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Mom & Dad Hornby's Nest & Territory => 2014-2015 ~ (no eggs, Mom left in March) => Topic started by: NancyM on September 29, 2014, 09:40:53 AM

Title: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: NancyM on September 29, 2014, 09:40:53 AM
Welcome to the 2014-2015 season!  Please post screencaps (or videos), questions or observations, comments, etc here.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: NancyM on October 07, 2014, 03:45:00 PM
YAY!  Today (Tuesday, October 7, 2014), an eagle flew to the Babysitting tree, coming in from the right and landing on a short branch near the crook branch where Mom likes to sit.

This eagle looked large but he sat for a couple of hours, preening and sometimes calling (he sounded a bit like Dad.. )

Ground observer Mishi has confirmed that this eagle is ..Dad! Be sure to watch for photos to be posted on the Grounds Obs topic.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: Rajame on October 07, 2014, 05:15:12 PM
Yay!!! Yippee Dad's Home!!!

I am doing the happy dance@  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: gzebear on October 24, 2014, 08:00:16 AM

When did Dad actually return? Do we have a date? thanks.



Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: NancyM on October 24, 2014, 10:34:40 AM
gze, I think the actual date of his return is still being debated (and photos and videos are being reviewed ...) He MIGHT have been on Hornby as early as the 11th, and then kept a low profile until Mom returned. School is still out.  But we are all crazy happy to see both of them again, right where they belong.  :eclove
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: gzebear on October 25, 2014, 02:19:25 PM
Thanks Nancy - sooo happy to see them and especially to HEAR them both! I've been curious about the timing of their return, if and how it matches up with their later nesting, later fledge, later leaving for salmon runs.

Living with very limited internet access for the past several weeks, I've been trying to keep up through the forum, looking forward now to going back and viewing many of the videos I missed. What a joy it must have been to have seen and heard them on the cam ... for sure!
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: madrona on October 28, 2014, 10:18:57 AM
Today is a very stormy day on Hornby and the west coast.  We may well lose power if these strong gusting winds keep up!

But Mom and Dad don't seem too phased.  At around 10 AM they visited the nest and were buffeted around for a bit before leaving.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/Hornbymomanddad1-stormyOct28-10AM_zpsbd36126a.jpg)
Mom's part shows that she's on the left!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/Hornbymomanddad2-stormyOct28-10AM_zpsa67f1688.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/Hornbymomanddad3-stormyOct28-10AM_zpsa4f4b047.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/Hornbymomanddad4-stormyOct28-10AM_zps43c72ba3.jpg)
Mom flies off first, followed by dad a short time later.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: madrona on December 26, 2014, 12:21:19 PM
Mom and Dad were quite vocal today.  It was lovely to see them both on the nest when I checked on the cam this morning.  Just like old times!  These pics were taken between approximately 9:24 AM and 9:30 ish.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/Hornbymomanddad1-Dec2614_zpsecaa5dab.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/Hornbymomanddad2-Dec2614_zps99b5480b.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/Hornbymomanddad3-Dec2614_zpse38c3103.jpg)

Mom's part is very noticeable in the pic below - dad hopped onto the CU box to hide behind the struts!
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Hornby/Hornbymomanddad4-Dec2614_zpsb5b98e27.jpg)
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: NancyM on January 15, 2015, 01:23:04 PM
Thanks to Paintnut for these two videos.

January 15, 2015

0851 eagle flies off the upper left branch to the right and it appears there is a chase; that eagle returns to the bst

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


0926 Mom and dad are soaring and fly to the nest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_RQx8fOTgY
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: NancyM on January 15, 2015, 01:24:52 PM
Jan 15, continued

even more exciting, around 12:35, Mom came back to the nest and then Dad arrived, with a stick ... and then he SCOOTCHED for several minutes while Mom watched. Even after he got up and flew off, Mom stayed on the nest.  She is still there, nearly an hour later.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: NancyM on January 16, 2015, 02:55:03 PM
January 15, continued

Here are two videos from Painnut, showing the action I mentioned in the post before this:


12:41 mom is in the nest; dad arrives with a stick
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGu-fM_SPKs


12:45 dad has placed the stick and now settles in for a relaxing scootch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PJSJFBY3z8
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: winterwren on January 16, 2015, 06:34:36 PM
Nancy, thank you so much for taking the time to give us yesterday's highlights.  It was quite a stormy day and I'm amazed to see that both eagles were on the nest -  and Dad landing a stick that size! Winds were around 30 knots at the time.  I would have thought they would just hunker down on a branch somewhere.
Last night the winds gusted to 48 knots, as strong as in the pair of storms that downed Booni's backyard perch tree. I'm glad to see that once again the nest is undamaged.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: Cawatcher on January 16, 2015, 06:53:22 PM
They are a resilient pair :ecsmile
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: NancyM on April 02, 2015, 01:13:55 PM
April 2, update


After a relatively uneventful January and February, March turned out to be a time of great change for Mom and Dad. Here is a summary that we* have just prepared for the month (and you can look at photos in the ground observations topic in the forum (Ground Obs, starting March 2, 2015 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1540.msg161918#msg161918)):


On the evening of March 1, Mom flew off to chase another eagle.  She did not return for her usual brief late-night nest visit.  When we next saw Mom, her head, face, eyes, and beak had several discolored areas that eventually resolved into areas of injury (rather than clinging food from foraging).  Mom and Dad were seen together on the cam through March 15 and by our ground observer on March 14.  Mom has not been heard or seen on cam since March 15.

A great number of eagles were in the territory at that time, awaiting herring. Eagles of all ages competed for fish and for good perches. This year, there seemed to be more food competition than usual.  There were also a number of new adults, some of whom were vying for Dad's attention.

While it appears that many visitors in for the herring spawn may have dispersed, we continue to see some immatures and some young females.  At this time (April 2, 2015), we appear to have two or more females (five and six years of age) competing for Dad's attention.

We do not know whether Mom has died, has been vanquished, or has removed herself from the fray.  There have been no reports of dead or injured/grounded eagles on the island to date. Dad continues to hold and defend the territory.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*Please note that I may have posted the summary, but AJL wrote most of it and booni verified some of the dates -  it was a team effort.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: birdvoyer on April 02, 2015, 03:59:42 PM
Thanks, NancyM, for this summary of the recent events in Mom and Dad Hornby's world.  Everyone knows that inevitably, this wonderful relationship will change for a number of possible reasons.  Though my mind knows of this, my heart still holds hope that there is still yet another chapter for this special pair. ♥
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: jeavverhey on April 03, 2015, 08:57:29 AM
ditto.  Thanks for the neat and tidy summary Nancy. I'm  :pray
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: ccfan on April 03, 2015, 09:55:38 AM
Thank you Nancy. I keep hoping mom will appear as we all do.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: beans on April 03, 2015, 11:43:19 AM
I saw no pictures or updates of Mom on the other forums.  Sad, but this is the way nature works.  On the other hand, she may return.  We can only wait and see.  Assume Barb hasn't seen Mom, either.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: jefferyb on April 03, 2015, 04:41:36 PM
Thank you for this update, Nancy. We are all really missing mom and praying for her. I hope this chapter isn't over yet as we all do. I take comfort in that dad is still defending nest/ territory. It's hard not knowing what has happened.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: NancyM on April 03, 2015, 07:21:17 PM
Please note that I may have posted the summary, but AJL wrote most of it and booni verified some of the dates -  it is a team effort here.
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: Rajame on April 03, 2015, 11:37:33 PM
:hearts2   :hearts2   :hearts2

Thank you for the update and recap. I very much appreciate your comments.

:hearts   :hearts   :hearts  
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: BBE on April 05, 2015, 07:03:19 PM
AJL and Nancy - thank you for the update re Mom and the other eagles. I had heard some details via the 'eagle-vine'; but good to have those involved.
 
Booni amd Wren I have been looking at your photos for the month of March. You two make such a great team. Your devotion to and the time you have spent taking, uploading and posting so many photos = applause, applause. I too hope to see Mom return; time will tell.

 :clap :ty :flower :grouphug
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 06, 2015, 07:32:07 AM
I am so amazed at (and grateful for) the wonderful view we have of this entire territory, both from our ground crew and our cam and cam ops. Magnificent and so fortunate to see how life unfolds in real time.

            makes me feel very very small
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: gillie on April 07, 2015, 12:25:24 AM
Thank you all  so much for the report regarding Ma and Pa Hornby. You all do an amazing job. I've followed this pair since they first came online, they have given so much joy and sorrow. I have always dreaded the day when one goes missing. I so hope she returns, poor Pa must be so sad, the young females vying for his attention aren't his lifelong mate. Get well soon Ma and please come back, we all miss you sooo much. Love Gillie (New Zealand)  :eccry
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: paprikash on April 10, 2015, 12:06:32 AM
I am also a member of the group that first got to see the Hornby's in their nests for the first time. I will never forget them. They were wonderful partners and fantastic parents to their eaglets. They were also hilarious at times, especially when Dad got too vigorous with nestorating, a little too selfish with the food, or when he didn't want to leave the brooding position and let her take charge. She even poked him with twigs to get him moved off. My heart still hopes that mom is coming back, but after this length of time, my head doesn't think it is likely.  :eccry

I guess I can dream that some unknown rehabber has taken Mom in.

Thank you for your great work, you wonderful people!
Title: Re: Discussion ~ Hornby Eagles Nest & Territory Cam 2014-2015
Post by: nubchai on April 19, 2015, 11:01:11 AM
Well I'm heartbroken to hear this news. I so love Ma Hornby and have watched the two of them for years. I knew there would be an end. I just wasn't prepared for it. I hope a rehabber did take her in and that we'll see her again.