Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

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Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:42 pm

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 Eagle Nesting Season

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The Surrey Reserve and Nest:

The Surrey Reserve bald eagle nest was built in late August 2018 to replace one that fell down a couple of years ago. It is located in the first bald eagle reserve in British Columbia, land set aside by an agreement between the city of Surrey and developers Dawson & Sawyer to guarantee space for eagles to nest while adjacent land was cleared for a housing development (read the full story here).

The Reserve is on the southern edge of the city of Surrey, in close proximity to the Semiahmoo Bay eagle fishing habitat and not that far from the home of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. It is now surrounded by townhomes but the nest itself is about 90 feet above the ground in a cottonwood tree, nestled amongst the trees included on the Reserve.

The Nest Tree
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Semiahmoo Bay eagle fishing habitat
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Map of Surrey Reserve area - The X is approximately where the nest is.
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Map Courtesy of the City of Surrey Online Mapping System,
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The Cameras:

There are two powerful pan-tilt-zoom cams in place to watch the nest, one overhead and the other in a tree about 35 feet away that allows us to see the eagles come and go from the nest. Both have sound and night vision (not visible to the eagles).

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:43 pm

2019-2020 Season Notable Dates:

Adults returned:

Eggs laid:

Eggs hatched:

Eaglets named:

First branched:

Fledged:

Eaglets last seen:

Adults last seen:


Useful LInks:
Surrey Reserve Cams
2018-2019 Discussion Thread
Fall 2019 Cam Cleaning
Reports and Photos from Ground Observers
Surrey Reserve History and Information
Background article about the nest and the cam
Hancock Wildlife forum member's DICTION-AERIE
Surrey Weather Now



Nest Adoptions for 2019/2020 are now available!

In the 2020 nesting season (September 2019-August 2020) this nest has been adopted by:

~ gemini
~ JudyB
~ Parkland Burnaby Refinery
~ Barb Fitzsimmons and Robert Meyer


Previous Year's Adoptions

2013 - 2019

You too can honor your favorite fine feathered family
and support the work of Hancock Wildlife by adopting
HWF nest of your choice.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:06 pm

IDing The Eagles:

The resident pair, aptly named Res (the female) and Sur (the male) are not easy to tell apart. However, each has his/her own distinctive traits, some permanent and some possibly only temporary, that
help to identify which eagle we are looking at.

Permanent Differences:

Res (on the left) is bigger than Sur (click 2x)
Res bigger than Sur.jpg

The black dots on the iris are permanent (Res on left) (click 2x)
Res's right eye - Sur's left eye.jpg

We hope to get scaps of their other eye this season.


Other differences:

NOTE: Keeping in mind that any feathering differences can disappear as feathers are molted, here are some of the differences noted during the past season. With any luck at all at least one, if not all, will be there when they return from migration.


Res (on the left) has has white feathering and less yellow skin around the eyes; Sur has some dark feathers and more yellow skin around the eyes giving the eye area a darker appearance; (click 2x)
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:39 pm

Other differences (cont'd)

NOTE: Keeping in mind that any feathering differences can disappear as feathers are molted, here are some of the differences noted during the past season. With any luck at all at least one, if not all, will be there when they return from migration.



Sur's neckline (on the left) is more ragged and has one or two wayward feathers below the neckline; Res has a more rounded collar and a little tuft of feathers that sometimes seems to stick up on the top of her head, which appears as a shadow or gray spot at times.
Sur ragged collar, Res more even collar.jpg

Sur (right) has a black mark on the lower right corner of his tail. Res has no markings. (Click 2x)
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Sur (on the left) has black spots on his upper tail; Res has little to no markings (click 2x)
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Res has one more telling difference - a white stripe at the base of each wing that is sometimes visible when they are folded.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:02 pm

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:16 pm

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

And so it begins .......
The start of the 2019-2020 eagle nesting season at the Surrey reserve!
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:54 pm

Peeking in before I go to bed and the stick is not there
6:48p
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From the DVR
6:14 pm Eagle poking in the nest
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Looking over the nest ?? Res Welcome back Res :love:
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:58 pm

6:14p
Working in the nest
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6:15pm
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:01 pm

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More poking in the nest
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6:16pmLooking over the nest
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:04 pm

Moved up in the nest
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She is looking great
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6:16p
She is leaving
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:17 pm

Out of sequence
Res flew in
6:13pm \
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6:14pm She takes the stick
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:20 pm

Cont
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Has the stick and leaves also .. and paced it on the top nest rail or so it seemed
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:23 pm

7:22o
Quiet at the empty nest
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Goodnight everyone ! So excited to see Res :thumlft:
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:43 pm

Wonderful news - thank you so much, Bev!

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:50 pm

JudyB wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:43 pm
Wonderful news - thank you so much, Bev!

You are welcome Judy .. :hug: and goodnight !
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by nightowl » Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:57 pm

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:15 am

Good Morning SR , Judy ,gemini and everyone and thanks nightowl for starting the day here and thanks gemini for moving all the posts and for all your work on this new thread .

Weather Report
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5:14a
Windy at the empty nest
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:25 am

6:22 a
Nest is empty and I thought I heard an eagle in the distance
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:14 am

7:11a
Peeking in and nest is empty
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I checked the DVR and no nest visits that I saw
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:44 am

Good morning, and thanks for checking in and posting the weather, Bev!

I had the North cam up on my iPad from about 5:30 - 7:00 am and also didn't see anyone.

I'm not going to be online much through the weekend - Charlie's performing at a maritime festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and I'm planning to tag along and enjoy the music. Not sure who plans the timing for these festivals - I think I was at a different one this spring during hatch watch - but happily knowing exactly when the eagles return isn't crucial, though it helps us schedule maintenance on the cams.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:05 am

9 am
I've had the cam up since my last post and haven't seen anyone, though I occasionally had other windows full-screen so could have missed a quick visit if they were quiet; I did check the dvr and didn't see anything.

I looked at the pictures - so glad you got those, Bev! I'm 99% sure it's not Dad Sur - the eyes look wrong for him, and you got a good upper tail view, and I didn't see any dark spots. I'm not sure if it's Mom Res - I didn't see the light stripes on the feathers, but we often don't. And I don't know that a visitor would take the time to put the stick on the edge of the nest where it belongs. :love: So probably her.

Bev, did you notice any issue with her leg? I don't really expect we'll see a problem, but she might still be favoring it a bit.

Time for lunch and packing - I'll check in when I can. :bye 1:

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:54 am

JudyB wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:05 am
9 am
I've had the cam up since my last post and haven't seen anyone, though I occasionally had other windows full-screen so could have missed a quick visit if they were quiet; I did check the dvr and didn't see anything.

I looked at the pictures - so glad you got those, Bev! I'm 99% sure it's not Dad Sur - the eyes look wrong for him, and you got a good upper tail view, and I didn't see any dark spots. I'm not sure if it's Mom Res - I didn't see the light stripes on the feathers, but we often don't. And I don't know that a visitor would take the time to put the stick on the edge of the nest where it belongs. :love: So probably her.

Bev, did you notice any issue with her leg? I don't really expect we'll see a problem, but she might still be favoring it a bit.

Time for lunch and packing - I'll check in when I can. :bye 1:
Hi Judy .. I didn't see an issue with her leg ..I forgot to mention she / he was using both well .... and enjoy your weekend ..happy your are going :hug:

Looking at my scaps again... I notice this lille black mark on the tail feathers
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I seem to remember one of them had that :chin: if it wasn't Res or Sur ... this eagle was very comfy on this nest :) having said I have seen visitors on other nests that were the same .. like making the nest their own LOL

There were eagles on the flats at H Mills yesterday .. they are slowly returning from up north :)

I will do my best to peek in here when I can.. busy weekend for me . :) It is a beautiful day here and I am out .. BBL :bye 1:
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:28 am

Well, our first eagle visit of the season! I, too, am wondering if this is Res but pretty sure it isn't Sur - those eyes are definitely not his! There were several differences between this eagle and the Res we saw leave - first as Judy said, no white strips on the wings, the tail is very pointed and Res's was quite blunt, and some how the collar and her? shape isn't quite right. This eagle seems slimmer than I remember Res to be!

Having said all that, there could have been a feather molt while she was away which could account for the discrepancies and she could have lost some weight or the new feathers make her look sleeker and the upper tail is quite free from spots.

Anyway, here's a video of the visit if we want to study it more when we have the time.

:vid: Res? returns from migration!
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Post by IrishEyes » Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:03 pm

Thanks for the video gemini.. you and Judy are experts here and maybe it was a visitor ..I don't know ..

2:58pm
Windy at the empty nest
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I didn't check the DVR.. have to start dinner here
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Post by IrishEyes » Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:17 pm

5:14p
Windy at the empty nest
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I did check the DVR back to my last post and I didn't hear or see an eagle/

I am out now ..

Goodnight SR , Judy , gemini and all who watch this nest... :grhug:


Have a wonderful time Judy :huggie:
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Post by nightowl » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:57 pm

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Post by IrishEyes » Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:08 am

Good Early Morning SR and everyone and thanks nighowl for starting the day here :grhug:


Weather Report
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2:59a
Windy at times on the empty nest
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The nest looks the same as last night and I checked the DVR back to my last post and no eagles were heard or seen.

3:11 am
Full Screen of the nest for comparison
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:51 pm

Hi again

2:46p
The nest looks the same to me
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I checked the DVR back to my last post and I didn't see an eagle..
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