Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by PGully » Sat May 09, 2020 12:57 pm

The adult in the nest has been often difficult to see as the nest must be deep. When a adult returns the crows are always close by. I am hoping to see young sometime soon.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by PGully » Thu May 14, 2020 1:49 pm

I have not been able to see an adult on the nest for a few days. There was an adult perched nearby this morning but I presume that by now, if no chicks are visible, then it must have been unsuccessful.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by PGully » Fri May 22, 2020 12:55 pm

Yesterday I saw an adult perched above the nest. Today there are two adults in the nest together, but no young visible. What does this mean?

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri May 22, 2020 10:26 pm

PGully, thanks for posting your observations. My birding partner visited the park today and didn't see the eagles at first, then they both showed up. One went in the nest and then they both took off towards the heron rookery. They went back to the nest to enjoy their meal. She could not see any young and we are now quite certain there aren't any. If they had young in the nest one of the eagles would be in the nest with them. Without having a camera on the nest we don't know if there were eggs and they didn't hatch, or if there were young and they died. I believe the eagles spend time around Clover Pt.

It was tragic last year that both eaglets died and I have not been able to find out if there was a necropsy done to determine the cause of their deaths. It is not unusual for them to not have any young following a disastrous season :cry1:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by PGully » Sat May 23, 2020 7:39 am

Thank you Sassyk. I did not know that the adults would go back to the nest, or go back together, to feed.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2020/2021 Season

Post by PGully » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:09 am

I have seen an adult BAEA on the Beacon Hill Park nest (above the playground), a couple of times this week, including this morning.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:06 pm

Thanks for the update Paul. I plan to visit the park soon :luck:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:14 pm

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I have not been able to get out to check the activities of the eagles. Therefore this thread will be continuing to include observations, photos & videos of the eagles for the 2020/2021 nesting season. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the eagles will produce offspring this season :luck:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:33 am

I visited the park yesterday for the first time in many months. One of the eagles was perched in the tree near their old nest. While I was watching the nest from the roadway behind their new nest one of the eagles flew in with a big branch. When I went back to see the nest from the vantage point opposite the washrooms I saw both eagles in the nest. They were busy arranging sticks. It was wonderful to see both of them together and their new nest looks quite big :rh:

This looked like the female perched in the tree next to the nest tree.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:25 pm

This is their new nest; photo taken from the roadway behind the nest.
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These 2 photos show both eagles in the nest; photo taken from across from the washrooms.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:14 pm

I visited Beacon Hill Park on Mar. 31st and saw one of the eagles perched at the top of the totem pole.
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I saw an eagle in the nest; appeared to be incubating :woohoo: You can see the beak between the sticks.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by Calypso » Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:00 am

That nest doesn't look very sturdy. One more windstorm and it will be twigs on the ground.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:49 pm

Hi Calypso.

The nest looks better from the side facing Chestnut Row. However, I agree with you that from the side facing the washrooms it doesn't look very sturdy :( I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a good season :luck:

This is the nest from Chestnut Row.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:32 pm

I visited the park on Apr. 21st. One eagle was down in the nest; looked like it was incubating :luck:

Eagle's head & beak visible on right side of branch in front of the nest.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by PGully » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:17 pm

I took a video the nest this afternoon and definitely saw one chick.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:40 pm

Hi Paul,
Thanks for the information, and very good news to see a chick in the nest :thumlft:
I must get out to visit the park again soon.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by PGully » Sat May 08, 2021 10:20 am

The one chick is growing.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Thu May 13, 2021 3:18 pm

Paul, thanks so much for posting your observations & photos. It is indeed wonderful to see a healthy growing eaglet in the nest :woohoo: I'm going to visit the park tomorrow :luck:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Sat May 15, 2021 2:14 pm

I visited the park on May 14th and as I was walking towards the nest tree an eagle was flying in with 2 crows behind it. It landed in the nest and was feeding young while the other adult perched at the side of the nest. However, I did not capture any eaglets in my photos.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Sat May 15, 2021 2:17 pm

May 14th cont'd.
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This is the back side of the nest, taken from the inner roadway.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by PGully » Sun May 16, 2021 9:57 am

Sassyk - thank you for sharing the photos.
I can only get a decent view of the nest from quite a distance and then have to video the activity in order to get anything close to a good shot.
Here are a couple of very poor views from this morning. The One chick appears to be doing well.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Tue May 18, 2021 3:48 pm

Thanks for the photos Paul. They are fantastic, showing the good sized eaglet. It does look very healthy :thumlft: I have to stand quite far back on the grass area across from the washrooms to get a clear view. I'll get over to the park again soon when it isn't windy :roll:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Thu May 27, 2021 4:25 pm

I went to the park on May 25th and saw an adult in the nest, looking like it was feeding young.
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While I was watching the herons they started squawking like crazy and I was sure one of the eagles was heading to the rookery. Sure enough an eagle flew overhead very low with a crow hot on its tail :( I was happy to see the eagle continue to fly away without picking up dinner for its eaglet :thumlft:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by PGully » Thu May 27, 2021 4:34 pm

I continue to see the eaglet everyday. It is now exercising its wings.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Sat May 29, 2021 2:03 pm

Paul, that is wonderful news :thumlft: Thanks for posting your updates; very much appreciated.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:06 am

I visited the park with my birding partner on June 10th. One adult was in the nest with a very large healthy looking eaglet, but there wasn't much action :(
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by PGully » Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:07 am

Great photos!
I do see the eaglet every day. It looks healthy. I am waiting to see it leave the nest, at least to adjacent branches.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020/2021 Seasons

Post by sassyk » Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:23 pm

Thanks Paul. It is always exciting to see them branching :thumlft: Sometimes a bit scary watching them jump up and down on a branch exercising their wings :ohmy: Hopefully I will see it exercising its wings next time I visit. Hoping the eaglet will continue to grow and eventually fledge successfully :luck:
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