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Post by sassyk » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:44 pm

Welcome to the Saxe Pt. Park Eagles thread for the 2017/2018 season. This thread is for observations, photos, videos and discussion of the eagles who inhabit this nest in Saxe Pt. Park within the Municipality of Esquimalt. These eagles also spend time at the other end of Munro Street at Fleming Beach/Buxton Green and Macaulay Point. These eagles produced 2 eaglets this past season but sadly one passed away in the nest in early June. Please feel welcome to post your photos and observations of the Saxe Pt. Park eagles when you visit their nest area.

Info and photos of this eagle family can be found by clicking on the links in the next post.

Here is an article that was in the Victoria News weekly paper in 2008 about the Saxe Pt. Park nest.

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Sunday, 6/15/2008 2:28 pm
Victoria News > News > Urban eagles

Urban eagles
June 12, 2008

It’s not uncommon for eagles to go for years without producing any young; such is the case for eagle pairs in Victoria and Esquimalt.

While Victoria and Esquimalt have a single bald eagle nest each, neither mating pair that inhabit the nests have successfully reproduced since 2004.

There are many reasons why the birds, who share a nest with their life-long mate, wouldn’t have any eggs hatch. They might be too old or under nourished. Or there may be some human-made factor, such as pesticides damaging their eggs or nest disturbances.

Gwen Greenwood, volunteer coordinator for the Wildlife Trees Stewardship Program, said somebody would have to monitoring the nests quite closely to know the exact reason they haven’t been productive, and they’d rather not disturb the birds.

It’s not uncommon for eagles to go years without successful young, even when the eggs do hatch. Only 10 per cent of eaglets live past their first year.

There are plenty of eagles with babies in other municipalities, as the young chirp from three nests in Oak Bay and five in Saanich.

Greenwood said a lack of appropriate nesting trees is the reason the birds aren’t more common in Victoria and Esquimalt.

The current nests are in Beacon Hill Park and Saxe Point Park. Eagles are very territorial of their large hunting range, which stops several birds from building their 2,000 pound nests in the same area.

The birds are opportunistic carnivores, they eat fish and rodents, including rabbits and rats. They’ll also eat smaller birds, such as seagulls. Last summer the Beacon Hill Park eagles caused a stir when they attacked blue heron nests. Otherwise, they don’t cause much problem.

“They adapt pretty well to an urban setting,” explained Greenwood, who has been researching eagles in southern B.C. for eight years on behalf of the organization that helps protect eagle habitat.

When there isn’t enough hunting or nesting room for the birds or when human activity causes them to move, they will often fight over areas, sometimes to the death.

Wild ARC, a rehabilitation centre for wild animals run by the SPCA, aids injured eagles. In addition to helping birds that were injured fighting, the centre rescues eagles that have flown into buildings or towers, as well as young birds that fall from trees.

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Post by sassyk » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:56 pm

Links to previous years observations & photos of this nest:

2016/2017 Season
2015/2016 Season
2014/2015 Season
2013/2014 Season
2010-2013 Seasons


A view of the nest tree taken from the beach below.
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A view of the nest tree taken from the inside path.
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A view of the nest tree taken from the rock bluff on the other side of the beach. The branch on the right of the nest is a favourite perch for the adults, as well as the branches just above the nest. This photo was taken in July 2010 of the eaglet on the branch on the left of the nest.
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I have visited the park a few times since September and have seen only one eagle flying over the park on Oct. 3rd.

Both eagles were seen by elle sitting on the rock outcropping off shore sometime in early November. One eagle was eating a fish. See photo in the next post.
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Re: Saxe Pt. Park Eagles - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:33 am

Here is the picture I took of the Saxe Point Eagles in November 2017


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Post by sassyk » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:40 pm

I visited the Saxe Pt. Park nest today with a friend and found Mom perched in one of the trees beside the parking lot. These trees are a favourite perching area for the eagles. We did not see Dad anywhere :(
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Photo of their nest, taken from the inside path, shows new sticks have been added :woohoo:
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Post by elle » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:48 pm

An unexpected visit to Saxe Point this afternoon. Heard an eagle call while heading toward the nest but did not see an eagle in the nest or anywhere around the nest or park.
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Post by sassyk » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:15 pm

I visited the park this afternoon and didn't see or hear any eagles. However, as I was standing at the top of the path up to the rock bluff, and watching the nest diligently, I did see some movement close to the big branch on the right of the nest. I took photos from that vantage point, and also from the inside path. There definitely are more new sticks in the nest, so I'm keeping my :luck: there will be an eaglet or 2 to watch this season.

In this photo, taken from the inside path, I'm pretty sure I can see some white feathers between the nest sticks.
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Post by sassyk » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:22 pm

I went to the park this afternoon to see if the eagles were around the nest but didn't see or hear them. It was windy and cold so one of them could have been down in the nest. I'll have a close look at my photos later.

I can see some dark and white feathers through the nest sticks in my photos but no yellow beak.

Photo taken from the path above the beach. There are definitely
dark feathers showing through the nest sticks.
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Photo taken from the inside path.
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Photo taken from the trail up to the rock bluff.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:14 pm

I went to the park for awhile early this afternoon; I stayed longer than I had planned :roll: After many trips back and forth to the nest and up and down the paths, and not seeing any movement in the nest, I was going to leave. I stopped to talk with a fellow who said he has seen the eagles coming back and forth from the nest and one of them bringing in food. He said he saw one early this morning. Then I saw the parks workers and spoke to one of them who said she has seen them the few times she has been in the park but the regular park worker who is there most days has seen them nearly every day :roll: Off I went back to the rock bluff to take a few more photos. I didn't see anything moving in the nest and no 2nd eagle seen or heard but when I zoomed in on my photos I actually caught the end of a yellow beak :thumlft: So they definitely have eggs :woohoo:

Here is the one and only photo that shows part of the beak; right side of the broken branch in the middle of the photo.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:20 pm

I went to the park yesterday and discovered the male perched on the marker on the small rock outcropping offshore.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:26 pm

The male sat on the marker for quite a long time before flying towards the treed area on the other side of the park. I wandered up and down the trails but didn't see him. I heard the eagle in the nest calling and thought he might have gone to the nest. When I walked over to the nest area I did not see him or the female in the nest.
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After walking up and down the trails and the rock bluff several times, I finally saw a bit of movement in the nest. I was very happy to see a head through the nest sticks when I uploaded my photos.
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Post by elle » Mon May 14, 2018 5:40 pm

We went to Saxe Point today and we can confirm there is at least one eaglet in the nest. I could not get a clear picture unfortunately. We did witness a very long feeding session so perhaps there is more than one eaglet :)
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Post by sassyk » Wed May 23, 2018 9:01 am

Very good news to come home to :thumlft:
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Post by sassyk » Thu May 24, 2018 4:08 pm

I just got back from the park and was very happy to see not 1 but 2 eaglets in the nest :woohoo: One looked quite a bit bigger than the other and I'm hoping they both stay healthy. I'll post some photos later.
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Post by sassyk » Thu May 24, 2018 9:45 pm

First 2 photos of the eagles, taken today from the end of Constance Ave. across the bay.

Adults above the nest.
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2 eaglets in the nest.
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Adult above the nest, taken from the path to the rock bluff.
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Male on the side of the nest, taken from the rocks beside the beach.
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2 eaglets in nest, taken from the inside path.
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2 eaglets in nest, taken from the path to the rock bluff.
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Post by sassyk » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:10 pm

I spent some time at the park early this afternoon and saw one adult perched above the nest. It was quite windy by the water and the eaglets must have been lying down in the nest because I didn't see them from any vantage point. As I was coming out at the end of a path I looked up and saw an adult soaring around above the nest site. When I got back to the nest site the adult was gone. After walking around the park a few times I finally saw one of the eaglets up wandering around the nest. I thought I saw the 2nd eaglet behind the one in front but I'm not sure I captured it clearly in any of my photos. I went back later after I had been to Beacon Hill Park for awhile and the same adult was perched on the broken stick in front of the nest but I didn't see either of the eaglets. I'll post some photos later.
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Post by sassyk » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:02 pm

Some photos of the eagles today. Mom was perched above the nest.
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Later she was soaring over the nest area.
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Both eaglets are huddled together in the wind.
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Eaglet looking up at Mom perched above the nest.
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Looking over the side of the nest at the dog on the beach below.
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Post by sassyk » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:26 am

I spent a bit of time at the park yesterday afternoon on my way home from the west shore area. I didn't see the adults anywhere in the area but did see both eaglets up wandering around the nest. Caught a poop shoot on video :D It was another dull day but it didn't rain and there was no wind. While on the opposite side of the park watching some small sailboats racing, I spotted the male perched at the top of a tree down the road at the boat ramp. He sat there ducking from the crows who were dive-bombing him then flew off over the bay and out of sight. I'll post some photos soon.
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Post by sassyk » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:59 am

All of these photos were taken from the path up to the rock bluff. 2nd eaglet behind.
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Post by sassyk » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:01 am

2nd eaglet finally walked around to the other side of the nest then disappeared.
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This photo was taken from the inside path. These eaglets are quite big already.
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The adult down the road by the boat ramp.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:39 am

I spent a bit of time in the park late yesterday afternoon. I didn't see or hear either of the adults in the area but the 2 big eaglets were sitting up in the nest screeping softly. Probably waiting for their dinner :) All of these photos were taken from the path up to the rock bluff.
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Post by sassyk » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:18 pm

I spent some time at the park early this evening. I could hear the eaglets squealing in the nest but they didn't get up until I had been up to the rock bluff 3 times. I caught them preening and calling at the back of the nest as well. One adult flew across the bay with several gulls in pursuit but it kept right on going past the nest tree. I didn't see it again :( I'll post some photos of the eaglets tomorrow.
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Post by sassyk » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:51 am

Some photos of the eaglet taken last evening. The quality isn't good due to the glare from the sun :roll:

This one was taken from the path to the rock bluff, trying to avoid the glare.
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The next 2 were taken from the inside path, back of the nest.
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Post by sassyk » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:05 pm

I visited the park for a short while yesterday evening. It was very windy and I had a hard time keeping my camera still :roll: While I was on the inside path I briefly saw both eaglets spreading their wings but wasn't ready with my camera. I was up and down the inside path and the path up to the rock bluff and saw one eaglet jumping up and down and flapping its wings. I was worried that it was going to get blown off the nest :ohmy: I didn't see the 2nd eaglet and assumed it was lying down to stay out of the wind. One of the adults flew in over the bay being chased by gulls and kept on going right past the nest tree. A while later while I was down the road at the boat ramp one of the adults was flying around over the rock bluff then headed towards the park. When I went back for another look I didn't see it anywhere.

The first 2 photos were taken from the path up to the rock bluff.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:29 pm

I went to the park this evening and found out why I didn't see the 2nd eaglet last time I was there on Friday June 22nd. The fellow in the house at the end of Constance Ave. across the beach (the neighbour), told a few people who visit the park almost every day what happened one day last week. The female was perched in the nest being harassed by the crows when she ducked to avoid a dive-bombing crow and accidently knocked the eaglet off the nest. It fell and managed to land on a lower branch of the nest tree, not too far from the ground. The neighbour said he was going to call Wild ARC but 2 days later when the fellow I spoke to tonight returned to the park the eaglet was still perched on the same branch. I told him that WildARC probably wouldn't attempt a rescue unless the eaglet was on the ground and was vulnerable to predators. Another fellow said he was watching it every day and saw the female feeding it on the branch. Another lady I spoke to was at the park on the weekend with her dog and saw the eaglet sitting on the beach. She quickly leashed her dog and watched the eaglet trying to lift itself off the ground and get back up to the nest. She didn't do anything about reporting the downed eaglet. When I told her tonight that there were 2 eaglets in the nest she was very relieved. I'm very relieved that both eaglets are OK and also glad that I didn't know the eaglet was out of the nest or I probably wouldn't have gotten much sleep worrying about it. I will post some photos later; probably not until tomorrow night.
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Post by elle » Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:12 pm

Kay: That's amazing the eaglet was able to fly back to the nest from the ground. At the very least it would have had to fly to a branch and then make its way up from there. Either way, it is a feat and a half. It is also very interesting someone saw a parent feed the eaglet on a branch below the nest. We have always maintained this does not happen in order to encourage the eaglet back to the nest. Hunger is a great motivator.
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Post by sassyk » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:00 pm

elle after hearing about the eaglet's fall I was so relieved to see that it was in such good condition :woohoo: I'm very happy that the experience did end well :thumlft:


One of the adults was perched in a tree close to the nest tree with the crows harassing it.
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The eaglets were both calling.
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Post by sassyk » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:04 pm

The bigger eaglet was flapping its wings on the side of the nest.
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Then the other eaglet flapped its wings behind the branch.
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Post by sassyk » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:06 pm

More wing flapping by the bigger eaglet.
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This photo was taken from the back side of the nest, from the inside path.
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