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Delta2 2019 -2020 Observation and Discussion Thread

Post by Jean » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:42 pm

DELTA 2: 2019 - 2020 OBSERVATION AND DISCUSSION


The nest tree.

July, 2019 (photos by Jean)
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History of the Nest.


There have been eagles in this territory in Delta, British Columbia, not far from the Tsawwassen Ferry, since at least the late 1990s. They initially took over and rebuilt a red tail hawk nest, then nested on high tension power poles for a few years, then moved back to the nest in 2010 and successfully raised two eaglets. A camera was installed for 2011.

There are other eagle pairs nesting nearby – and the cameras are powerful enough, and the “zoomers” who control them are skilled enough, that we can not only see the resident pair perched on towers guarding their territory – we can sometimes see the neighbours on a further pole, near where the territories meet.


2011.........2 eaglets raised.........Oreo and Jet. Oreo fell or was blown from the nest and was rescued and taken to O.W.L. as he couldn't be safely returned to the nest. Jet fledged.

2012..........2 eaglets raised..........Goldwing and Linux. Goldwing did not survive and Linux needed some rescue help from OWL but did fledge afterwards.

2013........2 eggs laid, but only one hatched.........Tux. Tux fledged successfully.

2014.......Feb, 8, 2014...........Ma severely injured her left leg, possibly broke it. Ma still laid 2 eggs that year and 2 eaglets did fledge.........Ariel and Hunter.

2015..........2 eggs laid..........none hatched as our adults were frequently off the nest.......something likely disturbed them that year..........A summer storm happened overnight on August 28th/29th, 2015 while our adults were away on their migration. It completely snapped the nest tree and the nest fell to the ground. A starter nest was built in the tree we had been calling the Barn Tree. This nest was accepted by Ma and Pa when they returned from their migration and life carried on using the newly constructed nest.

2016..........2 eggs laid.....both hatched.............Ace and Pippin. Sadly, Pippin did not make it and passed away. Ace successfully fledged.

2017..........2 eaglets raised........Spirit and Jewel. Both fledged successfully.

2018........Sad turn of events this year. Pa went missing on June 1, 2018 and was not seen after that. Ma struggled with other adult and sub adult eagles to maintain control of her nest which had 2 chicks on it at this time. When Pa disappeared they were just over 7 weeks old. They were Dusk and Dawn. Both eaglets did fledge successfully as Ma befriended a male during this time. This male became known as Trooper.

2019........Trooper returned in the Fall to become the new male on the nest, Ma's mate. They raised 2 eaglets, Bella and Coola. Both did well with a successful fledge for them both.


Link to last year's Discussion Thread.........2018 to 2019:
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Link to Nest Summary for 2018 to 2019:
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Link to cam cleaning.........Aug. 20, 2019:
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Link to the cams:
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These cams are located in Delta, BC, Canada which is in the Pacific Time Zone.
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Re: Delta2 2019 -2020 Observation and Discussion Thread

Post by Jean » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:21 pm

Timeline 2019 - 2020

Eagles return: Trooper on the evergreen tree at 6:28pm on Sept. 28th. He came to the nest afterwards.
Ma seen on the poles Sept. 29th..........she came to the nest with Trooper on Sept. 30th. am.


Eggs Laid


Chicks hatched:


First Branching:


Fledge Dates:


Adults last seen:
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Post by Jean » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:29 pm

Nest Adoptions for 2019 - 2020


This Nest has been Adopted By:

~ Jacki Hatfield and Bruce Goodwin ~
~ Sandy_W ~
~ Yolande A. Proctor ~
~ Alice and Richard Currie ~
~ Jean ~
~ JudyB ~
~ Pat B


Previous Adopters Wall of Honor
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Re: Delta2 2019 -2020 Observation and Discussion Thread

Post by Jean » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:39 pm

How to identify our adults..................Ma.


Eye dots are one permanent marker to ID an eagle. They do not change.
Ma's eye dots are very difficult to see.
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Ma has ridges on her beak, (Trooper has some too) but they are a bit more noticeable than the ridges on Trooper's beak.
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Post by Jean » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:40 pm

How to identify our adults.............Trooper.

Trooper has a long white collar feather that hangs down which is noticeable particularly when standing in this position with his head turned to the left.
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When bending down we often see a noticeable white back collar feather which is longer than the rest of the collar.
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This season (2018 to 2019)a notch was noticed on Trooper's right side wing feather.........it was a larger notch than the one Ma had. But Ma's notch has changed now (Oct. 2019) and it is larger than Trooper's notch now (see more s'caps below).
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Post by Jean » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:40 pm

How to identify our adults.............Comparing Ma with Trooper.


Ma has a front collar notch.......Trooper has a back collar notch (not always visible).
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Right wings on both: Visible last season.....feathers do molt however.
Trooper's notch on the left.......smaller than Ma's.........with a slender slit above the main notch.
Ma's notch has widened this year.........very "squarish" on one side..........larger than Trooper's notch now.

Trooper....................................Ma.
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Back collars........Trooper's edge is a rougher looking zig zag in shape.......Ma has a finer edge to her collar at the back.
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Re: Delta2 2019 -2020 Observation and Discussion Thread

Post by Jean » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:41 pm

How to identify our adults.................Tails.

Trooper's tail is tattered looking at the tips of the feathers.......Ma's is much neater and compact.

Inside/underneath view.
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Top/outside view.
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In general............

Collars change over time and with the wind and conditions of the moment. But their collars are distinct, and look different from each other on many occasions.

Ma has eye dots...........Trooper does not.

Trooper's tail often seems to have a tattered look with fringes at the tips of his feathers there.

Ma may occasionally limp, especially during nesting season. But her previous injury has healed well and most of the time we don't see the limp at all.

Generally speaking the male is smaller than the female. The female usually has broader shoulders (like a linebacker). David says this is so the female can properly support the male on her for a successful mating.
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Re: Delta2 2019 -2020 Observation and Discussion Thread

Post by Jean » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:41 pm

Neighbouring eagle nests.


There are 3 other nests (neighbours) that can be seen with our cams. What we see in any of those nests (whether they are located on a tower or in a tree) often depends upon the weather conditions at the time because they are so far away and also depends on how many leaves are blocking our view once leaves from on the branches of all the trees. Bright sunlight is favorable for viewing them and with our area experiencing lots of cloud, rain and fog at times............it is often difficult or impossible to see them. And as they are in the distance any view we get it small. To make it easier to identify these 3 locations it has been decided to give each of these nests a name. This makes for easier posting and better recognition of which nest is being commented on. There is one more nest called the Bluff nest which at times can be barely located with our cams.........it is not close enough to see any details of consequence.

1. The Tower nest............home of the tower eagles. This is the closest neighbor to Ma and Trooper. The tower they nest on is located to the right of Ma and Trooper's nest. It is very easy to see from both our WEST and EAST cams.

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2. The Field nest............home of the field eagles. If one looks to the left of the distant evergreen, into the distance they can see a tall tower there. In the past we've seen adults perched there and it is believed they nest in that tower although we rarely get a glimpse of them there. Most of the time we can only see this from the EAST cam.

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3. The Bay nest...........home of the bay eagles. This is the most recent nest found.........located in a tree towards Boundary Bay. Two adults were seen perched in this tree together. This nest can only be seen using the WEST cam.

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Re: Delta2 2019 -2020 Observation and Discussion Thread

Post by Jean » Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:45 pm

September 30, 2019.

MA AND TROOPER ARE BOTH HOME NOW...............This is the beginning of the observations for 2019 to 2020.

Eagles return: Trooper was seen on the evergreen tree at 6:28pm on Sept. 28th, 2019. He came to the nest afterwards.
Ma was seen on the poles Sept. 29th, 2019..........she came to the nest with Trooper on Sept. 30th. am.
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Re: Delta2 2019 -2020 Observation and Discussion Thread

Post by Jean » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:17 am

10:17am............Trooper remains in the tree while Ma watches from the pole.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:18 am

10:16 am Thanks so much, Jean, for setting up the new thread for this nesting season. Trooper is in the nest tree and Ma is at the center pole this morning. A great way to start the day.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:21 am

10:20 am Trooper doing some preening.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:32 am

10:30 am Trooper flies from the nest tree and lands at the first pole.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:33 am

10:32 am Ma still perched at the center pole.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:35 am

10:33 am one of the tower eagles is at home on their tower.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:43 am

10:41 am Ma flies down from the pole to inside the center tower. Can barely see her in there but she is there.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:44 am

10:32 am Ma inside the center tower.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:46 am

10:45 am Trooper still at the first pole.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:02 am

11:01 am no changes as Trooper is at the first pole and Ma inside the center tower.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:19 am

11:17 am looks like condensation has formed on the west cam. It makes it look foggy out toward the center tower where Ma is perched.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:26 am

11:25 am Ma still in the center tower and Trooper at the first pole. The wind seems to be picking up.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:44 am

11:43 am no change as Ma is still inside the center tower and Trooper on the first pole. The west cam has cleared with the condensation.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:58 am

11:49 am Trooper flies off the first pole and joins Ma at the center tower.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:00 pm

11:53 am Ma announced his arrival with what looked like vocals. She then flies off to the right after a couple of minutes. And I lost her.
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:05 pm

12:02 pm well now I am looking and wondering if I am seeing both Ma and Trooper inside the center tower. I am not sure. She may have flew back in while I was looking for her and had this cam off the tower. Tried to go to the rollback on the east cam but didn't see if this happened or not. Hmmmm?
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:12 pm

12:05 am well I was wrong. Only Trooper was in the center tower. He flew off downward just like Ma did. So they must be on the hunt for food.
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Well, I made a trip around to the poles and towers, plus evergreens and didn't see Ma or Trooper. 12:15 pm logging off both cams. Hope everyone has a nice afternoon. If anyone sees any activity in the nest, please share observations.
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Re: Delta2 2019 -2020 Observation and Discussion Thread

Post by RoseA » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:00 pm

I don't know what is wrong but every time I go to the https://hancockwildlife.org/delta-2-cams/ page, the cams :vid: (both views) just spin. This has been going on for awhile now, like weeks. It doesn't matter if I'm using Firefox or Chrome, the problem is the same, I do not get a live view on that page. :(
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