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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2011, 09:29:56 PM »
We have eagle pairs moving inland too, I'm thinking a couple reasons...lots of eagles....development.... They also seem to be nesting by creeks & small rivulets, there's a pair in Whiskey Creek which is quite far inland another by French Creek in Coombs.  Another pair in Errington. Puzzling.

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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2011, 10:53:43 PM »
There must be eagles in many places in North America that live near rivers and lakes, rather than the ocean.  Doug said they like to drink and bathe in fresh water, if they have the chance.  I've seen videos of eagles bathing in fresh water and it's easy to see that they really are enjoying it!    :eclove
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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2011, 03:19:42 AM »
Of course, when i get free i will visit  to the Other Nests of Hornby Island.

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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2011, 12:44:30 PM »
Booni and Wren,

You have not posted observations this year on Nest #15 at Tralee Point. This was where HEART rescued young Decker last August. Is anything happening there?

Decker captured our hearts.


FREEDOM FOR DECKER



Decker in the NIWRA flight pen


Decker, the Hornby eaglet, will be ready to be released in three or four weeks!

It has been a long road to recovery for Decker. He has grown new tail feathers to replace those missing when he was found in a malnourished condition on Hornby Island last August.

The Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society (HEGPS) is sponsoring this fundraiser in recognition of the long care that North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA) has given Decker.

He will be released in the name of HEGPS and Friends. NIWRA would be happy to have any of us present when they free Decker. They will invite us to meet them at the chosen place, somewhere between the NIWRCentre and Hornby - but not on Hornby. They will choose a site that is within Decker's natural territory and a time when weather conditions are favourable for him. Food sources will be plentiful then and this year's babies out of the nest.

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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #34 on: May 30, 2011, 02:36:10 PM »


Blue, we haven't yet found a spot from which we can see Decker's home, the Lunar Rock nest. It is well hidden in thick forest. We don't even know for sure if there has been a nesting attempt in this territory... though Booni did hear some territorial calls from that area.

Checking this nest is on my to-do list, but I'm waiting until the eaglets are more easily heard from the ground. We will find them by sound if nothing else...

The shore there is very beautiful, and it's well worth returning to just for that beauty.

Thanks for posting the news about Decker's release... this is really wonderful.

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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #35 on: May 30, 2011, 03:34:01 PM »
Thanks, Wren! I will look forward to any observations you post. I should have known you wouldn't overlook Decker's nest. I haven't followed closely enough to know the name is changed and you do have a topic for it.

Sure hope you will be able to attend Decker's release.  :nod2
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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #36 on: May 30, 2011, 03:40:03 PM »
I wonder how Decker found his way to the deck of the home where he was found?  Good thing he did and now we'll enjoy seeing him fly freely, as he was meant to do, thanks to our H.E.A.R.T. team, the tree climbers, MARS, NIWRA, and all the other people who helped and chatters and viewers who contributed to his care.    :thumbup:

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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #37 on: May 31, 2011, 10:27:30 PM »
The house where Decker found refuge is the closest to the nest, and right next to the shore. He may even have glided that far - he was capable of horizontal flight, he just could not gain elevation. The people there gave him food, so he stuck around. It's possible that he spent some of his nights hidden under the house's deck - he took refuge there when Booni and I approached to capture him.

For further info on Decker's home territory, the Lunar Rock nest,  click here. - a good place to post further discussion about Decker as well?

To see the full story of Decker's entrance into our lives, click this link to last year's archives.



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how many Hornby Island eaglets - 2011 Season
« Reply #38 on: July 08, 2011, 09:45:36 PM »
How many eaglets have you and Wren identified this year?

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how many Hornby Island eaglets - 2011 Season
« Reply #39 on: July 08, 2011, 10:04:09 PM »

Nest #4 - 1
Nest #6/7 - 2
Webcam Nest #10 - 2
Wiig Nest - 1
Lunar Rocks Nest - 1 at least
Nest #16-19 - 1 so far
Nest #20 - 2
Nest #21 - 1 so far
Nest #22 - 1 so far
Nest #24 - 1
Nest #25 - 1 at least
Dunlop Nest - 2
Nest #32 - 2

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how many Hornby Island eaglets - 2011 Season
« Reply #40 on: July 08, 2011, 10:14:44 PM »
Booni, that number of eaglets, plus the two in Nest # 10, "our eaglets, is a nice total for Hornby Island this year!  :thumbup:   Thank you for the information.  
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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #41 on: July 13, 2011, 07:55:18 PM »
(I'm reserving this spot for more stats from the 2009-2010 season, before I move on to information from this year)

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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #42 on: July 13, 2011, 08:23:03 PM »
Here's what I know about the eagle pairs that are regularly fed by their human neighbours. I hope I'm not betraying any big secrets by posting this; humans have always fed their neighbourhood eagles. Predators and scavengers have this kind of relationship; humans are predators, and eagles are, in part, scavengers. This is just a part of the effort to track how much food has been available to our eagles this season.

Shingle Spit nest receives fresh salmon scraps from a small commercial smoked-salmon business about twice a week. One family also puts their animal and fish scraps on the beach for the eagles. Transient eagles seem to sniff out those feedings and it's common to see a dozen eagles there. But the Shingle Spit pair do seem to get their share each time. The feeding is surprisingly orderly; there are few fights. Once in a while an immature gets feisty, but otherwise everyone seems to take a turn.

Phipps Point and Nest #4 are fed fish heads, together, by one of the neighbours. Here too things seem to proceed in an orderly manner. Nest #4's big dogfish carcass of last week did not come from this neighbour, however. So someone else is leaving fish scraps for nest #4, though we do not know how regularly. Another neighbour of the Phipps Point nest participates in the opossum trapping program and leaves all the dead possums to the eagles.

The pair from nest #5, or nest #8 (we don't know which one is occupied, both trees are in thick forest on private land) receive fish heads from a nearby fisherman regularly.

Nests #8 and 9 are nearest the Highways Department's gravel pit, where the workers leave all road-killed animals for the eagles and vultures.

The neighbours of Nest 21 feed their eagles salmon or deer meat, especially this year because they are concerned with food supplies.

The Nest 32 eagles have learned to glean the fish heads from the fishing dock at Ford Cove. They have been seen diving right after some salmon heads that had already sunk a few feet below the water. We're talking sports fishing here, so not huge quantities, but probably a good steady supply.

Nobody is feeding the Nest 36 eagles on purpose, but a lot of chickens disappear from the surrounding farms; looks like those eagles have become chicken specialists. The depredations on upper Slade road may also be from these eagles.

It is interesting to note that, despite regular feedings by humans, the Shingle Spit and Phipps Point eagles did not have any eaglets this year. So this points out the possibility that the autumn salmon runs might be a large deciding factor in nest productivity.


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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #43 on: July 13, 2011, 08:38:26 PM »
Thank you Wren for your research on the feeding of the nests and the time you spend sharing the information with us.

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Re: Welcome to the Other Nests of Hornby Island (includes Map)
« Reply #44 on: July 14, 2011, 05:03:00 AM »
This will be interesting to follow and correlate with future information. Thank you for looking at this aspect from other sources.

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