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Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« on: October 25, 2012, 08:12:43 PM »
This is the topic for the Phipps Point Nest, where we can post fotos, videos & discussion of this Nest.
Last season i heard from someone who lives nearby who watches this Nest, that there is another Nest in this territory, almost right next to this one!
We*ll have to try to find out more about this new Nest, that i have never seen.
 
 
 
Click here to read about last season in this Nesting territory.
In the first post of last season, you will find links to the previous seasons as well.

 
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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 12:13:34 AM »
The first report I got this year about the return of the Phipps Point eagles was on October 12; the eagles may actually have been around before then. This was before the Shingle Spit eagles returned, and before Mom and Dad Hornby were confirmed as being home.

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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 10:25:35 PM »

We were down at Phipps Point on a sunny day & spotted a huge flock of Ducks out on the water there.
Turned out it was Surf Scoters.
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Under the video screen, click the YouTube button & when the video opens up in a new window, click the cog button & choose 1080p HD , then click the large screen size to see better clearer detail.
Watch how the Scoters all disappear, one after the other, then re-appear one after the other!
 
october 23 2012 12:24 - Surf Scoters!  
 
october 23 2012 12:24 - Surf Scoters!
 
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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012, 10:34:08 AM »

The male Surf Scoters are black, with a white patch on the backs of their necks & on their forehead, & bizarre orange bills.
The females are brown with two white patches on their heads.
The females & males seem to group together.
There are also two Black Scoters in there, look for them, they are all black with a more yellowy orange bill.
 
october 23 12:22 2012 - Scoters
 





 
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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2013, 09:22:16 AM »
 
So, i was in the neighbourhood of Phipp*s Point, checking out all the hydro poles there when i spotted this adult on the Nest!
i don*t know for sure, but this pose, to me, looks like there is at least one Eaglet on the Nest.
 
may 10 2013 11:19 - Phipps Point adult
 




i went down to the beach & walked along to see if i could spot this Nest from the beach, but i never did find it.
i had also been told that there was another nesting pair along here, but i am wondering if it wasn*t this Nest that they were thinking was another Nest?
i spotted this in the distance & took a foto to figure out what it was.
Looks like a wrecked ship, or maybe a cement sort of ramp & a wrecked ship?



i was a bit worried that this Nest was missing a partner til i spotted this adult on the beach right in front of the Nest!



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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2013, 09:30:14 AM »
 
Here she is on the Nest from another angle, calling out.
Look at the lovely Arbutus Tree blossoming below her!
 
may 10 2013 11:27 - Phipps Point adult
 


Here she is again, a bit later.

may 10 2013 11:32 - Phipps Point adult




 
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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2013, 06:49:17 PM »
Beautiful pictures booni!  Miigwetch for posting
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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013, 01:15:59 AM »



i spotted this in the distance & took a foto to figure out what it was.
Looks like a wrecked ship, or maybe a cement sort of ramp & a wrecked ship?




Last summer, a yellow sailboat got wrecked on the rocks just north of Phipps Point. After a few days i couldn't see the wreck anymore and was thinking (hoping) that it had been towed away. Looks like this could be the remains of it.

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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2013, 01:18:09 AM »
Phipps Point nest, April 27.
An adult is feeding very small morsels to Someone!




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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2013, 02:19:30 AM »
Phipps Point nest, May 10.
From the sounds she made, I'm guessing this is Mom.

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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2013, 02:30:30 AM »
Two days ago, on June 23, I briefly stopped by this nest on my way home from work. I didn't see anyone, but I heard some squeeing sounds coming from the nest. This confirmed what I had suspected from Mom Phipps's behaviour: there is at least one eaglet in this nest.

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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2013, 05:09:14 AM »


Hip Hip Hooray!!!

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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2013, 08:44:17 PM »
I checked this nest yesterday morning and confirmed that there is one eaglet on this nest, already branching. Photos will follow.

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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2013, 07:12:30 PM »


Awesome!
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Re: Phipps Point Nest - 2012 - 2013 Season
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2013, 09:37:45 AM »
 
It was a work day & when i checked my phone messages i*d gotten one right after the other reporting a Seal in distress at Phipp*s Point.
i assumed this was a Seal pup.
i had to work for another two hours, but the tide was out & i was hoping it would still be out & the Seal would still be beached there after work.
i went down there & parked as soon as i could, & right away i could hear a pup mewling, such a distinctive sound & very loud & close to the parking lot.
i took my camera & went to where i saw people standing & looking, right next to the old cement ferry dock there.
The pup was calling from the water!
Darn, the tide had come in & she was swimming & calling now.
i watched her for an hour, from the dock, trying to get a foto to document the condition she was in.
She would come up for air & take a peek, then disappear under the water again.
This happened quickly, making it very difficult to get a foto of her.
Every time she popped up again, she was somewhere different, but she was staying right in the bay next to the dock, close to where she*d been beached.
i finally lost sight of her so went home & reported to the Saltspring Seal rescue center.
i figured she was okay, since she was swimming around & not beached any more, but not so!
It was explained to me that a mother Seal would never have left her pup next to people like that.
This is a very people beach.
So this was very likely an orphan.
Something had probably scared her into the water, & now she would swim & swim until she was too weak to swim any more.
She was likely thin, lacking fat from mother*s milk, so would also get cold easily from the water.
My heart sank.
i was told to go back & look again, which i did.
The tide was way in & there were lots of people there, drunk people throwing sticks off the dock for their dogs to fetch, people just hanging out on a lovely evening.
i looked & looked for her but had not even a glimpse.
i talked to everyone i knew there, explaining what happened & asking them to look out for her & call me if they saw her.
Next morning, first thing, even before coffee, gasp, i went down & looked for her again.
Again the tide was in & there was no sign of her.
i feared the worst & kept on top of my answering machine messages, hoping someone would call me again if they saw her.
Three days later, i was working out in my garden, & came in the house to check the answering machine.
i*d gotten a call from the Seal Center, & i was needed urgently!
The pup had been spotted again.
i called back & was told i*d be called back.
Meantime i loaded the car & got ready to go.
i waited half an hour, anxious to get going, then finally i used the pager #.
Turns out wren was already on the way with her kayak!
Yay!
Could this be the same pup?
i sure hoped so.
This is the best foto i got of her that first day.

july 27 2013 18:09 - Fathom the Seal Pup



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