Chaster Beach Eagle Nest on the Strait of Georgia, Gibsons BC on the Sunshine Coast 2018-19

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Chaster Beach Eagle Nest on the Strait of Georgia, Gibsons BC on the Sunshine Coast 2018-19

Post by stim » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:56 pm

Welcome to this nest site. The nest tree is on private property on Chaster Beach on the Strait of Georgia in Gibsons, BC. There is a claim out there that it is 400 years old.
Just follow Gower Point Rd out of Gibsons until you drive onto Beach Esplanade. The nest tree is upside of the road about 2/3 of the way along The Esplanade.
This is a well established nest, over 25 years old according to people who live there. Apparently the tree is 400 years old.
We've been following nest activity here since 2011. Please feel free to submit pictures, or just drop in to say hi and tell us of any eagle activity you see if you visit this nest site.
We fledged 2 youngsters late in the season last year, fledges not confirmed until Aug. 5.

History:

2011 not being used
2012 July, 2 eaglets seen fledged
2013 2 eaglets seen Prince & Abby
2014 Jan 5 one adult seen. Eaglets ? I met a neighbour who lives nearby who told me that the young are heard in the morning and evening.
2015 1 eaglet, 1 seen after fledging
2016 2 eaglets Pico and Elusive fledged
2017 1 eaglet seen flying on or around July 20
2018 2 eaglets confirmed fledged Aug 5, still there August 16, both heard talking to each other but not seen.

Pa is banded. Every year since 2011 we get confirmation he has returned by sighting the band and one day we hope to get the number for David H to check a bit of Pa's history.

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Post by stim » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:04 pm

I was very happy to find who seemed to be Ma and Pa both home and looking after their territory Oct 16. Pa perched in a tree midway to the nest, across from the parking area. I think there is the hint of his band on his right ankle. :luck: Enlarge photo by clicking on it x 2.
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This appeared to be Ma bent over looking at me near the parking at entrance to the park.
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Welcome back you 2!

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Post by stim » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:04 pm

I finally got back down to check on our eagle couple Sunday, March 10. One eagle was high in the tree they like to perch in by the first parking area. No other eagles to be seen nor heard. I'm not sure which one I saw.
The nest looks like it survived the winter winds hitting it smack off the Strait of Georgia. :thumlft:
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Post by stim » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:54 pm

A return here on April 4 may have found some evidence of brooding, some white seen in the nest. Otherwise no eagles seen nor heard. I could hear a sea lion or seal barking at the far end of the beach though, could not see it.
Picture taken from mid way parking spot. No white head seen.
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This picture was taken far down the road on the opposite side of the nest tree.
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And this one was taken from just beyond the mailboxes. I see white in the nest, hope for a brooding adult. :luck:
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Post by stim » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:36 pm

My return to the nest yesterday did not reveal an adult in any of the perch trees nor on the beach. I could not see a head in the nest until zooming in on these pictures, trying from a distance on both sides of the nest. The first picture I got upset me thinking it looked like a bit of tree branch has fallen into the nest. Also what looks like a wing pointing upward. Finding a head sitting high from the other side of the nest, pics taken between the nest tree and midway parking, reassured me but I would like to see both adults!
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Post by Mushka » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:10 pm

I was walking our dog along OBE on the 23rd and noticed an eagle on the beach eating, turned out it was Pa ! I took some pictures from the road and couldn't really see what he was eating though there were several crows loitering around hoping for some leftovers. I continued on with the walk and after returning to the vehicle drove to the nest tree and took a few pictures from the up side near the mail boxes and could see a head peeking up above the nest. I can see what you're talking about Sandra, your picture does show what looks like a tree branch, I have some other pictures that I'll look through to see if the same thing shows up in them, but they will be from the 23rd.

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Pa on the beach eating
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This picture was taken about an half hour after the ones above, I don't know who is in the nest, Pa had flown off heading towards the nest tree as I was walking but I couldn't see if there was a change of shift.

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Post by stim » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:05 am

That certainly does look like we have had a bit of a tree branch fall into the nest. Hopefully we still have 2 adults doing what needs to be done with the chicks. Obviously one of them is trying.
No digits visible on Pa's band. I was so hopeful when I saw the angle you got. They appear to be worn away. Thanks Karen.
By the way, the house sharing this address is an air B&B. I looked up it's online profile and they claim the tree is 400 years old. I guess a limb can be forgiven for falling every now and then. Just not in nesting season!

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Post by stim » Sat May 04, 2019 1:49 pm

I was back to check on the nest again on Sunday April 28. First down to the beach. No sign of an eagle nor fallen debris in the nest. Next on the road just beyond the Love Shack. I could not see any tree tops missing. Debris in the nest has been moved somehow? No sign of brooding but I did see an eagle land in the nest from the distance I was standing. I did not see an eagle departure.

Tree top.
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Debris moved to our left somehow.
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Taken from the front of the nest. No eagles seen. No eagles heard my time there.
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Post by stim » Sun May 12, 2019 5:00 pm

I returned to this nest to find the nest debris moved again, now visible from the front of the nest. First picture taken from almost as far back as the mid way parking area.
From the back side of the nest I was hoping to find a couple of grey heads looking over the edge but instead found Pa on nest duty. Almost as good! Not complaining at all. :thumlft: He looks to be rather confined between the tree and edge of nest but likely has more room than it would appear to us from the ground.
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Post by stim » Mon May 13, 2019 4:22 pm

A friend emailed me this morning with news that there was a lot of tree cut back, limb removal going on near this nest. On approaching the nest I saw 2 eagles soaring in circles above like they can do when threatened. Electric saw sounds were very apparent just 2 houses down from the nest tree. Once parked I found an eagle in the nest thankfully but look at the white head feathers all fluffed up. I have never seen this before. Looks like a British wig the judges and lawyers can be seen wearing on TV shows. Is this a sign of duress?
I was quite a length back from the tree, have zoomed in quite a way. If you click x2 on the pic it enlarges to show the feathers looking kind of kinky, curly.
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Post by Mushka » Thu May 16, 2019 8:19 pm

Hopefully the tree cutting and limbing hasn't disturbed the Chaster couple too much Sandra, I was down that way with our dog this afternoon and did a check on the nest from the mailboxes, could see an adult in the nest (on the right hand side) looking out towards the water. Fingers crossed all is well.

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Post by stim » Fri May 17, 2019 8:58 am

Thank you for this reassurance Karen. I was thinking I should add a trip down to the nest among my other plans for today but now I can rest assured that the nest is being tended. When the young man assured me it was a 1 day job I hoped they would stay around. I like how the head feathers on the adult in the nest are are all smoothed down again. :thumlft:

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Post by Mushka » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:04 pm

Had a quick stop at the nest this afternoon while I was at Chaster Park / Bonniebrook with our dog, saw one adult on the perch branch beside the nest and then movement in the nest ! It helped that it was windy so the branches were moving out of the way while I took some pictures. I cropped this picture in close and it's pretty grainy but shows two eaglets in the nest :)

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Adult on the perch branch nest to the nest
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If you look to the right hand side of the nest there are two fuzzy chicks

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Post by stim » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:52 am

Well done Karen, getting a shot of what looks to be 2 possible eaglets again this year. :woohoo: The feather growth on the heads looks to be again, behind what I'm seeing on nest cams and at the Marsh nest. Their fledging will likely be late again this year and we most likely have the same female here as in the past few years.

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Post by Mushka » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:38 pm

Had a quick visit to the nest yesterday, was a bit overcast so dark looking into the nest, the picture is pretty grainy but it does look again like there are two youngsters in there.

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Post by stim » Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:17 pm

Yep, 2 for sure! Well done Karen! Sorry I haven't been out to our nests much this season. Thank you for the sharing you are doing. :grhug:

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Post by Mushka » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:13 pm

No problem stopping in Sandra, I'm by that way fairly regularly with our dog and can stop by Larsen on the way home. Did a quick check in yesterday and saw both eaglets, now looking quite large, and one adult. Again it was dark looking into the nest due to overcast weather so pictures are very grainy.

One of the eaglets seems to prefer standing over to the right side of the nest looking out, while the other seems to spend more time in the nest. Then again, they may change positions regularly so are both spending equal amounts of time standing looking out. There was a bit of calling going on while I was there, both by at least one eaglet and the adult. The other adult didn't appear while I was there but I wasn't there for long.

Karen H

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One adult perched beside the nest, one youngster standing looking out and the other in the nest
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Cropped in closely to show both eaglets in the nest

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Post by stim » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:25 am

These eaglets are quite cooperative with you lately! Great shots and description of what is going on. :hug:

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Post by Marg » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:12 pm

Thanks for the pictures of the 2 eaglets Karen and reports. :D :rh:
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Post by Mushka » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:28 pm

Thank you Sandra and Marg! I've visited the nest a few times since my last posting, but things appear to be the same each time, usually one eaglet on the outside right of the nest and one in the middle :-)

I'm sure they change positions and are doing some wing exercising during the day, just not at the times I'm there. So far haven't seen an eaglet venture out onto a branch yet either. It's usually late afternoon when I'm in the area with our dog so will try and visit earlier in the day when there may be more activity.

Here is a picture from yesterday.

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Post by stim » Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:34 am

Thank you for the update and photo Karen. I don't know what the kids look at off to our left like that but I've seen them staring out to our left like that before. Definitely 2! They just may be still around when we get home, late fledges that they are here. :huggie:

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Post by Mushka » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:52 pm

A quick check in at the nest this afternoon showed one youngster perched on a branch :-) And the second eaglet in the nest looking out.

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Post by stim » Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:07 pm

Thanks Karen!

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Post by Mushka » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:56 pm

Nothing much had changed when I stopped by yesterday, I think they are waiting for you Sandra :-)

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Post by stim » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:05 am

Awww, I like that Karen. I honestly believed they would still be around when I next get down there. Looks like that could be a reality! See you soon I hope. :grhug:

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Post by stim » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:49 am

I'm back from our month away to find no sign of eagles nor eaglets. Not visually, not calling for food. From the front on approach it appears the nest is gone. From the back side the greenery has grown up preventing a visual of any possible nesting material, at least from where I was standing. I was so busy looking up for our eaglets, not realizing that my photos would show the nest's absence, that I was not checking the ground! I guess another visit is in store! :ohmy:
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I was so hopeful of seeing fledglings on my return!

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Post by stim » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:26 pm

I got down to the nest area again today, scoured the beach for eaglets. Not a sign of them anywhere for me. No calling, no beach combing, neither seen in trees. Very sad with this nest falling happening.

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Post by Mushka » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:45 pm

Sorry, I didn't read your updates until this afternoon Sandra, otherwise I would have mentioned yesterday that I had been by the nest yesterday and had seen two adults perched in trees along OBE (closer to the nest end) and one eaglet in the nest, looking at the nest from the mailboxes. I was also down that way again earlier this afternoon with our dog and again saw an eaglet in the nest and this time an adult perched on the curved branch beside the nest.

When I came home and read your posts I went back down to try and locate the second eaglet, who I assumed was the one that had been perching on the branch outside of the nest lately and may have fledged already.

The second visit today was much the same as the first, there was an eaglet visible in the nest (or what is left of it) from the mailbox side and an adult still perched on the curved branch. Zooming in on the picture of the adult there appears to be a band on the right leg (Pa), but I'm not 100% sure. I walked down along the beach and was able to locate the second eaglet perched on a branch outside of the nest, on the front side. The nest does appear to have collapsed but from the beach side looking up it looks like there are still quite a few twigs / branches lodged in the nest area, maybe what the eaglet "in the nest" is standing on ?

While I was there, two people - one being Angela - told me that one of the eaglets had been seen flying :-)

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Eaglet standing in the 'nest' area and adult perched on the curved branch. Picture taken from by the mailboxes
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Second eaglet perched on branch outside of the nest, picture taken from the beach
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Post by stim » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:04 am

Awesome Karen, such great news! Literally there was no sign of eagles at all while I was down there recently. I wanted to get to the beach to check on the nest but knew it would be too much of an endeavour for me to even try. I'm so glad Pa is staying around late in the season as he has in past years, with these 2 late bloomers. I could suggest that one in the nest doesn't mean it hasn't left. Adults will often deliver food to the nest for fledglings to fly in and get. That could be why I didn't see an eaglet.
I think your pic of Pa does show his band. As for the other adult, Ma normally leaves the area leaving Pa to deal with fledglings on his own. The other adult could possibly be her changing her pattern of behaviour or perhaps Pa looked like a nice catch with a nest and youngsters to a female passing through? :D
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