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Title: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2014, 08:12:32 PM
 
Compared to some of the other Nests we document, this one is very new.
We have only two seasons of ground obs for this territory, which you can read about & find the link to here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1513.msg154027#msg154027)
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2014, 08:40:38 PM
 
Today i was just cruising through coffee & oatmeal when i got a call that there was an injured Eagle near the Tribune Bay Lodge!
This Eagle was on the ground beside the road, & the finder also thought maybe she*d heard a Cougar call!
So i called Reg at MARS to give him a heads up, & to see what he thought about all this.
First of all, he said leave your Dog in the car, because he looks too much like a Deer to a Cougar!
Okay!
Second, he said Cougars stash & bury their food, so beware, in case the Cougar is nearby, & perhaps this Eagle wasn*t injured at all, but instead was feeding.
It was really good to hash things over with him first.
i called wren, & we loaded the kennels & nets into her truck & went off to meet the person who had spotted the Eagle, so she could show us exactly where, & assist in the capture.
i drove past the entryway driveway to the Lodge, where wren had parked, & parked across the road.
i had left my windows open so the the smell of my Dog would waft out the windows & help keep a potential Cougar away, so right away as i was parking i noticed very strange calls coming from the area!
What the heck was going on here??
The original finder had said the mate of the downed Eagle was in one of the Trees above, was that who i was hearing?
These were some very strange calls!
i went running towards the sounds, & when i got closer, i realized there were TWO Eagles down, & they were talon locked!
Here is the foto the finder took, when she first spotted what she thought was an injured Eagle.

november 1 2014 8:30 am - talon locked Eagles by Bethany

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Now, it*s a bit hard to tell from this foto, even if you try to blow it up, but i believe this is actually TWO Eagles, not one.
There is just too much Eagle in that pile to be only one.
You can see one right wing extended way out to the Eagle*s right, you can see one white head, & one splayed set of tail feathers that seems to be pointing the wrong direction to be attached to that Eagle*s head.

So, these two Eagles are clamped on to each other by a foot or by both feet, & they are freaking out trying to separate, & that is what all the vocalizing is about!
i was reminded of this video taken by Gregg with his cellphone when he was in Helliwell Park one day.
He saw two Eagles in the top of a Tree, one was upside down hanging from the other by a clamped foot.
Listen to the vocalizations!
We heard something like this today, only way more.

March 28, 2013 10:07 PM(date & time not bang on) - Two Eagles entangled in Helliwell - by Gregg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm4x-eV0RzY
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15688713082/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15688713082/)
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2014, 09:14:12 PM
 
The vocalizations were incredible, & i shouted to the other two that i had the Eagle in sight.
i was running towards them, & something must have clicked in one or the other or both, to quit hanging on, because something very dangerous was approaching, me!
Suddenly they were apart, & one Eagle very quickly went striding & flapping away til he reached an opener area & was able to fly away.
The remaining Eagle appeared injured.
He was also walking, but not really flapping, just sort of using his wings a bit to give him more momentum.
i maybe should have waited for the other two so we could have circled the Eagle & blocked the exits, but i wanted to not lose sight of him as he ran away, so i went running after him.
He was having trouble maneuvering, but was still managing to really get away from me.
He had a sort of lumbering limping gait, there seemed to be trouble with the right side or the right wing.
He got himself into an open clearing & then onto the driveway & was just able to get enough momentum that he could get off the ground & soar away.
DARN!
Off he went towards the water.
We three walked that way too, looking for him in the bushes or Trees, but it was hard to see as the sun was low & in our eyes.
We got down to the beach & saw no sign of him.
wren went to get binoculars, our helper went home after showing us the foto she had taken.
i decided to look at the spot where they had been, to see what i could see & to look for a Cougar stash.
i had totally forgotten about being afraid of a Cougar!
At the site, there were some gorgeous mushrooms, that wren said were edible.
Maybe she will remind me what they are called?
Some of them were broken at the stem.
There were also numerous little feathers on the ground & caught on bushes & grass, down & small covert feathers.
But i saw nothing like a Cougar stash, & as wren pointed out, no smell of one, either.
So we concluded that these Eagles had fought, talon locked, & crashed to the ground!
One seemed fine & flew away, but the other was at least badly bruised, if not broken or sprained or dislocated, also perhaps punctured from talons.
i*m a bit foggy on the next sequence of events, but i believe wren came back from her binocular look saying she had seen an Eagle perched low down in a Tree.
Low down would fit the Eagle we were looking for, who had been on the ground & appeared injured.
She also mentioned two parallel fences, & that maybe the Eagle had gone down between them.
These are fences that separate the Lodge property from the next door neighbour.
You could hear a radio playing from that person*s yard/home.
So someone was there.
wren offered to jump the chain link fence, while i was to walk outside the fence & try to come at her from the other end, hopefully trapping the Eagle between us for capture.
Ah, that would have been perfect.
i walked that whole fence line with great dismay, seeing how thick the clump of Blackberries was, between me & the chainlink fence.
So i kept going til i found a spot where a Tree had come down & crushed the fence.
Should i go over the fence there?
But then i realized the fence ended, not too much further from where i now was standing.
& i couldn*t believe my eyes, but when i peered through the last bit of fence, there was the Eagle standing on the lawn!
i shouted to wren, & she was on the other side of the Eagle, coming towards me.
We had him!
wren was on the lawn, approaching slowly.
i was up on a sort of berm, the Eagle had been up there but then jumped down into the yard to get away from me.
wren told me to hold up, & she approached slowly from the other side.
There was lovely thick Salal there, if we could herd the Eagle into it, it would slow him down & make him easier to capture.
But no!
He went motoring off on foot & found another clearing & a driveway & i went running after him.
wren was too far away, but she shouted go! go! go!
Well, i*m not much of a runner anymore, but i went lumbering after that Eagle with my net outstretched.
He was so close!
But he outran me & was able to get air & float off away from us again.
Darn!
We went hunting for him down the driveway, which ended up being the driveway to the High Salal properties.
It felt hopeless.
But we lucked out & spotted the Eagle perched low down in a Tree again!
Maybe 15' up, which is low down for an Eagle.
A car was coming down the driveway so wren flagged him down to explain what was happening & to enlist his help.
i was standing there keeping the Eagle in sight.
He seemed very flighty & nervous, as though he might just take off at any moment.
i remembered that i had my camera on me, so while i waited, i might as well take some fotos!
But then i decided to take a video.
Here is the Eagle.
wren is talking to the man driving the truck.

november 1 2014 11:46 - injured Eagle in High Salal driveway


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6OF5R2YZoY

Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 01, 2014, 09:30:43 PM
 
See what i mean about flighty & nervous?
The eyes are huge & on high alert.
To me, there seems to be blood dripping from the left nare, & also blood in the right commissure & on the right side of the beak.
You can see him fold up his right wing, & something looks wrong in how he does it.
& all the feathering of that wing looks rumpled somehow.
This Eagle may just be bruised, but a little exam by MARS, & then a short holiday with good food would do him good.
So we need to capture him!
We decide to surround the Tree & encourage him to leap down to the ground where he will have a hard time moving away from us, so then we can capture him.
We keep moving closer & he keeps looking as though he is about to jump.
But then he doesn*t.
i notice he is wary of my net, so i reach it up, to encourage him to jump.
& he does!
wren said he made as though to land on the ground, but then spotted her, & decided to fly over her head instead.
Darn!
This indeed feels hopeless.
i thought the Eagle had flown down the driveway into where all the homes are.
But wren & the man say he flew the other way, down the driveway & out to the road, where he crossed the road & flew off into the Trees.
Darn!
We are just not going to be able to catch this Eagle, when he can keep flying away from us like this.
We ask the man to keep a lookout for us, & i call the people who live near where the Eagle was last seen.
Either he will heal himself over a few days & be fine, or something is very wrong & someone else will hopefully spot him & call us.
i sure wish we could have caught this Eagle.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Rajame on November 01, 2014, 11:54:34 PM
Thank you thank you thank you for all your efforts!

You may get him yet!

:hug

Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boodle317 on November 02, 2014, 06:05:33 AM
Wow booni...another great rescue attempt.  Wish you could have gotten him.  Thank you again for all you do to help these guys.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Cawatcher on November 02, 2014, 06:06:41 AM
booni and winterwren What an ordeal! Thank you so much for your attemps and sharing the amazing story with us :eclove
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on November 02, 2014, 08:36:57 AM
Booni and Wren!!!!  The Heart of Hornby!  So much wanting to help the injured eagle!   I love your passion and your caring!  The eagle will either be fine, or you'll see him again, in dire need.  And you'll be there when he really needs you!  Thank You!! :eclove
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: passerine on November 02, 2014, 09:36:58 AM
How frustrating & worrisome. Hopefully someone can spot him grounded before he gets too weak or heals. There is hope.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: NancyM on November 02, 2014, 03:50:18 PM
The eagle in the video has the "look of Dad"  about him (to me)  - perhaps one of their offspring?  I hope he will be rescued, if needed.  Good effort, booni and wren!
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on November 02, 2014, 05:01:18 PM
While we were looking for the injured eagle, I saw four more adult eagles in the area. There was some trilling from time to time and I witnessed one more altercation, right above where the two eagles had fallen in a talon lock.

At one point I found one eagle on this inland perch tree.
I didn't know it yet, but he was looking directly to where the injured eagle was perched on a low branch.

November 1, 10:59 am
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Off he flew, over the injured eagle's perch and toward the ocean. 
11:00
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ps: Booni, those mushrooms were Shaggy Parasols, Lepiota rachodes. Another reason to return to that area...

Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on November 03, 2014, 03:22:21 PM
Yesterday at dusk, I got a call from a neighbour of this territory. She told me that an eagle was sitting on the ground near her garden... And seemed unable to fly. It was already getting too dark to find an eagle, and she told me she would check again in the morning. But this morning the eagle was gone. I decided to go have a look regardless.

This is a small community garden, away from houses, in a clearing in the woods. All was quiet when I arrived. I took my capture gear just in case, and started slowly circling the clearing, threading through the edge of the woods, stopping every few paces.

Suddenly I hear a flutter and here was the eagle, flying toward me! He landed about 10 feet up on an alder. He seemed unsteady on his feet. His wing seemed to tuck better than it did on the first day, but it's still a bit crooked: the primaries end up tucked under the tail.
I sat on the ground and watched with my binoculars for a long time. Then the rain stopped and I decided to tiptoe to the truck and get my camera.

The eagle had moved to a larger branch and turned around, but I was able to get a few photos, at high ISO unfortunately, so they're grainy on the larger sizes.
In this one you can see the primaries of the right wing under the tail. There is some redness inside and around the nare that was all bloody on the first day.
November 3, 12:06
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He got restless, had a poopshot, and took off the way he had come, getting some elevation even through the woods and landing higher up in another tree, maybe a hundred feet away.

I went and found his droppings... Note the green fecal matter, which I'm told is a sign of starvation.

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Here's where he landed, and where I left him eventually. I definitely am not catching that eagle today. I'm still hoping he will make it out there, but wouldn't be surprised if we get another call eventually. The neighbours are watching for him.

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Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: CanadianRaptorman on November 03, 2014, 04:14:27 PM
A wing tucked up but under the tail can occur naturally on occasion or unnaturally if the wrist is injured (bruised, perhaps a broken bone) but this would often affect the bird's ability to fly (and especially gain elevation). The green in the fecal sample only indicates an empty stomach not necessarily starvation. There is a significant difference. From what you have stated the only way you are going to "catch" a bird with those conditions is with a food laiden trap and I'm not sure that falls within the mandate of any rehab permit. Continued observation is required to further assess the situation and perhaps some clarification on the permit protocal might be wise.

Bill
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on November 03, 2014, 04:15:23 PM
Thank you so much for caring about this eagle!  ♥♥♥
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: auroradawn on November 03, 2014, 04:31:59 PM
Thank you for the follow up wren, I sure hope the eagle will be OK and I know you & booni will continue your efforts to help.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on November 03, 2014, 06:00:49 PM
Thanks for your posting, Bill. I'm actually hoping that we're just dealing with soft-tissue injuries from that 2-hour ordeal when the two eagles dropped out of the sky with locked talons and were stuck together on the ground. Your posting gives me more hope that it is so, and that this eagle didn't break a wing in his fall.
Thanks also for the clarification re: green poop.
No, I'm certainly not about to try catching this bird in these conditions! As for permit protocols, I don't do anything except with the say-so of the rehabbers at MARS. I'm only their eyes and ears on the ground and will do whatever they tell me. I cannot possibly speak too highly of their professionalism.
The neighbours will keep an eye out, and if that eagle weakens and gets grounded again I'll be hearing about it. My dearest hope is that he will get stronger and I'll never hear of him again.



A wing tucked up but under the tail can occur naturally on occasion or unnaturally if the wrist is injured (bruised, perhaps a broken bone) but this would often affect the bird's ability to fly (and especially gain elevation). The green in the fecal sample only indicates an empty stomach not necessarily starvation. There is a significant difference. From what you have stated the only way you are going to "catch" a bird with those conditions is with a food laiden trap and I'm not sure that falls within the mandate of any rehab permit. Continued observation is required to further assess the situation and perhaps some clarification on the permit protocal might be wise.

Bill
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on March 29, 2015, 11:43:35 PM
There is a huge snag on St John's Point Road near the entrance of Tribune Bay and I don't know for sure whether it belongs to this territory or to the Lunar Rock territory, which is on the other side of the peninsula defined by Tribune Bay.

In the woods near this huge snag is the old Osprey nest, and also the tree where they attempted nesting last year.

On March 21, while there were still so many eagles on the island, I was driving toward Whaling Station Bay when I spotted two eagles perching on the snag... How could I not stop, in such good weather?

March 21, 3:38 pm
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3:39
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Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on March 29, 2015, 11:58:38 PM
Something strange happened next.

Well, the first thing that happened, unknown to me, was that Linus drove by. She had been visiting the island, and was returning to the ferry... She almost stopped to see what the person with the camera was doing... Wave to Linus, everyone! Hopefully I'll get a chance to visit next time.

The next thing...
I heard some screeching calls, from the direction of the Tribune Bay nest, and coming closer. The calls initially reminded me of a young eagle's rusty-hinge calls. Except they were closer to a continuous screech.

Remembering how noisy ospreys are... And considering that I was in osprey territory... When I saw the two comparatively light-coloured birds with pointy wings bursting out above the road from the concealment of the forest, I just assumed they were ospreys. In circumstances like this, anyway, I get busy snapping photos and worry about identification later.

They just circled once and disappeared. Someone stopped on the road (not Linus) and asked me what was going on, so I missed part of the sighting.

So I was unprepared for what I saw when I finally had time to look at the pictures.
March 21, 3:40
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Peregrine Falcons! I have to say the sounds were most un-peregrine-like; so I'm still not sure of what took place here.

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This was my second sighting of peregrines in a day, so I'm puzzled but I feel really lucky.
(Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1591.msg163106#msg163106) to read about the first sighting.)
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 21, 2015, 07:08:53 PM
 
We went down to Tribune Bay because an Elephant Seal was reported on the beach!
On our way out, since we had heard Eagles calling the whole time, we walked past this Nest Tree.
It was raining, but here it is.
It is quite substantial!
There was an Eagle perched near the top of the Tree, & when he called, i could hear a female call from the Nest, so perhaps they have eggs here?

april 21 2015 14:07 - Tribune Bay Tennis Court Nest

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17043326679/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/17043326679/)
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on April 21, 2015, 08:22:29 PM
I got that call too, and with that, the story of a dead newborn Elephant Seal on Spray Point.

I was pretty sure that an Elephant Seal "much larger than a Sea Lion" would not give birth... The females are much smaller; also they don't have the big droopy nose; I'm told that few people would be able to tell them apart from a large seal or a Sea Lion. Also, the nearest Elephant Seal rookery is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, over 200 km away.

Sure enough, I found lots of eagles on the Big Tribune side of Spray Point, then two vultures perched on a rock... And a dead, adult Harbour Seal. I'm guessing people saw it and saw the male Elephant Seal nearby and made a conclusion that fit what they knew.

It was a nice walk, even in the rain. The rock formations around Spray Point are beautiful, and I found some Fawn Lilies in bloom and lots of beautiful eagles perched in the trees. And two Bonaparte's Gulls fully moulted in breeding plumage, with their black hood. That, and a good story to unravel.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on April 23, 2015, 12:32:55 AM
Our resident Elephant Seal was seen again at Big Tribune Bay today. A friend sent me photos or him napping on the sand at low tide.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 11:09:30 AM
 
Okay, i sorted through the fotos, & here are a few of our latest visiting Elephant Seal!
He was snoozing pretty hard.
You would think he was dead.
But then he*d scratch himself with a flipper, or flip his tail around or snuffle & breathe for a while.

april 21 2015 13:35 - male Elephant Seal

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Here he is lifting his bulky head off the sand.
i never saw him once open his eyes, the whole time i was there.
Look at the rolls of skin under his right flipper.

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It is best to keep one*s distance from an Elephant Seal.
They can move very fast!
Keep dogs & children away.
He is resting, just leave him be.
i am up the shore in the bushes, with a long zoom lens.

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While waiting for Mr. Elephant Seal to do something exciting, like, a headstand, say, i scanned the beach & far far away saw a shape too large to be anything but an Eagle!
&, of course, even though i am a loooooong ways away, hiding in the bush, the fact that i am pointing my camera at this youngster does not escape them!

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Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 11:13:30 AM
 
april 21 2015 13:36 - male Elephant Seal breathing



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS7tPZiNVGQ
 
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 11:17:22 AM
 
april 21 2015 13:37 - male Elephant Seal breathing



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHktIF0D2ZY
 
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boodle317 on April 23, 2015, 11:32:08 AM
my gosh he's enourmous!
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 12:44:07 PM
 
april 21 2015 13:49 - male Elephant Seal



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbSGPeVZO6k
 
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2015, 12:49:22 PM

april 21 2015 13:45 - male Elephant Seal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zeZJJKpyfo
 
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: linused on April 23, 2015, 11:49:01 PM
I love these videos of the elephant seal.  Do you think he is dreaming in the last video?
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Sandor3 on April 24, 2015, 08:22:46 AM
Looks like he is after a big fish, Linus....at least, it looks like swimming motions.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2015, 08:38:08 AM

Yes!
i meant to say that!
He looks like he is dreaming of swimming!
linused, i have TONS of fotos & videos of an Elephant Seal at Grassy Point two or three years ago!
Do you want the link to them?
Or have you already seen them.
These gigantic guys are fascinating.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: linused on April 24, 2015, 10:36:18 AM
Yes Booni   Thank you  I would love the link to those videos.  :heart     I have yet to see ones of those wonderful fellows.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: jeavverhey on April 24, 2015, 12:00:32 PM
What an impressive creature he is! :nod2 And you are right Booni - that youngster see you with you enormous black nose pointed at them. :eceek
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2015, 08:49:57 PM

linused, click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1236.msg131257#msg131257) to see fotos & videos of the time the Elephant Seal visited Grassy Point!

Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1391.msg155977#msg155977) to see the Elephant Seal in Niner territory.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: linused on April 24, 2015, 11:20:54 PM
Thank you Booni  I am really enjoying revisiting your videos of the elephant seal.  I remember being fascinated with the nose anatomy and enjoying the sound of his breathing. Loved the video with the sound of Mom and Dad in the background.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2015, 09:11:46 AM
 
i took some of the HIP Trippers on a tour of a few Nests, looking for Eaglets on june 18.
When we were at this Nest, it was spittering with rain.
We heard no Eaglets while we were there, & there was no shower of poopshots under the Nest Tree.
There was an adult perched at the tippy top of the Nest Tree, however.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on June 30, 2015, 10:18:54 PM
On June 21, to finish the longest day of the year, I went paddling along the bluffs of Tribune Bay.

Aside from enjoying the sweet cruise, I was here to look for several kinds of nests: the nests of the Pigeon Guillemots who swim in the outer part of Big Tribune Bay, the nests of the Peregrine Falcons that we've seen around Little Tribune, and maybe an eagle's nest also. I keep wondering if there is an eagle territory between the Big Tribune nest, whose forum thread this is, and the next one we know of, on the far edge of Helliwell Park.

The cliff nesters, Peregrines and Guillemots, might be in any of the niches and crevices on the bluffs. Guillemots' nests are particularly well hidden, but I'd been told to look for drips of white poop.

Spray Point, which separates Big and Little Tribunes, struck me as not tall enough and as too busy with people to house any birds, but I still had a good look.

The south shore of Big Tribune, on the other hand, looks like a cliff dweller's dream.
And the light was just right.
June 21, 6:50 pm
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To be continued...  :offtobed
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 01, 2015, 07:32:49 PM
June 21st, continued.

Now here's something that looks like a nest.
There are three tracks of guano on the rocks. The rightmost one, almost dead centre of the picture, from the Peregrine's nest. We can see sticks in the stone niche, and the location corresponds to what I had been led to expect. This nest has reportedly been in use for several years.

Above that and to the left is a small deep pocket in the rock. A Guillemot's nest, or a perch where the Peregrines babysit and transfer food? I suspect the latter; it seems crazy for the Guillemots to nest so close to predators.

The third white track is below the second and looks like drips from it.

June 21, 7:20 pm
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Closer look at the Peregrine's nest. I checked all the dark recesses from different angles: no birds hiding anywhere.
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Closer look at the upper perch or whatever it is... Quite a deep little chamber in there.
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Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 01, 2015, 07:42:50 PM
Paddling along, right by the huge boulders at the base of the bluffs... (Ask Idahowa about that!  :eclol )

There's been one eagle flying along and sometimes perching and calling out, but no sign of a nest or sound of eaglets. The same eagle seems to perch here and there along the 3-km length of the bluff.

Here he or she is, in a very picturesque setting.
June 21, 7:39
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Closer view...
7:42
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Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 01, 2015, 08:16:09 PM
The eagle was staring at a shape on the water.

It was a Marbled Murrelet!
Most of them are shy but this one was moving kind of slow and I drifted closer and closer until I got these two shots.

June 21, 7:40
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In animal rescue training we are taught that we should not interrupt what's called a 'predator-prey relationship.' It's possible that I did just that. I drifted too close for the eagle's comfort and that one took off.

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Meanwhile the Murrelet stayed. I watched for a few minutes more then quietly retreated.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Cawatcher on July 01, 2015, 10:47:56 PM
Super series Winterwren!!!
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 03, 2015, 10:22:17 AM
Last night, a friend told me that he heard screeps from this nest and saw an adult come in with a fish! The adult eagle didn't stay long, and flew back off after a few seconds. On the nests I have watched, the eaglets are now able to feed themselves.

So it looks like at least one eaglet on this nest after all.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 13, 2015, 11:45:10 AM
Yesterday morning, July 12, I spent time watching this nest with a junior birder. We could hear an eaglet calling but he was deep inside the nest. I set up the camera on a tripod just in case and we were able to catch the eaglet bouncing to the edge of the nest and flapping his wings... After which he tucked down out of view again.

One eaglet here for sure!
Photos will follow.
Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 13, 2015, 10:17:43 PM
Meanwhile here are some photos I took from the water on June 28, around the southeast corner of Tribune Bay. This is the area where I had been unsuccessfully looking for Pigeon Guillemots' nests.

The Guillemots sure are around. On this day, two of them let me approach closer than usual.
June 28, 4:28 pm
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Sigh...  :heart They have such lovely red feet.
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Here's the second one, swimming nearby.
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Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on August 01, 2015, 06:58:38 PM
Better late than never... Here are the photos from July 12. At the moment when the eaglet bounced out of the nest like a jack-in-the-box, I was a few feet away from my camera and tripod, looking for a better viewpoint, so it is the family's youngest birder who clicked the shutter button through this sequence.

In the first photo the eaglet looks as if he's arriving from a flight but he's not. He's just flapping and getting air from the rim of the nest.

July 12, 9:48 am
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Calm now. Parent sitting above the nest.
9:50
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Title: Re: Nest Tribune Bay Tennis Court - 2014 - 2015 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 01, 2015, 08:57:48 PM
Well done, young birder!   :thumbup: