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Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by elle » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:37 am

Welcome to the 2017-2018 thread for Metchosin, Westshore and Sooke are Bald Eagles.

This thread is for ground observations and pictures of Bald Eagle nests in the Westshore/Metchosin/Sooke areas which are located 30- 45 minutes west of Victoria.
There are several nests in this area that have been successful in raising young over the past 4 or 5 years.

Last year's thread can be viewed HERE
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:36 am

On Feb. 18th I visited my granddaughter who has lived in Metchosin since last August. While looking out the window at the pond at the back of the property, an immature eagle flew up from the pond area and landed in the tree right behind the house :woohoo: A few seconds later another one flew up from the pond area but flew right over the house. My granddaughter said they have seen eagles of all ages flying and perching in nearby trees. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me and didn't think to ask her to take a photo with her cell phone :( I think I'll be visiting them more often :thumlft:
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:39 am

My sister, who lives in the WestHills area in Langford, continues to see one adult eagle perched in a tree by Langford Lake when she goes for her walks. The nest they had a couple of years ago across the lake fell down. We'll be exploring the area when the weather gets a bit better :luck:
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:23 pm

I visited the Farhill Rd. nests today with a friend and both adults were perched in the nest tree. One was half hidden amongst the branches at the top left of the tree, the other one was on a branch above the nest.
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This is their alternate nest a short ways down the road.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:35 pm

The nest tree from a different vantage point on Duke Rd. Certainly looks like
the eagles have been snapping some of the lower branches off for their nest.
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The top of the nest tree taken from Albert Head Lagoon, a short distance away.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:37 am

Yesterday I saw the pair of eagles from the nest at Parry Bay, perched side by side watching the people and dogs on the beach.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:41 am

A friend saw 2 adult eagles at Witty's Lagoon on Wed. One was perched by the area where the older nests are and the other was perched by the nest near the park area calling.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by elle » Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:14 pm

That is wonderful news. Now that the weather has improved, we will be heading out that way in the coming week sometime.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by elle » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:13 am

We went to Witty's - Tower Point yesterday and could see an adult in the nest across the way and above the beach. It was 6 millions miles away but tried for a picture anyway. I will see if it is worth posting.
There were no eagles visible in the Farhill or Duke Rd nests.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by elle » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:42 pm

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Witty's Laggon Bald Eagle nest from Tower Point
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:46 pm

I did a tour of the Metchosin nests today with a friend. Both eagles were back and forth from the Farhill Road nest to Albert Head Lagoon area hunting. One flew over the lagoon with something in its talons, followed by 3 adults and an immature eagle. It was headed towards the nest so we went back to the nest and saw both adults in the nest tree. One was eating prey that looked like it might have been a rabbit.

When we arrived at Tower Point there was an eagle in the nest at Witty's Lagoon and several more soaring overhead. The one in the nest flew out and joined the others. They all appeared to be after something in the big field. It was quite exciting; we didn't know which way to look :ohmy: We spoke to a couple of ladies who said there were vultures, red-tails and eagles all in the area this morning.

I'll post some photos tomorrow.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:49 am

Farhill Road Eagles on Wed. Apr. 11th.

Nest on Farhill Rd.
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Juvenile chasing adult with prey over Albert Head Lagoon.
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2nd adult heading towards the Farhill Rd. nest.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:56 am

Farhill Rd. eagles cont'd.

Alternate nest on Park Rd.
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Female back at Farhill Rd. nest, taken from Farhill Rd.
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Male in Farhill Rd. nest tree with prey, taken from Duke Rd.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:03 pm

Farnill Rd. nest cont'd.

Male with prey in nest tree, taken from Duke Rd.
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Prey looked like a rabbit.
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Female flew from top of nest tree to lower branch, taken from Haystock Rd.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:08 pm

Farhill Rd. eagles cont'd. All of these photos taken from Haystock Rd.

Female landing on branch below male who was eating the prey.
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Female kept looking up at male but made no attempt to join him.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:35 pm

Witty's Lagoon Tues. Apr. 11th.

An adult sitting in the nest tree, taken from Tower Point.
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The eagle flies out to join its mate who was soaring over the lagoon.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:40 pm

Witty's Lagoon cont'd.

An adult landed in the tree closest to the path beside the big field at Tower Point.
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The adult flew off chasing other adults and an immature and came back to the same tree.
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Same adult flew off again and came back to the same tree.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by elle » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:53 pm

Went to Witty's Lagoon beach today and Tower Point. Saw one mature eagle perched in a tree overlooking the ocean. At one point we observed a fledgling circling in the thermals looking very confident. Nest appeared empty.
It was an overcast windy afternoon contrary to the weather forecast but it is still one of my absolute favourite places . I went prepared to swim and it was certainly warm enough but the wind and a snake in the water changed my mind. We will go again :)
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:50 pm

Snake :w00t:

One of my fellow WiTS monitors has been kept updated by the property owners and was told there were no eaglets this year in any of the nests in the area :dunno: She will check with the owners again next week.
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by elle » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:34 pm

Kay: The Duke Rd and Farhill Rd nests were also empty. Who knows where the young one we saw circling came from. It looked to be a fledgling but could have been a yearling. It was hard to see as so high up and the sky was hazy from the fires in Sooke :(

The lagoon end is an active snake crossing. I have seen snakes crossing from one side to the other many times. I am always on alert for them because they don't just swim on the surface where you can see them; they swim under water. ! So if you are also in for a swim...... it is creepy if ones goes by. They are harmless but like I said... creepy. :grlol; Forewarned. :%:
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Re: Metchosin , Westshore and Sooke Bald Eagles 2017-2018 Season

Post by elle » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:06 pm

A new thread for the upcoming 2018-2019 season has been started HERE

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