French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2022 & 2023 Seasons

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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by Brenda » Mon Dec 27, 2021 9:54 am

Camera appears to be down?

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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by JudyB » Mon Dec 27, 2021 3:50 pm

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Camera appears to be down?
I think so, Brenda - we're not currently able to reach it remotely. I'll put in a message to the folks nearer French Creek to see if they will be able to take a look.

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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by nightowl » Tue Dec 28, 2021 12:09 am

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2021

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2021

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2021

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2021

JANUARY 1, 2022

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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by gemini » Fri Jan 28, 2022 3:56 pm

Denise Foster received some amazing photos from local photographer, Marnee Pearce, who captured images of a Bald eagle at the French Creek estuary that caught a fish and then was chased by a seagull. Marnee lives quite close to the French Creek estuary and enjoys watching and photographing wildlife there.

Thank you Denise and Marnee!




And the chase is on!
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by gemini » Fri Jan 28, 2022 3:58 pm

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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by IrishEyes » Fri Jan 28, 2022 7:58 pm

WOW! Thank you gemini for posting the pictures here .......... they are amazing !

Thank you to Denise Foster for sending them to you and to Marlee Pearce for capturing them :ty:
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by gemini » Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:07 am

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022

Good morning to all French Creek followers!

Yesterday we received wonderful news re the French Creek nest and we are happy to post the following email and video ......

Courtesy of Denise Foster: Chair, Save Estuary Land Society


"I'm thrilled to confirm that our French Creek eagle pair have two chicks in the nest they built last year at the Marina!!

On April 27th we observed what appeared to be an adult feeding young (in the video I sent you earlier). After that there were only sightings of one or both of the adults in the nest or perched in the tree.

Perhaps due to the horrible, lashing rain and wicked winds we've experienced the chicks were hunkered down and possibly protected by an adult deep in the nest and out of sight. As David mentioned, their nests are always so much deeper than they appear to be when seen from down on the ground.

It's so wonderful to see this pair with two healthy chicks!"


:vid: French Creek Eaglets enjoying the day!
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by IrishEyes » Fri Jun 17, 2022 8:49 am

Wonderful News and thank you gemini for posting it here .Thank You Denise Foster was sending it to us.. Great video also !
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by gemini » Thu Jun 23, 2022 5:53 pm

David Hancock interview tonight at 6:00 pm on TV.


Here is a link for those who don't get Global News at 6:00 pm:

https://globalnews.ca/bc/videos/program ... r-at-6-bc/
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by gemini » Fri Jun 24, 2022 3:20 am

Another video of the French Creek eaglets from Denise Foster: Chair, Save Estuary Land Society. The "not so little any more" eaglets showing off to each other while learning their flying skills!

:vid: Watch Me!!
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by JudyB » Mon Aug 15, 2022 4:09 pm

2022 Cam Maintenance
Matching Drive

Hi everyone!

It's certainly been an unusual nesting season - but one thing remains the same:

We need your help so we can be prepared to see what happens next.

The first $1000 in donations toward our cam maintenance fund drive will be matched by long-time supporters of Hancock Wildlife - so the time to donate is now!

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I may take a bit of a look back in another post - but now I'd like to look ahead to our plans and hopes for next year - and how you can help us get there. :thumlft:

While we all miss Dad Trooper at Delta 2, I'm looking forward to watching Ma Delta teach DM (Delta Male) how to be a good mate and with luck a good dad to the little chicks we hope to see them raise together in the new nest we'll be building for them, with big thanks to everyone who donated to our GoFundMe drive.

The French Creek eagles raised two chicks in 2022 - though they didn't use the nest with the cam and, even if they had, the cam went offline before the nesting season got underway. Ever the optimist, I'm hoping we'll be able to get the cam streaming again, and at the very least see the adults and maybe next year's fledglings visit the nest with a cam - and just maybe they'll decide it's time for a change and move to the nest with the cam!

Mom Dimple and Dad Duffer finally produced eggs in 2022 after three years together at Harrison Mills, but were disrupted by an intruder during the incubation. I really want to see them raising little chicks next year - and I think it will happen, and very much hope that we'll be able to replace the cams that are no longer working so we'll be able to see them raise their first chicks together.

A young pair of eagles took over the Surrey Reserve nest for the 2022 season, and weren't ready to nest then, but I think they are now - and we're looking forward to watching SM and SF (Surrey Male and Surrey Female) learn how to raise the tiny chicks we hope they will have. This is the only nest that doesn't need major work - but it would be nice to get the cams cleaned - and to do the preventive maintenance needed to make sure they keep working.

The White Rock pair had a sad year in 2022, losing their chicks when they were a little more than six weeks old - and I'm hoping we'll be able to see them come back with another successful season (they've successfully fledged 14 young eagles so far). One of the cameras at the nest they appear to be preparing for next year is in danger of falling after one of the straps holding it broke, so we are hoping to be able to fix that quickly.

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The screenshot above is Ma Delta feeding her tiny eaglets in 2019 - and I would love to have five pictures like this, one from each of our nests, at this time next year. :love:

Naturally, the eagles will have a say in that - but we need to get functioning cams securely fastened at as many nests as possible in the month or so while the eagles are generally away in search of salmon.

We'll be posting additional information about the work we'd like to do at the various nests soon, but we really do need donations now so we can start reserving lifts and scheduling climbers and hopefully buying a few new cams. And remember - the first $1000 in donations will be matched - so if you adopt a nest for $250, HWF will receive $500!

We've tried to answer some of the common questions about donating here - All About Donating - and please feel free to PM me if you have other questions or concerns.
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by JudyB » Sat Aug 20, 2022 10:17 am

2022 Cam Maintenance
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Thanks to all who have donated - we are already up to $3000! And that doesn't include the $1000 matching pledge, which should arrive in a day or so. And I've heard of at least three more nest adoptions that are in the works. :D

We already have 12 adoptions for 2023 - 3 for Delta 2, 3 for White Rock, 2 for Surrey Reserve, one each for Harrison Mills and French Creek, and two for the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. (The SWFEC donations are towards the expenses of maintaining the forum where screenshots, observations, and video links are stored; we are not involved with the maintenance of the cams there.)


As you may know, the camera at French Creek stopped working in late December; we are hoping to get it streaming again - and hoping that this pair or another pair will use the nest.

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They are a handsome pair of eagles in a beautiful area - if you can, please help.

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We've tried to answer some of the common questions about donating here - All About Donating - and please feel free to PM me if you have other questions or concerns.

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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2021-2022

Post by JudyB » Fri Aug 26, 2022 7:41 am

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2022 Cam Maintenance
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Hi everyone!

First, before I forget - if you've been meaning to send in a donation to help us get our cams ready for the coming season - you're in luck! We still have a ways to go - and here's a link to our donations page:

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If you have made a donation - thank you so much! We've raised almost $5000, which will be a big help as we rush to clean the cams and do routine (and some non-routine) maintenance at our nest sites.

If you're a bit curious what this is about - here's a quick summary:
  • one of the two straps holding the CloseUp cam over our White Rock nest has broken; we want to get a team with a lift to the nest to secure the cam and also clean it and the North cam in a neighboring tree
  • one of the cameras at our Harrison Mills nest has stopped working and the other has been going offline for weeks at a time; we want to repair or replace the cam that has stopped working, and possibly replace the cam that works intermittently, and also check the onsite wiring in case that's a factor in the outages
  • the cam at the French Creek nest stopped working in December; it's a new cam, so we're hoping it's something simple like a loose wire that could be fixed while the eagles are away
  • the Surrey Reserve cams need cleaning; we are very happy that it appears that is all they need this year - but we do want someone to check the cams to make sure nothing is beginning to give way
  • the tree holding our Delta 2 nest is dying and branches are beginning to fall off (including one that was holding one of the two cameras there); happily our GoFundMe campaign and a few private donations will cover the installation of a new sturdy nest on a pole and two new cameras, but there will almost certainly be a few things that were not included in the original estimate.
And - we're under a deadline. The eagles may begin to return as early as mid-September, so we want all the work to be completed by September 15th.

One way to help is to adopt one or more of our nests for next year with a donation of $250 or more per nest - and we are thrilled that we already have 19 nest adoptions for the 2022-2023 nesting season! Thank you!

Another thing that helps us all year long is our monthly donor program - those donations help with the monthly expenses for things like the server that hosts this forum, as well as a fairly substantial internet bill.

And if you're thinking that you'd like to donate, but really can't afford to do any of those right now - we have over 1000 members, and a lot more people who check in from time to time to see what's happening with their favorite eagles or osprey or other critters - and if even a small percent of them (of you!) could give $25 or $50 - we would be very close to our goal!

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We've tried to answer some of the common questions about donating here - All About Donating - and please feel free to PM me or email judyb@hancockwildlife.org if you have other questions or concerns.

And if you can - please help.

Thank You!

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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2022-2023 Season

Post by gemini » Fri Oct 28, 2022 8:57 am

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This post marks the beginning of the 2022-2023 season.

For previous seasons go HERE
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2022-2023 Season

Post by gemini » Fri Oct 28, 2022 11:58 am

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Welcome to the 2022-23 season of the French Creek Eagle pair.

We may not have a cam on the nest yet, but we have a wonderful ground crew who are set to keep us informed of the comings and goings of this eagle family. Once again, the French Creek pair have chosen to use the Marina nest and we are starting off the new season with a video of one of them bringing a branch to the nest to prepare for the coming nesting season.

Video courtesy of Denise Foster, Chair, Save Estuary Land Society

:vid: Adult flies in with branch to their Marina Nest (:46)

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