard the adults making this sound at other nests with eaglets, & we believe it is a special call, for talking to & reassuring eaglets from afar.
This eaglet has a healthy syrnix & set of lungs!

july 24 2010 11:12 - Nest #9 eaglet on the ground

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWnzAZ_bQmg
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: NancyM on July 25, 2010, 09:05:35 AM
Wonderful pictures and video, thank you, Boonibarb (Photographer and Rescuer of Eaglets) :eclove


AJL posted a note from Maj in the MARS thread on this forum:  http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg19740#msg19740 (http:// http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg19740#msg19740)


PS, How could you not love Niner - he is gorgeous!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 25, 2010, 09:12:13 AM


Yes, indeedy, he is one GORGEOUS eaglet!
My little heart is STILL going pitter-pat!!   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 25, 2010, 10:05:53 AM


i*m testing my new watermark made for me by BatGirl!
Thank you Bat Girl!

july 24 2010 11:12 - Nest #9 eaglet on the ground nice left wing stretch


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Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 25, 2010, 10:40:44 AM

Here is the very slim adult, in the perch tree across the road from where the eaglet is.
*She?* can see the eaglet on the ground, & the one in the nest, & me as well.
She kept up a constant chatter to the eaglets.

july 24 2010 11:27 - Nest #9 adult in perch tree

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july 24 2010 11:28 - Nest #9 adult calls to the eaglets from her perch tree

Someone said the adult looked really upset in this foto, but really they were not.
They were just watching over the scene, & calling out to their young ones.
i caught them with their beak open is all.
The sounds they were making were very gentle & soothing.
i think she was talking to the eaglets, with this gentle call.

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Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 25, 2010, 01:09:48 PM
Here you can hear & witness the gentle calling of the parent to her young ones.
You can also hear two distinct eaglet calls, one from the nest to the right, one from the ground to the left.

july 24 2010 11:28 - Nest #9 adult in perch tree, close to both eaglets


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmb86Ufpgao
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: marjy2u on July 25, 2010, 01:56:38 PM
Fabulous work! Thanks again for sharing with all of us! :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Sunny on July 25, 2010, 02:03:13 PM
Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: dalarie on July 25, 2010, 02:38:48 PM
Great work Booni! Thank you for providing us with a little comfort. Seeing another eaglet with a loud voice and an attitude to match is really heartwarming.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Blue on July 25, 2010, 03:56:28 PM
Priceless documentation of the reassuring calls to the eaglet on the ground.  It seems she is letting it know she is there and knows his problem.

Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 25, 2010, 04:00:47 PM
Booni, thanks for giving us the information, photos and video.  Mrs. Nest #9 eagle is another good eagle mom, apparently!  We are learning so much about them!   :ecsmile  

It's heartening to know that the Hornby Island residents care so much about the eagles and notify Doug and you so something can be done when there are problems.  "It takes a village" is so true here!   :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: luvthebirds on July 25, 2010, 08:49:22 PM
Booni, a big thank you for the photos, videos and descriptions.  You are a treasure.  :heart
And for the nest #9 eagles/eaglets and their protectors.  :grouphug2
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: winterwren on July 25, 2010, 09:38:56 PM
Booni, wonderful postings!!! And good rescue work!

... and I'm quite smitten by that eaglet too... :heart

Yes, the soft sound Mom West Carmichael is making is the same type of call that Mom and Dad Shingle Spit were making nonstop on my first visit, as they circled, each in turn, high above the nest. Dad Hornby did a bit of that calling while Dan the tree climber recovered Phoenix's body. We heard it elsewhere also... I forget where.

I also interpret it as being a comforting call.

I'm not sure if I heard this right, among all that fascinating information I received in the last 2 days, but you sounded unsure whether the grounded eagle was the oldest or youngest? The day we spent time observing this nest together, I recall that the branching eaglet's calls were softer and more musical than the calls of the nested eaglet. So I would take that to mean that the grounded eaglet is indeed the youngest. Good set of lungs on that one!

Wren
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 26, 2010, 06:18:25 AM

Wren, you & i heard those soft calls from the adult of Nest #4 that day we visited there together.
i also heard them at Nest #25, that day i saw the adult there flying around with a fish, going from nest to perch tree to out over the water to the perch tree & out over the water, making that sound the whole time.
i thought they were calling last year*s eaglet, to feed them the fish.
They had landed on the nest & taken off again with the fish.
At the time i didn*t know they had an eaglet there!
So why were they flying around with a fish???
The sound they made was very distinctive.
Now we know this is a sound a lot of the adults make & we think they*re talking to their young.

i am still hearing sweet calling coming from Nest #9.
At one point the calling moved up to a loud frequent pitch, the adult flew over, maybe bringing food?
Wren, you are better than me at telling which eaglet is gone, & which one is still on the nest.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: imaneaglewatcher on July 26, 2010, 08:29:36 AM
Booni, you are my hero, thanks for the amazing footage of this eaglet and parent.  It was indeed heartwarming. :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: livylou on July 26, 2010, 09:28:14 AM
Wow, excellent documentary on the other Eagles & Eaglets.....what a super Mom !  When do you think Niner will be able to fly ?
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Rajame on July 26, 2010, 04:03:02 PM
JoyofDogs is a volunteer at MARS. She has taken pictures of "Niner." To see them go here. Woohoo!!!
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.25
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: quinnie13 on July 26, 2010, 06:02:48 PM
Barb ...  You are Hornby Island's Guardian Eagle Angel!  Now that's a title!!

Thank you for posting the wonderful video of the eaglet 'Niner.'  What a stunning bird!!!  I am wondering, however, if Niner isn't a girl.  He/She reminds me of another precious eaglet who was very insistent and very loud!  Niner barely let Mum get a 'word' in their conversation!! 

(((HUGS)))
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 26, 2010, 07:45:14 PM
Barb ...  You are Hornby Island's Guardian Eagle Angel!  Now that's a title!!

Thank you for posting the wonderful video of the eaglet 'Niner.'  What a stunning bird!!!  I am wondering, however, if Niner isn't a girl.  He/She reminds me of another precious eaglet who was very insistent and very loud!  Niner barely let Mum get a 'word' in their conversation!!  

(((HUGS)))

Quinnie, the Gold Standard for determining whether an bald eagle is male or female is a DNA test.  The second best method is a set of specific measurements that have been established as helping to make that determination.   :nod2

MARS most likely will do the measurements.  They will let Ajl know if they do.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Maria dB on July 28, 2010, 10:22:46 AM
HRH Princess Boonibarb of Hornby  :biggrin6  Definately eagle pic royalty.  :eclove We are not worthy  :nope You deserve an Oscar Barb  :nod2  What would we do without you and everyone who bring pics and videos to us.  :grouphug2 Thank you millions  :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: emc on July 28, 2010, 12:18:03 PM
RE: the video of # 9 mom doing the soft calls. Could this be what was seen by Mom Hornby when it was thought there was no sound coming from her as Phoenix was removed?
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 29, 2010, 06:55:08 AM

emc, winterwren & i have seen this sound made by adults at other nests with eaglets.
i had never heard Mum or Dad make this sound from the ground.
But, Dad was making that sound, as he was circling over the nest, the day Dan was climbing the tree to retrieve Phoenix, & i believe this was the almost silent sound coming from Mum in the video i took of her, watching Dan ascend the tree.
i could hear nothing from where i was photographing, in the yard of the blue roof house, but i believe Mum is talking to Phoenix here, in that soft call.
Her face looks fierce, but as you can see in the video of the Nest #9 adult, it is actually a soft, lovely, comforting sound being made.



 :eccry


Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 29, 2010, 07:06:26 AM
emc, winterwren & i have seen this sound made by adults at other nests with eaglets.
i had never heard Mum or Dad make this sound from the ground.
But, Dad was making that sound, as he was circling over the nest, the day Dan was climbing the tree to retrieve Phoenix, & i believe this was the almost silent sound coming from Mum in the video i took of her, watching Dan ascend the tree.
i could hear nothing from where i was photographing, in the yard of the blue roof house, but i believe Mum is talking to Phoenix here, in that soft call.
Her face looks fierce, but as you can see in the video of the Nest #9 adult, it is actually a soft, lovely, comforting sound being made.


 :eccry


I've seen Mom make that silent call, too, and wondered what it meant.  Also, it might be at a frequency that we can't hear, but eagles can.

Just when I think that I won't cry anymore, the tears come again when I read about Phoenix.   :ecsad
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 29, 2010, 07:10:02 AM
I've seen Mom make that silent call, too, and wondered what it meant.  Also, it might be at a frequency that we can't hear, but eagles can.


 :nod2
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Trixie in Ontario on July 29, 2010, 11:43:57 AM
Until the raccoons ate the eggs, there was a robin's nest on the fence in my backyard.  Whenever I appeared, Dad would make soft clicks and chirps from a nearby branch to reassure Mom on the nest.  I thought at first it was a low warning to me, but being able to watch them interact up close for quite a few weeks it became clear he was speaking to her.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: winterwren on July 29, 2010, 01:37:37 PM
I was watching Mom Hornby through Doug's telescope at the moment when Dan retrieved Phoenix from the nest. Her whole body was shaking from the power of her calling. Her body language was NOT calm.

The comforting call that we have been discussing in the last few posts is soft and calm, but it is audible from the ground. It would have easily been picked up by the cam's microphone - Mom was in the babysitting tree!
I looked 3 times at the hotspot and heard nothing.

So from all this I believe that Mom Hornby's final, anguished call to her eaglet was completely silent.

Wren
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 29, 2010, 01:49:43 PM


Winterwren, i take back what i said about Mum making soft calls to Phoenix in my video.
i totally agree that Mum was making silent, but very emotional, grieving calling at that time that is recorded in my video.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: emc on July 29, 2010, 01:59:48 PM
 :eccry :eccry
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 29, 2010, 02:12:59 PM


This morning while it was still almost dark still, i was awake, & from my pillow could hear the calls of the remaining Nest #9 eaglet!!   :eclove
i am hearing them again, now, from my computer desk!
i want to check out if they are still branching in the Nest Tree.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 29, 2010, 03:11:55 PM
Oh Wren and Booni, after reading what you wrote, I feel so sad.    :eccry 
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: NancyM on July 30, 2010, 01:50:45 AM
Maj posted this news on the Hornby Eagles Facebook page a few hours ago:

Weighed Niner and Brig today - hooray - good news! They each have coloured leg bands to ID altho it's no surprise that Brig is much larger than Niner. We put them together today. A bit of push and posturing but now they have full crops and are sitting together.Getting another from Quadra Island to the North in the morning - long days.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on July 30, 2010, 06:45:30 AM

Dooki & i headed out on our evening bike ride about 5pm.
i had a list of stops.
First, the mailbox.
Second, Nest #9, to see if we could spot the eaglet, safe & sound & still in the Nest Tree.
We did!
There they were, to the right & above the Nest, flapping & changing position on the various branches.
i had a good view of them & their wings, so we ran home & loaded up the camera.
By the time we got back, they were to the left of the Nest, higher up.
i could only see their tail.
i spent a long time walking around, trying to spot them, but no go.
Finally i found a spot peering between the branches & there they were, perched & calling from a branch.
i am glad to see them still safe on the nest tree!
This morning, i could hear them calling from my pillow.
As i was bringing my coffee up the stairs, i looked out & an adult was at tree level across the street from me, circling, & then another one joined them.
i thought i heard screeping close by, but maybe the sight of the adults just got the young one calling out louder.
i wondered whether the second eagle i saw was actually the eaglet.
The people who live next to the nest think they saw the young one flying already, but they are not sure.
& neither am i.
i shall keep my eyes & ears open!!   :binocs

p.s. Third on my list was to visit Brigantine Nest, to make sure the remaining eaglet was still okay.
By the time we got in from photographing Nest #9, i decided to wait til tomorrow to look at Nest Brigantine.
i got home to a call from Sheila that another eaglet was down on the ground near the Brigantine Nest.
So we completed our list by heading there after all.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: emc on July 30, 2010, 08:44:20 AM
Wonderful to hear that niner's sibling appears to be doing well ! :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: birdvoyer on July 30, 2010, 11:22:45 AM
From MARS FB page today:

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Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society - CHEK TV visited MARS today on the news at 5,6,and 10pm tonite. We thank all for their donations this will give us another month of funding. Brig and Niner are eating well thanks

 :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: winterwren on August 01, 2010, 11:33:39 PM
Today I went to check on this nest because Booni was unsure about what was happening to the remaining eaglet. As we have seen with the Brigantine nest, it's worth checking often if there is already a sibling that had to get help...

This nest is very difficult to observe. Booni taught me about all kinds of little windows in the tree cover, through which you can see parts of the nest tree. So I started touring these spots, looking for the eaglet. I couldn't see anything.

Then I heard screeping, quite close by. Luck was with me: through a gap between trees, I saw another large tree, closer than the nest tree, and the eaglet was on it!

Here's a contextual view of the perch tree, mostly so Booni can find it... This is seen from the opposite side of the road.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4851739513_0174499318.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4851739513_0174499318_b.jpg)
The perch tree is exactly in the middle of the photo. It appears shorter than the rest in this view, but that's just because it's further away. The broken dead tree in the foreground is a useful landmark. There is a narrow driveway to the right of it.

Here's a closer view; the eaglet is visible in the centre of the picture.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4851733785_85032657a5.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4851733785_85032657a5_b.jpg)

and here's the best close-up I have (well, closer-up anyway)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4851734231_11625f6be3.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4851734231_11625f6be3_b.jpg)

I went right up to the tree and circled its base, hoping to find a pellet and get some idea of this eaglet's recent diet, but I could not find one. On the other hand, the vegetation all around the tree was dotted with poopshots, which tells me that the eaglet has made very good use of that particular perch! And I guess she must be eating something!

While I was there, I heard the adults in the distance twice, but nobody came close.
Meanwhile under the canopy, I had a special treat... a family of pileated woodpeckers. Three of them... one very intent on a small stump, so intent that it didn't mind me approaching...

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4851737103_0547a3b346.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4851737103_0547a3b346_b.jpg)

While I photographed the woodpecker and looked around the tree, the eaglet flew back to the nest tree. I could hear her but could not catch a glimpse of her. But it looks like she's in good shape so far.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Rajame on August 02, 2010, 12:36:50 AM
Great shots Winterwren! I love the eagle but the woodpecker made me laugh.  :ecsmile  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2010, 05:44:22 AM


Thanks SO MUCH for checking out the Nest & eaglet yesterday wren!
They seem to be in good shape, & going from perch tree back to Nest, so that puts my mind at ease.
Great fotos of the eaglet & the perch tree.
i*ll go there looking for that tree, as soon as i can.
LOVE the woodpecker!
Nice find!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Donnae on August 02, 2010, 06:45:50 AM
Wow again, nice shots and write up. Love how you girls sure keep us informed. Many thanks!!!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: birdvoyer on August 02, 2010, 09:22:31 AM
I have cancelled all of my magazine subscriptions...don't have time or interest in reading them. This is soooo much better! Thanks   :biggrin3

:heart
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2010, 08:43:40 PM
i went by Nest #9 twice today!
With Dooki!  :eclove

The first time was in between job #1 & job #2.
i went round & round the Nest Tree until i spotted the eaglet.
She was on a perch branch, to the left of & above the Nest!
i could hear her calling.

The second time was after work.
i could hear her before i spotted her, on a perch branch above the Nest, as close to the water as she could get.
This nest is a good ways from the water, & i figure that is where her Mum & Dad were.
She had her back to the water, but was constantly looking over her shoulder, & calling out once in a while. 
i am glad to see her safe.   :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Blue on August 02, 2010, 08:47:37 PM
She is probably wondering where Niner is!   :eclol
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on August 04, 2010, 08:41:52 PM


After visiting Nest #20, Nest #21 & Nest Brigantine on my way home from work, i stopped at Nest #9.
i could neither spot nor hear the eaglet.

Later, on our bike ride, we went by the Nest Tree & heard the eaglet!
There she was, on that Nest Tree Perch branch, as close to the water as she could get.
i wish i*d had my camera.
i could see her feet gripping the branch, even with my eye.
i might*ve gotten a nice foto of her.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Thumper66 on August 04, 2010, 09:03:01 PM
Thank goodness s/he is okay.  I love happy moments.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 04, 2010, 09:15:24 PM
Booni, thanks for the happy news!   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on August 05, 2010, 09:17:46 PM


Speaking of screeping, Dooki & i could hear loud screeping from my mailbox this evening.
Oh, i just re read that.   :puzzled2
i didn*t actually hear screeping coming from my mailbox, but from Nest #9.
So we headed over to Nest #9 to take a look.
The eaglet there was screeping away, as though they had food, or the parent was bringing food.
The screeping continued, on & on.
i thought i could see the eaglet, so went to another viewpoint to see if i could see them better.
They were in a branch above the Nest.
i could hear their wings hitting the branches, as they flapped & screeped.
i saw their wings as they jumped down into the nest.
Something fell as they dropped down!
i watched it crash through the branches & heard it thud as it hit the ground.
i had just seen a chunk of cow bone, & this is what it looked like as it fell, a sawn portion of cow leg, like you give a dog to chew on.
The screeping of the eaglet reached a fever pitch!
i decided to satisfy my curiousity & see if i could find what fell.
The bushwhacking was difficult going.
Especially in sandals & bare legs.
Oh, well, the scratches will just blend in with the other scratches & bruises on my legs.
i found LOTS of poopshots!
& TWO possum skeletons, one that was still joined together by flesh & sinew, the other dry & clean & white.
i also found pellet looking clumps of hair.
There were two ravens who landed in a tree above me & they were giving me heck.
i think they had seen what fell, & they wanted it.
i went round & round, getting more & more scratched.
Why couldn*t i find the big solid thing that fell?
Suddenly i spotted it!
Now, i don*t know my fish, but it was a fish!
Brown on one side, white on the other.
The eyes were on the tip of the face, both on the brown side.
It had a small mouth & was flat.
It weighed maybe one pound?
The perfect size for an eaglet.
A halibut maybe?
It was a flat fish.
So, i picked it up & carried it out to an opening where the eagles could see it.
i looked up at the Nest.
The adult was looking right at me!
So i pointed to the fish & left.
When i came back later, there was a raven or crow in the area.
Maybe they got the fish, or will alert the eagles to the presence of their fish.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Thumper66 on August 05, 2010, 09:23:13 PM
What were you and Dooki doing in the mailbox???  I love your stories....so entertaining.  Better start wearing mom's bloomers to save your legs.  Thanks for the update!   
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Rajame on August 05, 2010, 09:34:10 PM
Thank you Booni! I just can't imagine. If you decide to go into detecting you still can use your camera.  :eclol :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: luvthebirds on August 05, 2010, 09:41:27 PM
 :eclol Enjoying imagining Dooki and Booni (with Booni wearing a deerstalker hat and holding her magnifying glass) trapped in the mailbox with a screeping eaglet!   :biggrin3

Booni, thank you so much for your reports.  Helps us feel like we have a little bit of Hornby with us reading of your (and winterwren's) sleuthing adventures.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Blue on August 05, 2010, 09:46:28 PM
Oh booni!  I thought you were going to say that you waited and watched until the ravens located the fish for you and then charged in and took it from them.   :mhihi
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: NancyM on August 05, 2010, 10:27:34 PM
 :lol  Booni!

Poop, possum and pellet!!


 I wonder if the nest  9 eagles call their possums "Wilson" ?  :really
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 05, 2010, 10:34:56 PM
It must be a little crowded in that mailbox, Booni, with you, Dooki and a screeping eaglet!   :rotf1
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: Donnae on August 05, 2010, 10:47:05 PM
Oh Booni, your stories are such a delight!!!! I am laughing thinking about what tiger wrote-- yeah it would be just a little crowded and I'm glad I am not your mailman!!! hehehe.

thanks for the update. Love it
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: winterwren on August 06, 2010, 12:23:20 AM
Booni, the fish would have been a sole. Soles are in the same family as halibut, but they're smaller and browner (halibut are grey on the top side) and some of them hang out in shallow water - still, an impressive catch!
They are funny-looking fish because they have both eyes on the same side. They lie down on their side when they are still mere fishlets, and eventually the eye that's facing down migrates to the other side. True story!
Wren
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: lookylo on August 06, 2010, 07:25:49 AM
Booni, I love the accounts of your adventures and enjoy reading them.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on August 09, 2010, 09:11:25 PM


After work i took Dooki for his run.
We stopped at Nest #9 to see if we could see the eaglet.
There she was, on her usual Nest Tree branch, looking towards the water, & quiet today while we watched.
Good thing Winterwren saw her in a tree beside the Nest Tree.
i have never seen her out of the Nest Tree yet.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael
Post by: boonibarb on August 14, 2010, 08:34:36 PM


The last couple of days i haven*t seen or heard the Nest #9 eaglet.
Late this afternoon, i heard her calling out from the area of the Nest Tree again.
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael - eaglet Niner
Post by: Maria dB on August 25, 2010, 07:51:03 AM
Booni what would we do without you?  Thank you  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael - eaglet Niner
Post by: boonibarb on September 18, 2010, 03:29:58 PM

i got into a wednesday routine of hitting all the Nests on the way home.
First stop was Nest #20.
Next stop was Nest #9.
Here i found Niner*s sibling, perched on a branch of the Nest Tree, calling out.

 july 29 2010 17:45 - Nest #9 Eaglet calls our from Nest Tree perch branch


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtYl0jdxo68
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael - eaglet Niner
Post by: boonibarb on September 18, 2010, 03:41:27 PM



 july 29 2010 17:54 - Nest #9 Eaglet calls out from Nest Tree



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCyFPHzjB-A
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael - eaglet Niner
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 18, 2010, 03:55:20 PM
Booni, thank you for 'doing the rounds' of the nests and keeping us informed about what's happening at the nests you visit. We are interested in the nests that don't have cams and you, Wren and Doug are our eyes and ears.   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael - eaglet Niner
Post by: AJL on September 28, 2010, 12:14:27 PM
I'm posting this happy news on several threads so that everyone who followed Brigabooni and Niner can rejoice tomorrow.

The eaglets will be released at 11 A.M. at the Big Qualicum River Campground.  http://www.qualicumfirstnation.com/

Maj chose this area rather than releasing them to Hornby because it is known that there are a lot of fish in the river and there are still many eagles there. They will be able to learn to forage well and learn from others, and that is a very good thing for them.

Maj has said that you are welcome to attend the release. It will be filmed, too.  :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #9 West Carmichael - eaglet Niner
Post by: winterwren on October 25, 2010, 09:03:46 PM
For people new to this forum...

The further adventures of the eaglet Niner, and the photos and videos of his release back into the wild, are posted in the "Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation" section of this forum, in the thread for Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.

Niner was soon joined by 2 other eaglets from Hornby, Li'l Brig and Decker, and Rebecca, an eaglet from Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island.  From here on, their stories are woven together.

Click  here  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg19565#msg19565) to find the first of those postings... and read on!
 :ecsmile
Wren