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Title: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 11, 2015, 02:25:54 PM
This topic is for the nest we call Lunar Rock, after the beautiful otherworldly sandstone on its beach.

We still don't know exactly where this nest is; it is hidden in the forest on private land. But we hear the eaglets from the beach and see them when they fledge.

We first found out about this nest a few years ago when we were called on to rescue an eaglet who was 'camping' under the deck of a house... This eaglet became known as Decker.

It took us a while to sort this territory from its neighbour, Tralee Point.

To see last year's posts about this nest, and how we found out about the two territories, click here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1471.msg146433#msg146433)

         
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 11, 2015, 02:31:25 PM
The eagles of this territory had many adventures in the past week.

I will not have time to relate it all in this post, but the short version is that there is now an eaglet on the way to MARS.

I've been watching this eaglet through ups and downs for the past week, but this morning it was obvious that she could not fly and was weakening. So with Booni and a small helper, and after consultation with MARS, we captured this eaglet and sent her on her way to care.

More details, and photos, soon!
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 11, 2015, 08:19:30 PM
It all started on July 6. A friend who is working on some building near this nest told me an eaglet had spent hours on the ground near them that day. He showed me a photo. Clearly, an eaglet of this year, on the grass near a lawn chair. Not good.

The next day I went to check. I had been busy all morning, so by the time I got there it was nap time for eaglets. The workers, who have been so kind in granting me permission to check the area, told me that the eaglet was nearby in the morning, and there were adult eagles flying around too. The eaglet was at that point able to fly about 20 feet up. He or she had tried to land on top of a snag near the house, missed the landing, hung by one foot for a precarious moment, then landed safely a little further, flapping out of trouble. The eaglet had then fleaped away along the beach, somewhat asymmetrically they thought. I followed the directions but could not find the young one although I did see one of the adult eagles. At one point I heard screeps in the direction of the nest. (I still don't know exactly where the nest is but I've learned its general direction over the years.) Was the eaglet back home? Or did this one have a sibling?

I returned the next day, early in the morning. Right away I could hear screeps. Then I saw an adult eagle flying toward the nest with a fish. Just at that moment someone started a table saw and I missed the crucial moments where I might have heard how many screeps responded to the delivery.
But a scant couple of minutes later I was already on the beach and I could hear an eaglet there. It would have been difficult to eat a fish and fly back to the beach unless it was a one-gulp meal.
An adult returned and perched above the beach. Checking on that eaglet maybe?
Yes! There that one was, almost invisible, tucked against the trunk of a tree 30 feet above the beach.

July 8, 9:30 am
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Is this a full crop or the eaglet's position?
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I retreat down the beach to get out of the eaglet's space, and in so doing I frighten the adult away...  :nope
The eaglet starts screeping again.
9:38
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Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 11, 2015, 08:30:28 PM
The eaglet soon started an elaborate series of nods and shuffles... An indication of the intent to fly away!
Except that for a beginning flier like this, the nods and neck stretches and shuffles can last a long long time...

Then finally!
I'd taken pains to tuck myself away further down the beach but the eagle flies right toward me!
July 8, 9:45 am
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The eaglet landed right above me! The flight was about a hundred feet, with no elevation gain or loss.
Then a few clumsy readjustments along a skinny, wavy branch.
9:50
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Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 11, 2015, 09:25:31 PM
I had been aware of some rustles of feathers or leaves from time to time, coming from a little inland... But had been unwilling to get my eyes off that beautiful eaglet.

Then suddenly those rusling feathers were just above my head... Just to the left of the eaglet.
I craned my neck and was able to get a partial view of the visitor... All brown feathers, no white head or tail...
There was indeed a second eaglet!!

Then an adult flew by! At that point of course both eaglets sounded off! Higher softer screeps from the newly arrived bird. Lower, louder screeps from that troubled one. Male and female then?

The second eaglet, whom I will call 'him' for clarity from now on, flew in pursuit of the adult. Flew upwards and vigorously.
No problem here!
July 8, 10:08
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I had solved the puzzle of that day... Two eaglets, one stronger than the other, but both capable of flight at that point.
Now to wait and hope for the best.

The story wasn't quite done yet, though.

I left the area and biked the trail toward the Tralee Point nest, hoping to get a glimpse of its own eaglet. I tried a new trail the workers had told me about. It turned out to lead, not inside the Tralee Point territory but still within the Lunar Rock zone.
How do I know? Because as I approached the edge of the trees I heard that higher screep from the the area I had just left, and here came the second eaglet, the stronger flier, and he executed a perfect landing right in front of me!

Then stayed there for a few minutes while I sat down on the ground, my jaw hanging open.
10:35
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Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: linused on July 11, 2015, 09:40:38 PM
Oh Wren,  were you being observed. Hope the weaker eaglet keeps getting stronger. Thank you for your stories about all these eaglets.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: amazedbyeagles on July 12, 2015, 08:01:17 AM
Wonderful story about these two eaglets!  Love the feeling you give us of watching these adventures with you!  How incredible and interesting that the eaglet was watching you!!!  Wowee!!!  Thanks so much for sharing! :eclove
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 12, 2015, 11:52:29 AM
The next day, July 9, I didn't visit this site, hoping that the weaker eaglet would get stronger and find her share of food. In the evening, though, I met my friend who works on the house, and he told me the eaglet had been sitting on a log on the beach all day!
Now I was really worried.

The next morning, July 10, was a really busy day for me but I made time to go visit in the morning. Before I left, though, I got an email from that same person, saying that the parents were now feeding both eaglets down on the beach.
This sounded like a good time to leave the area alone and not interfere with the feeding.

So I went on with my full day, only to find these news in my email in the evening:
"After I emailed you [this morning's news], we were treated to a full eagle air show. One of the adults from the Tralee nest showed up, roughed up the chicks, and made off with their salmon. A pretty impressive dogfight between [Lunar Rock] and Tralee adults."

Yikes. Now I was worried again, so I made the plan to go back as early as possible the next morning.

Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 12, 2015, 04:15:03 PM
July 11.
One of my visitors, a pint-sized birdwatcher eight years old, is an early bird so we bike down to the Lunar Rock territory together while the rest of the family slowly awakens.
We're on site by 9:30. Right away I spot the eaglet, sitting on a log on the beach.
She does not move as we approach. It is at long last raining, after two dry months, so she's as wet as we are.

July 11, 9:31 am
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The furthest she goes is a fleap up a piece of driftwood.
9:32
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9:38
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I call MARS from my cell phone while still watching... Reg tells me, "You're the person on the ground and you can tell what's needed." My next call is to Booni. Then we return home just long enough to grab capture gear and let family know what we're up to.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 12, 2015, 06:15:45 PM

Soon we're back with capture nets, gloves and towels.

As we step on the beach, we see an eaglet take off from a log!
Hey, she can indeed fly!
Off that one goes, a long low diagonal flight. We're not catching that eagle for sure!

But wait.
This is the second eaglet, the one who's been stronger all along.
His sister is still on the same piece of driftwood where we last saw her, almost an hour ago. She has not moved.

So we do our usual approach, with nets and towels, cornering her against the steep bank that is behind her. She moves my way, almost right into my net.

She gets a talon and a wing tangled in the mesh and I worry about hurting her as I disentangle her while still holding her legs. Then into the carrier she goes, but instead of standing up she just sits on her elbows and belly like a younger eaglet, wings partly open, possibly exhausted by all the stress.

Down to the ferry landing, where I found some visitors with an open truck willing to take her over to Buckley Bay where Dawn was waiting to drive the final leg of this bird's long trip to MARS.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 12, 2015, 06:43:25 PM
Other things I saw while searching for an eaglet...

The lunar rocks of Lunar Rocks:
July 7, 12:23
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A tiny Black-thoated Grey Warbler, found where I hoped to see an eaglet...
12:37
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12:39
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And this is probably a Song Sparrow fledgling.
1:21 pm
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Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: MaggiesMom on July 12, 2015, 06:49:06 PM
Bravo Wren - your HEART team has done another outstanding job - plus you got the next generation into the act!  That little sparrow sure is funny with his cockeyed head.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: linused on July 12, 2015, 08:23:45 PM
So sorry to hear that you had to rescue that eaglet. But that lucky eaglet had someone with knowledge watching over them.  Well done. 
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: Cawatcher on July 12, 2015, 09:54:49 PM
What a day or few day! Than You all that are HEART  :heart
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: Donnae on July 12, 2015, 10:53:32 PM
Great job by all involved... thank you!!!
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: winterwren on July 16, 2015, 10:33:22 PM
I re-checked this territory today. I could hear the remaining eaglet high in a tree but could not find him. It was mid-day, and nap time, I suppose. The guardian told me that he had seen him fly with his parents regularly this week.

There was a lot of restlessness in the territory, just as we've been seeing on the cam over here. Lots of fly-bys, calling, occasional chases but no serious conflict. All the outside eagles I saw flying by during the two hours I spent nearby were adults, and both local adults were engaged in patrols much of the time. The eaglet stayed hidden up in a tree somewhere.

The stiff breeze made for some spectacular flying.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: madrona on August 01, 2015, 09:59:04 AM
Things are looking good for the Lunar Rock eaglet, thanks to HEART, winterwren and booni for rescuing this eaglet, and Dawn for taking care of its transport to MARS (and thanks to MARS, of course).   Rescue story here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1601.msg166231#msg166231)

Yesterday Dawn and I visited MARS and inquired whether there was any news of this eaglet.  Luckily it was a quiet day there, and we were able to spend some time with Reg who filled us in on the eaglet's progress, and took us to the flight cage so we could get some pictures to show you.

She is looking quite 'filled out' after her emaciated state when rescued.  What a gorgeous eaglet:

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"Lunar" is in the small flight cage with an adult bald eagle, who is acting as foster mum, and another eaglet that fell from its nest and had so many shattered wing bones that it is unreleasable and will become an 'ambassador bird' for MARS.  The adult eagle came to MARS covered in oil on July 8, and has cleaned up nicely.  All three seemed calm and Reg said that they have all bonded well.  He said that when Lunar was first introduced to the other two, she (he thinks it might be female) immediately went to the adult female and appeared to almost hug her by wrapping a wing around her and pushing the other eaglet out of the way.

Below is Lunar on the left, with her two companions:

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And here she is with her foster mum:

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She will probably be going to North Island Wildlife soon, so that she can practise flying in their huge flight cage.  It is still early days to think of releasing her as there will not be much food around for a couple of months.

Note - After conferring with Dawn, we determined that the name of the adult eagle was not "Nootka" so I have removed that name from my earlier post here.  That eagle is now at NIWRA, I believe.  Lunar's foster mother's name escapes us, but she was rescued from Alert Bay, covered in oil and grime according to MARS FB.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on August 01, 2015, 10:13:51 AM

Wow, what a fabulous report, & such good news, thank you you two!  :heart
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: boodle317 on August 01, 2015, 11:22:47 AM
what a fantastic report!  Lunar looks wonderful!

I have a question though, about Lunar's stepmom.  If she came in because she was covered in oil, why now, that she is all clean is she still in care?
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: Rajame on August 01, 2015, 11:29:37 AM
There are no adequate words to thank HEART (aka Booni and Wren) and MARS for the care of these precious eagles. And a HUGE Thank You to you Madrona for bringing us more on the story.

:hearts
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2015, 09:23:33 AM
I have a question though, about Lunar's stepmom.  If she came in because she was covered in oil, why now, that she is all clean is she still in care?

boodle, here is a post on MARS*s facebook page from july 22 that hopefully answers your question.

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The oil covered eagle from Alert Bay is doing very well. She is now out in the flight pen and flies great. Daily spray baths should encourage preening to restore the waterproofing to her feathers... then she can go back home!
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: Cawatcher on August 02, 2015, 10:21:17 AM
This is the M.A.R.S. Story of the oiled  Eagle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmRM1Zq_1zc
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: boodle317 on August 02, 2015, 10:40:34 AM
boodle, here is a post on MARS*s facebook page from july 22 that hopefully answers your question.



ahhh !   Thank you, I didn't realize that the waterproofing required restoration..but of course, now, it makes perfect sense.

ETA:  TY for the video Cali
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 02, 2015, 05:54:10 PM
This is such a sweet story!  Thank You   :heart :heart
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2015, 05:12:54 PM
 :heart
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on August 04, 2015, 06:48:45 PM
 
Yesterday we were walking where the Belcarra & Lunar Rock territories meet.
i could hear an Eaglet for the longest time, calling, as we got closer & closer.
There was also an adult nearby, calling.
i finally spotted them when we came to the end of the road.
This Eaglet could well have been the sibling of the Eaglet wren & i captured, who is now at MARS.
So, good to see this sibling doing well, up in the Trees with their parent nearby.
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on August 11, 2015, 09:51:55 AM

Yesterday Reg called & left me an update about Lunar!
She has gained a kilo & a half & is now 4.58 kilos.
She was being shipped to Robin at North Island Wildlife Rescue Association for flight commissioning & will be held there til the Fish show up in the Rivers.
She will likely be released at Qualicum River once Fish start to come in the fall.
Maj was doing the delivering yesterday.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: madrona on August 11, 2015, 12:12:43 PM
Thanks for passing on this great news about Lunar, booni.  It's great when things work out well.

So now Lunar is transitioning from MARS' small flight cage to NIWRA'S huge one - and no doubt she will be with several other eagles.  What an adventure she is having!  And hopefully when there are fish around in the local rivers she will head out, healthy and prepared for her really big adventure into the wild!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: auroradawn on August 11, 2015, 01:21:51 PM
booni, that is just super news.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on October 04, 2015, 10:44:17 AM

Some really good news!

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Hi. Sandy here, from Mountainaire Avian Rescue. The baby eagle from Lunar Rocks on Hornby is coming back to MARS today. We plan to release her tomorrow:) Not 100% sure of location just yet. Definitely somewhere where there are lots of fish in the river. Reg thinks maybe Bear Creek Park. Its lovely. There will be photos for sure!
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: madrona on October 04, 2015, 01:34:35 PM
That is excellent news, booni.  I would have loved to attend this release, but the uncertainty of time and place makes it doubtful.  I do hope there are lots of photos.

ETA:  Bear Creek Nature Park (http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/3-strait-of-georgiaoyster-bay-area/bear-creek-nature-park/) looks to be a great place for a release.   

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For many years the Oyster River Enhancement Society (ORES) has operated a volunteer-run salmon hatchery that is now within the park, and extensive work has been done to improve salmon habitat in the area.
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: boonibarb on October 08, 2015, 08:12:01 PM

Rescued Eaglets release!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPHni8w4B6s
Title: Re: Lunar Rock nest - 2015 season
Post by: Donnae on October 08, 2015, 11:37:49 PM
Wonderful to see!!!!!!