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Offline boonibarb

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Nest Heron Rocks
« on: July 18, 2010, 09:08:23 PM »
Nest #31 used to be at Olsen Farm in 2009.
They had two lovely eaglets there.
But this year, i see no signs of it there.
But a nest was reported to Doug, at the Heron Rocks campsite, which is right next door.
i believe the Olsen Farm adults have built a new nest right in the middle of the busy Heron Rocks campsite.
It is busy there this time of year.
Lots of people camp there.
If i were to camp on Hornby, i would camp here.
It has a beautiful location, right on the water.
It has excellent fishing opportunities, & beautiful sunsets.

Here is Doug*s map, which shows you the approximate location of the nest.
You can see Heron Rocks marked on the map.
Nest #31 is now closer to nest #32.



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Re: Nest #31 - Heron Rocks - 2010
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2010, 09:13:50 PM »

i was on my way to Ford Cove today, so made a list of the five nests i would pass, so that i could check them all out.
Heron Rocks is LOVELY!!!
You drive in slow for quite a ways.
Then you have to check in with the caretakers, park your car, & walk in.
i set off with my camera.
It wasn*t long before i could hear the cry of an adult!
Feet, move me FASTER!!!
i found the adult, a beautiful female.
Then i could hear an eaglet!
They were a fledging eaglet, in a tree, behind the Mum, screeping away!
The Dad landed next to them & they were mantling!
Then Dad flew off, & the young one flew off to my left.
So i went looking for them.
Someone pointed them out to me, a good ways from the parent, in what i believe is the nest tree, though i never did see the nest.
What i saw made me grin from ear to ear, & cry with sorrow at the same time.

 july 18 2010 14:01 - Nest #31 Heron Rocks - Fledgling eaglet!
You can hear the adult of this nest, & the eaglets at the next nest, Nest #32 Ford Cove!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8Def7_aIXw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8Def7_aIXw</a>
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Re: Nest #31 - Heron Rocks - 2010
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2010, 09:58:21 PM »
I had been waiting to see my first eaglet fledge and was so close to having it be Phoenix.  Seeing this video takes some of the emptiness away and will be watching and waiting for next year.  Thanks for your great pictures and I look forward to your posts and seeing you in the chat.
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Re: Nest #31 - Heron Rocks - 2010
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2010, 10:34:24 PM »
Nice....good timing Booni. :biggrin3

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Re: Nest #31 - Heron Rocks - 2010
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2010, 04:18:33 PM »
Oh booni:

Such mixed emotions.  Your video so makes me think of our dear Phoenix  :mcry   but it also makes me feel so happy for this little eaglet that is ready to start a most exciting part of her life.   :ecsmile

With more tears and also some good feelings...

Thanks booni..

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Re: Nest Heron Rocks
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2010, 08:08:17 PM »


i take it back!
The Heron Rocks Nest is NOT the new home of Nest #31, Olsen Farm.
From what i can tell, this is a new Nest.
& Nest #31 Olsen Farm is still on Olsen Farm, only in a new location.
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Re: Nest Heron Rocks
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2010, 08:18:16 PM »
It is hard to keep up with these eagles, booni.   :chuckle

Some eagles have two nests; some get blown down or the tree is damaged or falls; and some make new nests.  
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We still have a moment to listen.

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Re: Nest Heron Rocks
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2010, 11:32:13 PM »
Last Tuesday, August 3, I walked the beach from Ford Cove to Heron Rocks and to within view of Olsen Farm. As soon as I approached Heron Rocks, I heard loud screeps from the eaglet there. I took a pile of pictures, but the eaglet was learning to multitask I guess... preening and screeping at the same time... and each time I pressed the shutter button that little screeper had his head out of view! But here at least is a picture that will allow someone walking on the beach to spot that perch tree in the future... it is the highest tree in the photo. You can also see some to the beautiful rock formations on the shore.


The picture is also of interest as a memory-aid because the nest tree might be in the background, just to the right of that perch tree. There is a huge fir with a broken top, just hidden from view... It's a very good candidate. I have to return and check when the place isn't full of campers.

Soon I saw one adult land in a different tree, off the picture to the right. Then another one. It was easy to tell Mom Heron Rocks from Dad... the size difference is obvious. I wonder if they each have their favourite spot on this perch, just like Mom and Dad Hornby on the Peter's tree?
Mom Heron Rocks(below) and Dad Heron Rocks(above)... Preening time for the whole family!



After this, I walked on to within view of Olsen's Farm... I scanned the area :binocs but couldn't find a nest. Then I heard some calls. Two adults flew into view, calling loudly, and they settled themselves into a copse of firs, just a short distance back from the shore. Meanwhile Mom and Dad Heron Rocks were still peacefully sitting on their perch, so I have to conclude that there is another territory on Olsen Farm. Booni is right: the Olsen Farm eagles may indeed have moved, but not to Heron Rocks. They are still somewhere on that huge farm. I did not hear any screeps from that area, but then I didn't stay very long. The plot thickens!

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Re: Nest Heron Rocks
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2010, 12:00:15 AM »
Beautiful pics wren and interesting story-- boy you and Booni will soon have all the eagles  and nests on Hornby accounted for. Great work and we will wait for more details on your finds. Love hearing about them!!!  Thank you.

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Re: Nest Heron Rocks
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2010, 07:28:41 AM »
Wonderful photos and decriptions.  I really enjoy reading them.
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