French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2020-2021

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French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2020-2021

Post by gemini » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:09 am

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The French Creek Estuary Eagles Nest

French Creek is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, halfway between Parksville and Qualicum Beach. French Creek, a community watershed, supports a large population of coho and chum salmon, steelhead, cutthroat trout, migratory birds and other diverse wildlife. It is an ideal habitat for eagles to nest and raise their young.

Cam view of the French Creek nest
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Another Cam view from the nest
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Map of French Creek area
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Re: French Creek Estuary Eagles, Vancouver Island - 2020-2021

Post by gemini » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:12 am

2020-2021 Season Notable Dates:

Cam On: October 23, 2020

Adults returned: unknown - probably before the cam was streaming

Adult seen on nest: October 26, 2020, 4:56 pm; two adults seen together (not on nest): October 28, 3:36 pm

New nest reported: November 3 - David Hancock reported the eagles have built a nest 650 feet away, and are now being called the Marina pair.

Sad News re Marina eagles: May 11 - the nest has failed and the male may have died in late March.

Eggs laid:

Pip seen:

Eggs hatched:

Eaglets named:

First branched:

Fledged:

Eaglets last seen:

Adults last seen:


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Nest Adoptions for 2020/2021 are now available!

In the 2021 nesting season (September 2020-August 2021) this nest has been adopted by:

~ The very generous ongoing support from Jane McLennan on behalf of her grand-children Tamsyn, Lucille, Finola, Hanna and her great-grand-children Ivy, Winter and Winona ~


Previous Year's Adoptions

2013 - 2020

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Post by gemini » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:33 am

IDing The Eagles:

Scaps coming as soon as we have something!!
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Post by gemini » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:35 am

2019/2020 Season:

Mom and Dad French Creek successfully fledged two eaglets.

:vid: Dad feeding his two eaglets (:30)

May 10, 2020 - All done!
5-10-2020 French Creek Dad feeding his two youngsters.jpg

May 10, 2020 - Feeding over, Dad leaves!
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Post by gemini » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:36 am

David Hancock has received a number of videos of the French Creek eagles from last season and of local happenings that relate to the eagles or their territory area which he wants posted somewhere on the forum. So in anticipation of receiving more - here is our new French Creek Video Library.

French Creek Video Library
**Videos thanks to: Denise Foster, Chair, Save Estuary Land Society

Video Title, Date Video Recorded/ Posted

Hoorah! An eagle visits the new HWF nest build at French Creek! - Oct 26, 2020
The three visits from earlier today reported by JudyB. - Oct 27, 2020
Oh No! How embarrassing! I hope nobody saw that! French Creek - Oct 28, 2020
**French Creek Dad feeds two eaglets - Nov 3, 2020
**Hali Enjoying Dad's Favorite Perch Tree - Nov 11, 2020
**Marital Spat - Nov 11, 2020
An Eagle Explores the Nest at French Creek - Nov 11, 2020
**French Creek eagle pair pass on the "pre-built" and do their own thing! - Nov 11, 2020
**Honey we need to Talk - Dec 29, 2020
**Hali By the Creek - Jan 3, 2021
**Female Bald Eagle perched at creek - Jan 15, 2021
**Eagle eating fish - Jan 15, 2021
**Hali parachutes - Jan 15, 2021
**Poop on sibling - Jan 15, 2021
**Preening in nest - Jan 15, 2021
**Yoga pose - Jan 15, 2021
A busy day in the life of Mr and Mrs FC - Jan 23,2021
**Eagles galore! - Jan 23,2021
Who's at French Creek - by BillA - 2/8/2021
**Moon With Eagles - Feb 15, 2021
**Juvenile at French Creek Estuary - Feb 7, 2021
**Beautiful Immature at French Creek Estuary Land - Feb 1, 2021
**Mating? Nope! - Feb 1, 2021
**Serenity at French Creek - Feb 15, 2021
**Dalmation male defends nest - Feb 15, 2021
**Immature on French Creek pair's favourite perch - Feb 1, 2021
**Ten eagles plus fly ins - Posted Apr 16, 2021
**Lots of calling - Posted Apr 16, 2021
**Adult eagle, shore, rocks - Posted Apr 16, 2021
**Oopsie Daisy - Posted Apr 16, 2021
**Mom eats gull or duck - Posted Apr 16, 2021
**Immature watches the Herring spawn - Posted Apr 19, 2021
An eagle pair check out the French Creek nest! - May 9, 2021
Two more visits - one at 11:46 am and the second at 12:50 pm - May 9, 2021
Busy, Busy Busy!! - May 09, 2021
And the FC nest continues to receive visitors - looking good for next year! - May12, 2021
A second visit today! - May12, 2021
Bringing in the sticks at French Creek, part 1 - May 14, 2021
Bringing in the sticks at French Creek, part 2 (With a visitor of a different kind) - May 14, 2021
Yet another stick for the FC nest! - May 14, 2021
Checking the nest before retiring for the night - May 14, 2021
Eagle brings their meal to the nest to eat in peace - May 16, 2021
Putting their house in order! - May 16, 2021
Eagle steals a stick from the French Creek nest! - May 19, 2021
Zooming the French Creek nest and more! - May 19, 2021
One last check before bed! - May 19, 2021
An evening visit from one of the visiting eagles - May 22, 2021
Eagle Adds Straw to French Creek Nest - May 23, 2021
Highlights of today's visit to the FC nest - May 24, 2021
Eagles with Stick - May 28, 2021
Active Discussion! - May 28, 2021
Closeups - May 28, 2021
Closeups 2 - May 28, 2021
Closeups 3 - focus on other eagle - May 28, 2021
Closeups 4 - more on 2nd eagle - May 28, 2021
Afternoon Visit - May 28, 2021
Twilight Visit - May 31, 2021
Quick visit - May 31, 221
Upset visitor at French Creek nest - June 5, 2021
Eagle at French Creek, with Cameo by a Crow - June 12, 2021
**Adult stays cool while eagles call! - Jun 24, 2021
Closer Look at Today's Visitor - July 16, 2021
Two visits to the French Creek nest - July 20, 2021


French Creek Nest territory Related Videos-

Building The First Eagle Preserve on Vancouver Island - Nov 25,2020
**Eagles, mountains, herring - Jan 15, 2021 - Read related article by David Hancock HERE
**Eagles on the shore eating clams! - Read article re Jan 11, 2020 Horse Clam Event by Denise Foster & Peter Geisen HERE
**Immature eats, adult tries to steal!
**Close up of immature eating clam!
**Immature, spawn, backdrop - Jan 15, 2021
**Sealions, eagles, seagulls and Herring spawn - Jan 15, 2021
**Sperm, shore, milt, boots - Jan 15, 2021
**Pacific Tree Frogs - Posted Apr 16, 2021
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Post by JudyB » Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:36 pm

Friday, October 23, 2020

We still have a lot of loose ends to pull together here - but the cam is streaming!
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We have not yet seen any eagles - and are hoping they will stop by soon.

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Post by sassyk » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:39 pm

I am very excited and looking forward to watching this new eagle nest :) Many thanks to David and his crew and the folks at French Creek House Ltd. for making this available to us :rh:
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Post by Sandy_W » Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:47 am

This morning, I just discovered this listing for a cam at the French Creek Estuary. Loved the video with David as can see his excitement for the future of this eagle nest! I am looking forward to see the eagles make their way to their new nest.
“Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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Post by JudyB » Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:45 am

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Great to see you here, Kay and Sandy!

Someone is zooming this morning - probably David Hancock. Looks lovely - but quite windy.
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I did not see any birds or boats as the cam looked around.


7:43 am
Cam is looking over the water, and I've seen a couple of birds fly by - one white and one dark. And one of the white spots is a bird, but I can't tell which one.
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Post by Jean » Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:26 pm

:bravo: Congratulations on the new cam..........more eagles to watch! And French Creek is a lovely area. Thanks David and all for your hard work and dedication! Fabulous interview David......I always learn something new when you speak!
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Post by JudyB » Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:21 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Jean! Where this is a bit further north, I have no idea what schedule these eagles might be on. With luck we'll find out before too long.

2:17 pm
I checked the dvr back to my last post and didn't see any eagles.

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Post by JudyB » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:40 am

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Good morning, everyone!

8:40 am
I checked the dvr (and did that a few times yesterday, though didn't always post) - and so far have not seen anyone at the nest except a squirrel once or twice.

Some pairs do seem to spend more time at the nest in the fall than others, and I know some seem to go off for weeks at a time in the off season - and I hope we'll see someone here before too long.

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Post by JudyB » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:25 am

10:22 am
Another squirrel visit.
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Checked dvr and didn't see any eagles.

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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:37 pm

Peeking in here
1:32p
Nest is empty
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I checked the DVR and no eagles seen
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:01 pm

5:36pm'
Nest is empty
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I checked thr DVR back to my last post and I didn't see an eagle . :luck: soon :yes:

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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:40 am

Good Morning everyone and thank you nighowl for starting the day here :grhug:

Weather Report
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5:35a
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:17 am

7:15a
Nest is empty and I can hear some sort of bird .. not an eagle
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Post by JudyB » Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:16 am

Good morning, Bev and nightowl!

11:14 am
Checked the dvr and didn't see any visits. I also took a quick look around with the cam, and did not see any eagles perched in the trees we can see nearer the water. I'm not going to post many pictures until we start seeing eagles - or see a change in the nest suggesting someone may have stopped by.

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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:51 am

JudyB wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:16 am
Good morning, Bev and nightowl!

11:14 am
Checked the dvr and didn't see any visits. I also took a quick look around with the cam, and did not see any eagles perched in the trees we can see nearer the water. I'm not going to post many pictures until we start seeing eagles - or see a change in the nest suggesting someone may have stopped by.
Thanks Judy .I will do the same and just post the weather If that is OK
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Post by JudyB » Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:47 pm

IrishEyes wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:51 am
JudyB wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:16 am
Good morning, Bev and nightowl!

11:14 am
Checked the dvr and didn't see any visits. I also took a quick look around with the cam, and did not see any eagles perched in the trees we can see nearer the water. I'm not going to post many pictures until we start seeing eagles - or see a change in the nest suggesting someone may have stopped by.
Thanks Judy .I will do the same and just post the weather If that is OK
That sounds great, Bev - thanks so much for posting the weather - and I do hope we see eagles before too long. :)

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Post by gemini » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:44 pm

4:45 pm Went back to the last post and didn't see any eagles!
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Post by JudyB » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:59 pm

4:56 pm
This is exciting! I just saw an eagle checking out the nest!
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He or she arrived at 4:53 pm, and tried removing a few of the branches that were fastened to the framework - and flew off at 4:55 pm.

A couple of pictures from the dvr.
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Post by JudyB » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:06 pm

A few more....
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And she or he took off about the time I managed to log into the cam for a better look.

But now that one of them has found the new nest we (meaning David Hancock and his nest construction team) built for them - maybe they'll be back. :love:

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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:24 pm

:woohoo: Thank You Judy! Great to see one eagle. :) .. and what a beauty :love: This is so exciting !
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Post by nightowl » Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:56 pm

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020

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Post by gemini » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:08 am

Thank you Judy for catching the visit and for the great scaps! :luck: He/She will be back with their mate!

:vid: Our first eagle visit to the French Creek nest on cam!

Some scaps to help ID if he she comes back:

Back collar
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Left eye
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Right Eye
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