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Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:49:53 PM »

This is the topic for the Ford Cove nest and its neighbourhood and all the critters therein.

Nest 32 is very old and perched atop a small sandstone bluff near Ford Cove harbour. In 2013 the eagles moved to a different nest, a few hundred feet further inland. They used that new nest again in 2014, but in 2015 they returned to their old site in that huge conical fir tree that we can see from the beach. They had two eaglets there.
In 2016 the territory was occupied but by mid-July I could see no sign that the nest itself was occupied. I never heard any eaglet sounds in the area. It is possible that this pair took a break last year.
In 2017 the eagles left Nest 32 again and built in a completely new location, on the tall bluffs above the other side of the harbour. They had one eaglet who fledged successfully.
In 2018 they used that same nest again, but halfway through the season I found the nest collapsed and nobody around.

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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2018, 08:00:46 PM »
This morning I did my monthly bird survey on the Ford Cove trail.
Just outside my area, inside the harbour, I saw this eagle through the trees.
That eagle's crop is huge, and in the poor light I could see a vague shape of a prey, but I must warn you that it looks a little bit gruesome on the photos. A bird, seems like: on the later photos we see feathers.

Click the pictures to enlarge them if you're okay with seeing a slightly bloody scene.
Ford Cove harbour, November 13, 10:45 am











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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 07:58:17 PM »
Piles of gulls in Ford Cove yesterday!
December 2, 11 am


Mostly Mew Gulls and Glaucous-winged and Iceland/Thayer's in the foreground, but the last rows at the back have a Bonaparte's look to them...
They were all picking small translucent things from the surface. The surface was alive with critters too small or too translucent for me to see, as if it was raining.




Sneaking closer, slowly so that nobody flies away... A stretch of shore where the little critters are raining out of the water but nobody is eating them.






The critters are way up to the edge of the water...
Krill!
They're so dense, I can scoop them up in my hand. They're only about 1 cm long, but feel surprisingly stiff, not floppy as you would expect such a transparent creature to be.
Here I tried photographing them over various parts of the bottom, in only a few cm of water, to get a good contrast.
Here a maple leaf that was on the bottom serves as my background...


Here we see them against some oyster shells - click to enlarge, they look very shrimp-like in this one. 



I tried scooping some of them in an oyster shell and photographing that, but they're so translucent, they almost disappear, except for their black googly eyes.




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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2018, 08:16:27 PM »
By the time I finish my photo session with the krill, I'm starting to see more Bonaparte's Gulls among the locals.
The Bonapartes are the tiny dainty ones with the dark bill. The next larger ones, with a small unmarked yellow bill, are Mew Gulls. The larger ones with red dots on the bill are mostly Glaucous-winged (grey wingtips) and Thayer's, now called Iceland Gulls. These are the ones with dark wing tips with the conspicuous white polka dots.

Ford Cove, December 2, 11:15


The Bonaparte's Gulls usually come by in September, with the main migrations. Later in the year they're not so common here, unless something draws them over. In late October last year we had another visit by the krill and it drew tens of thousands of Bonapartes here.

This seems to have been a miniature of that event. I launched a kayak and found that the whole cove was full of krill, from scattered ones to great big clouds, some boiling at the surface, some deeper down.
Outside the harbour were more flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls, but they kept moving around.

Closer views of those elegant little gulls...








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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2018, 09:05:59 PM »
Paddling out of the cove to check for krill elsewhere... Out there the gull flocks were highly mobile, and the water too rippled for me to see what was below.
I did encounter this nice eagle...
And looking more closely at the photos, I can see a beak injury that has healed over... This must be Dad Ford Cove.
Click on this photo to see the scarred area on his beak.
December 2, 12:00


The other side looks fine (it always did) and I don't know if the dark colour of the nare has anything to do with that injury.



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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2018, 04:10:35 AM »
Your incredibly detailed photos are very interesting and informative Wren. When combined with your detailed observations, they are always the next best thing to being there.  Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 10:44:56 AM »
 
It was a lovely warm sunny day & we went down to Ford Cove to enjoy it.
As we walked down the ramp, i spotted this beautiful Great Blue Heron on the shore.
 
january 23 2019 14:03 - Great Blue Heron
 


Preening their stupendous feathers.
 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2019, 10:55:12 AM »
 
Having a good head scratch.
i LOVE seeing the orange undersides of their toes!
 
january 23 2019 14:04 - Great Blue Heron
 

 


We carried on down the end of the long dock finger to the left & sat in the Sun.
Some water Birds were coming & going & i kept trying to get good fotos of them

january 23 2019 14:05 - female Harlequin Duck
 


About to dive.
This one was hard to get.
He*d come up, i*d just start to focus.
He*d dive.
Look at his lovely reflection in the calm Water.

january 23 2019 14:09 - male Bufflehead
 


This one was tough to get too!
For the same reason.

january 23 2019 14:14 - Horned Grebe
 

 
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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2019, 11:00:17 AM »
 
As we arrived, the Eagle pair here was flying around, close to each other.
One went to land up behind the store, this one landed close to where their Nest Tree was last season.
They were a long ways away, & the fotos of them aren*t very sharp, but the setting is lovely with all the red fir cones.
There were other Eagles flying way up over the escarpment, catching the breeze.
 
january 23 2019 14:25 - adult Eagle
 

 

 


Yay!
A not too bad foto of one of the Grebes!

january 23 2019 14:32 - Horned Grebe
 

 

 
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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2019, 06:22:38 PM »
 
cali was here for a visit & we went down to Ford Cove to see if there was any Herring Spawn action.

march 13 2018 15:26 - Mallard Drake




 






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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2019, 06:27:31 PM »
 
march 13 2018 15:29 - Mew Gull




 






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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2019, 06:29:13 PM »
 
march 13 2018 15:47 - Song Sparrow




 




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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2019, 01:54:46 AM »
 :whistle that mallard is one handsome dude! :nod2 I love his bow tie. :eclove

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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2019, 06:36:19 AM »
great captures! love the orange of and light on the grebes ye

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Re: Ford Cove nest - 2018-19 season
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2019, 07:16:02 PM »
 
Down on the dock, noticing the lovely reflections in the calm water.
 
march 18 2019 18:16 - Trees reflected in Water
 

 

 

 
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