Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 09, 2024 8:07 am

One of them just flew off around 8:03 am - not sure if he(?) was chasing off crows or what.
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And now the other one flew off, unfortunately not in a direction the cam was looking.

CC, I'm thinking of logging in on West and moving it to a view of the nest in case they check it out - is that OK with you? I didn't want to move the cams while they were there - I expect they would adapt if they decide to nest here, the way the pair of eagles at Boundary Bay has, but the eagles there were a bit jumpy about the cams moving initially.

Added - if you're where you can zoom, please go for it, CC - I need to put in a report on cams down.

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 09, 2024 8:27 am

Moved the cam from the view upriver
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To a view of the nest (including black bird in lower left corner).
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I am out of the cams - wanted a picture of the nest in case anyone decides to do some work on it (and need to look back to see if it's changed).

Please feel free to move the cam.

What an exciting morning! :D

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 09, 2024 9:04 am

I found a picture of the nest from early April for comparison:
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This is from the East cam, so I'm going to log into East briefly to get a comparison, then put the cam back on the perches.


Not seeing any major changes to the nest at this point.
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I am out of the cam.

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri May 10, 2024 3:25 pm

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024

An osprey stopped by on the perches for 5-6 minutes around 10:30 this morning. I don't know if it's one of the pair that was here yesterday. This one flew off in the general direction of the railroad bridge, and there was a bird circling in the distance for a minute or so soon afterwards - too far away to guess if it was an osprey.

Here are a few pictures of the visitor this morning.
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I also checked the rollback/dvr for the West cam which is currently looking at the nest, and did not see any activity in the past 12 hours.

According to David Hancock "they are quick nesters" and the time they nest is "right now" - so maybe, but I'd be more optimistic if both of them were back today, or if one of them tried bringing a stick.

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri May 10, 2024 6:22 pm

There was another visit by an osprey for about 10 minutes around 5:10 pm.

My impression (based on apparent size and body shape) is that the one in the morning might have been female, and the one this evening might have been male (slightly smaller and more angular). It didn't occur to me to try to get screenshots of the pattern of the feathers on the heads of the initial pair - I haven't been watching osprey cams lately and had sort of forgotten that the brown and white designs on the front and top/back of the head are often the best way to identify individual osprey.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of this evening's visitor - and I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.
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Still no sign that anyone has visited the nest - and osprey, unlike eagles, generally do not want shade/branches over their nest - a clear view of the water is their primary desire, or so I've read and it seems likely from all the nests I've seen. It still seems more likely to me that they would try to build a nest up on the perches than use the wonderful one under the sunshade - but only they know for sure.

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 11, 2024 8:21 am

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024

I logged into the West cam briefly to move the cam so it shows some of the nest, and also some of the river and the trees on the other side. My thought was that if someone was exploring the nest, we'd probably see them - and we might also see some activity over the water. Please feel free to move it somewhere else - so far we have only seen crows visit the nest, and they seem interested in it as a perch, not a nesting spot.
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I also logged into the East cam briefly because I saw a beak on the left side of the screen - and the crow flew while I was trying to get a picture of it, so I got this fun shot!
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And here's a more traditional look at our visitor.
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I am logged out of both cams.

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 11, 2024 6:17 pm

6:16 pm
I may have missed something, but a quick review of the dvr/rollback doesn't seem to show any visits by osprey today.

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sun May 12, 2024 12:23 pm

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024

From the dvr - we had a visit from an osprey around 10 am.

Around 9:53 am I saw an osprey make several circuits around the nest area (and I can't be sure that it was only one flying). Here's a picture of one doing a fly-over (upper left corner):
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I think the osprey actually landed off to the right, where several of the perches meet, and was probably perched there for 10 minutes or so before moving into view.
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Posing nicely.
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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sun May 12, 2024 12:23 pm

I didn't see a fish being carried while the osprey was circling around - but the angle wasn't great. I did notice that the osprey spent some time feaking/cleaning his/her beak - which suggests that there was food.
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Picture of the pattern on the head for potential ID purposes:
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It looked as if the osprey was having some trouble balancing on the perches - maybe smaller branches than they prefer? Or maybe it was just windy.
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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sun May 12, 2024 12:23 pm

Around 10:20 am, the osprey moved back to the right end of the perches (from the cam view)
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And then flew off, appearing to head off to the right at the far end of the parking lot, though that may have been the start of a circle - they blend in well as they get smaller.
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I moved the East cam a bit towards the right so we'd have a better chance of seeing someone perched out towards the end. Please feel free to adjust it, CC.
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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Mon May 13, 2024 11:54 am

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024
11:54 am

I haven't seen any osprey visits during my quick checks of the dvr today, but have seen several visits by this bird, which definitely is not an osprey or an eagle - or even a crow! There are two large birds flying in the background of the first pic, but they didn't come close enough for me to guess about ID.

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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by CC398 » Tue May 14, 2024 5:10 am

TUESDAY MAY 14, 2024
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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by CC398 » Tue May 14, 2024 5:11 am

Ground view of the visiting Osprey, taken yesterday
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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by CC398 » Tue May 14, 2024 6:21 am

rollback

0540 - First Osprey landing!

0542 - Something startled him/her and they flew - I saw a bigger bird and a smaller bird flash by before this happened.

0543 - The Osprey returned
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Re: Mission Harbour Dyke 2023-2024 Observation and Discussion

Post by CC398 » Tue May 14, 2024 6:28 am

0544 - Greetings as the mate arrives :w00t:

0551 - The pair flew off together.

It might just be my wishful thinking, but it looked like they were sizing up the nest. Could they build on those posts? I don't see why not!
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