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Helliwell Nest - 2019 season
« on: February 12, 2019, 07:06:51 PM »
This topic is about the eagle nests of Helliwell Park.
Here's Booni's description of the area from last year.

Okay, i say this about all the Nests, but this Nest is in a beautiful spot.
It is a Provincial Park with a lovely & well-visited walking trail.
A lot of the trail is through the woods, then you come out onto these gorgeous high cliffs that look towards Vancouver in the distance.
On the north side of the Park you look across at Texada Island.
Then there is Flora Island, with all sorts of interesting plants growing plus a huge assortment of Birds & water mammals.
From land or water, this is a beautiful place to visit.
Pretty much any time of year except late august & all september you can find Eagles here.
There is one Nest that you see from next to the trail in the woods, where you used to be able to see right in to what the Eagles were doing.
Then that Nest fell from use & one further inland near the old bent Maple was in use.
Then one year they went next door to private property to Nest.



Something quite different happened here last year: both nests were in use! The older one nearer the ocean, and the one near the big mossy maple.  Each nest had one eaglet.
Click here to find the thread from last year. From the first posting you can access the previous year.

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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2019 season
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2019, 08:01:32 PM »
As the salmon runs taper off in mid-winter, Helliwell Park often becomes a gathering area for eagles in search of food. The large population of sea lions on and around Flora Islet means that there are often sea lion carcasses for the eagles to feed on.

This was the case earlier this month; one small area was reported to have around 30 eagles taking turns at the easy feed.

Yesterday, I took a walk around the park, my first one in a long time. Few people had been around, and from the big meadow onwards, my tracks were the first ones of the day in the new snow.

The K'˛moks Nation's pole looks even better, nestled in the snowy forest.

February 11,  2:15 pm



Out by the bluffs, two eagles zoom by, level with my feet, cruising along the cliffs.
Then on a tree bent by a lifetime of storm winds, two more eagles...
2:25 pm



I get closer and can see more details...
Full crop.
And look at that whitish bloom on her beak... It's something we see during herring season.






Here's the other eagle, the one on top.






Right after I passed by this tree, I saw 3 eagles flying in from way out to sea, all on the same line. Some feeding was happening, way out there, further than I could see.

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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2019 season
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2019, 08:49:49 PM »
Beautiful photo of the totem in the snow, wren.     :eclove
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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2019 season
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 09:13:03 PM »
Thanks, Tigerlady!

Closer to St. John's Point, two more eagles in a tree. Youngsters this time.

February 11, 2:40 pm



It's not so obvious that these two have eaten.







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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2019 season
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 09:23:35 PM »
Now here's a well populated tree...

By now we are near where the sea lion carcass was reported... but that was weeks ago now.
We're past St John's Point, from which I counted 12 eagles on Flora Islet.

February 11, 3:03 pm



The two that I can see have full crops. Here's the nearest one.
3:04



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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2019 season
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2019, 09:32:49 PM »
From that spot, I always look carefully. It's at the top of a little hill and eagles often perch on some of the shorter trees below, just about eye level.
Scanning through the branches... Sure enough...

Hello there.

February 11, 3:03 pm (click to enlarge, do!)



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Re: Helliwell Nest - 2019 season
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2019, 08:07:31 AM »
Wow what a beautiful day and series Winterwren!