Vanier Park Eagles - 2018 - 2020 Seasons

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Vanier Park Eagles - 2018 - 2020 Seasons

Post by gemini » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:59 pm

Vanier Park is located on the waterfront in Vancouver. It can be seen from the Burrard St. Bridge and overlooks the Children’s Festival, Bard on the Beach and the Seawall leading from Granville Island to Kitsilano Beach. It has several attractions - the Vancouver Museum, the Maritime Museum, and the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium. The nest itself resides in a relatively "short" deciduous tree that overhangs a 4-way stop in a large parking lot with a few small dividers with trees. The eagle couple is relatively inexperienced, but persistent!

Vanier Park Nest History – (found in more detail in the Stanley Park Ecology Society annual reports)

2003: No records

2004: Despite regular eagle sightings throughout the spring and summer, no eaglets were seen at this nest. Adults were not observed incubating in the nest either.

2005: The Vanier Park Nest produced and successfully fledged a pair of eaglets for the first time in the 2 years it had been monitored.

2006: Two eaglets fledged from this nest although one fell from its nest and was taken to OWL (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) until it was strong enough to be released.

2007: Young were successfully hatched in 2007, but for unknown reasons they did not survive their first couple of weeks.

2008: One eaglet was fledged. However it fell from its nest prematurely and was found by Vancouver Park Rangers under the nest tree. It was transferred to wildlife rehabilitators at OWL where it was raised for a few months. In August it was released into Stanley Park by Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) staff and volunteers.

2009: Two chicks were successfully raised until fledging age. In mid-March of 2009, the eagle pair was observed incubating and the chicks were hatched around April 6th. By June 30th both chicks had learned to fly from the nest, but they were observed hanging around the nest site for nearly a month before they finally left the area.

2010 - March, 2017: To read and view observations and pictures of the Vanier Park nest from the 2010 to March 2017 season go HERE.


The Vanier Park Eagle's Nest discussion:

~ 2019/2020 Season Discussion - begins HERE
~ 2018/2019 Season Discussion - begins HERE
~ 2017/2018 Season Discussion - October 2017 to March 2018 begins HERE
~ 2017/2018 Season Discussion - March 2018 to August 2018 begins HERE
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Post by tvkits » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:23 am

2017 recap from the other thread:
Late fall 2017, the eagles came back to the area. They started building a new nest near a bicycle skills park 200m from the old nest, behind the gravel parking lot and SW of Burrard Civic Marina. The new nest is 70m from Burrard Bridge, and just above the bridge deck level at that point. During the day the eagles are away, or are perched in the old nest tree. In the afternoon they split time between the old nest tree and the trees around the bike park. They haven't added to the nest much since January, but a few sticks here and there. At night they roost in the tree beside the new nest with some "trying out the nest". The city has paused the planned expansion of the bicycle skills park in consideration of the eagles.
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Re: Vanier Park eagles

Post by Marg » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:18 am

Hi tvkits, I believe that this is the new nest that my son saw recently!
I believe he saw Ma/Pa there.
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Re: Vanier Park eagles

Post by tvkits » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:12 pm

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Here they are perched in the old nest tree. (Grey PM & at sunrise)

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Re: Vanier Park eagles

Post by tvkits » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:27 pm

New nest is occupied continuously as of 18-Mar. I would say we have an egg! :luck:

I watched the adults swap out a few times the other day, and also drive off an intruding juvenile.

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Re: Vanier Park eagles

Post by JudiW » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:04 pm

Nesties of the Vanier Park Eagles nest :rh: :eag: :hatch: :hatch: :eag:

Well I and my hubby were down at Vanier today, but at the old nest site and we took a capture at what we saw an Eagle sitting atop of the old nest tree.....but I made the remark to Gary "well it doesn't look mature as it doesn't have a white head, must be the juvenile that has hung here for 2 seasons now and when the Ma Eagle would chase him away I got an old capture of him/her on the ground in the same area as you state the new nest is
....heres todays capture sure thought it was Pa Vanier :puzz: :shame: :eag:
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have a nice few days of Spring and sun :sunny: :rain: and watch eagle cams from across the lower mainland live..........

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Post by Annemie » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:47 pm

Hi everyone

Thank you JudiW and tvkits for the nice pictures.

I am happy to hear that the Vanier Park eagles have an egg, Congratulations.

I wish everyone here at Vanier a Happy Easter. :bye 1:

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Post by stim » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:27 am

Good to hear the Vaniers are nesting! I hope their new nest is successful for them.

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by tvkits » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:58 pm

All seems well.
Bard on the Beach are almost done construction of the big top tents across the street from the nest. It looks like some kind of construction is happening at the Coast Guard base at the old nest tree.

The eagles seem to be swapping out incubation duties about once every 1-1.5 hours.

The non incubating parent usually hangs out in the old nest tree which is a couple hundred yards away.

The new nest doesn't look terribly sturdy, but what do I know --it survived yesterday's horrendous weather! 🌬🌧💦

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by tvkits » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:38 am

Usually there is about a minute or two during parent-swap in which the egg is unattended, but not more. This morning I went by and saw both adults sitting in the previous-nest tree for at least 5 minutes but I had to go to work. I’m not sure what’s up with that. Maybe it wasn’t both parents, but an intruder? I've seen a juvenile intruder around but never an adult...

It’s been 28 days since they laid egg(s) in the current, new nest. I believe full-term is 35 days.

Edit: 19-April i watched parents swap out around dusk (8:30 or 9-ish) and I've never seen them both out of the nest at the same time since that day, so I guess all is well?

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by JudiW » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:38 pm

:grhug: Hi all Vanier Park eagles nest lovers....looks like the fledgling juvenile is still hanging around from 2 seasons ago 2016...he never left the nest area due to his mother being killed he and pa never left the old tree site....they both cried all nesting time after her death (my opinion) so that means there are two nests now active at Vanier Park the new nest is probably one of two females who shared the old nest with Pa Vanier Park last season 2017 and one stayed with Pa for this season at the old nest and the other paired up with a new male for this season in the new nest or pa has both females incubating but in the old nest and the new nest :dunno: :puzz: the juvenile is Pa Vanier's offspring and Pa Vanier has ruled the roost and the territory for years.....hmm :chin: as the nest turns :mihihi: .....Judi

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by tvkits » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:40 am

The old nest isn't active. One of the pair (while off incubation duties) will perch in the old nest tree, but nobody has been seen entering or exiting the old nest this year.

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Post by JudiW » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:12 am

]Vanier Park eagle lovers :grhug: :wave:

Old nest tree......no eagles spotted from the Coast Guard Station ground level
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New nest tree......no eagles spotted but it is very hard from the ground to tell if the new nest is active or not......should use the bridge level but very busy with traffic and a bicycle lane on the bridge :vid:

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going to rain this weekend so no more visits until I come to Vanier Park when I'm on an errand picking up Einstein's dog food and Revolutions flea and tick prevention from the Vet next month

:eag: :eag: no eagles spotted at all :dunno: :chin: :ohmy:

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by tvkits » Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:43 am

Activity at the new nest (Tues & Friday):
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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by tvkits » Wed May 02, 2018 12:02 pm

Eggs should have hatched but I have not been able to confirm -- haven't confirmed food deliveries directly to the nest, and haven't heard young.

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by tvkits » Wed May 02, 2018 10:46 pm

In previous nights we saw a parent bring food to the nest area, but eat it his/herself in an adjacent tree. Tonight the lads and I saw no less than 3 separate food deliveries directly to the nest between 7pm and 9pm. I would say that we have eaglets! 🐣

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by Diana » Fri May 04, 2018 4:14 pm

Hi everyone

Thank you all for your posts.Sorry have not been posting but will try to stay on track from now on. These Eagles started nesting on March 18, 2018
The babies were hatched on April 22, 2018. I saw the male bring food to the nest on April 24, 2018. These are purely made by close observations but of course there is no camera ,so hard to be exact. I have been back and forth with the city and parks board to have this nest protected. The new nest is directly above a BMX bike park and I have seen some motor bikes there. The female abandoned her eggs last year a few days before hatching due to a party very close to the nest in which a megaphone was used. I have emailed all the canoe clubs and given them all handouts about Eagles and how sensitive they are during nesting season. They were very apologetic and stated that they had no idea . The kids subsequently made posters and hung them all around the three clubs. I also got the parks board to put up signs in the bike area. There have been numerous films made in the old nest area early this year and the Eagles moved to the trees where there new nest is and sat it out. I have spoken to the conservationist and to the people associated with the film industry . They now know the nesting times and promised not to film during that time. Bard on the Beach started construction again this March and is always a disturbance to them but I think the female is getting accustomed to them.
There are of course the usual off leash dogs that are a threat to all the nesting birds at the park. That is an ongoing issue with myself and the City. The male continues to perch on the old nest tree but at the south side so he can keep and eye on the nest. Its hard to do any hunting from the new tree. I will send some photos of the various disruptions that have gone on this year. I appreciate any feedback on this nest as I'm trying to watch all 19 nests in Vancouver for David so I haven't got as much time to spend at Vanier. Most of my time is spent trying to get the nests protected from human interference .

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by Diana » Fri May 04, 2018 4:24 pm

Hi again

I forgot to mention for those who don't know that they are removing the totem pole, the favourite perch of the Vanier eagles. This was supposed to happen last November but it is still standing. I will try to get an update on when they will remove.

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Post by JudiW » Wed May 09, 2018 9:31 am

Thanks Diana for all the latest news about the Vanier Park Eagles new nest :eag: :hatch: :eag:

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Post by Marg » Wed May 09, 2018 1:49 pm

Thanks for all you do Diana! :huggie:
Gary saw one of the Vanier eagles in the old nest tree a day or two ago, he may send me pics.
He also saw one of the Jericho eagles in the nest tree that day.

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Post by tvkits » Wed May 16, 2018 2:50 pm

Adults feeding multiple eaglets each evening between 8 and 9pm! Mostly fish and a few other strange looking things. Enjoyable to watch!
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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by Diana » Wed May 16, 2018 5:29 pm

HI tvkits

Are you one of the BMX guys?

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by tvkits » Sat May 19, 2018 8:17 am

Yes I hang around there quite a bit with my kids. The nest tree was actually 3 trees attached at the base. Two thirds split off leaving only the nest portion of the tree standing. One of the trunks fell all the way down and trunk one is hung up on an adjacent tree. I let Parks know. Hopefully the nest tree hangs in there for the rest of the season at least.

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Post by JudiW » Fri May 25, 2018 9:02 am

:wave: Was down to view the new nest and captured Pa flying in with a big branch probably for a rail for his two eaglets

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Canada Geese at the old nest sight hmm wonder if they nested in the old Vanier Park eagles nest? :chin: :goose:
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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by CanadaLee » Sat May 26, 2018 8:34 am

Hi everyone. I kept meaning to check the forum but just found out the forum has moved so I signed up yesterday. So we have eaglets?

I'm so happy to hear the old guy still has it! Hopefully this new nest location is better for the eagles.

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Post by JudyB » Sun May 27, 2018 10:20 am

Welcome, Lee - great to see you here! :hi:

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Re: Vanier Park Eagles-2018

Post by tvkits » Thu May 31, 2018 5:01 pm

Confirmed feedings each evening that I've been down there, usually simultaneous feedings by both parents, so 2 eaglets are alive.
Most times the parents bring fish to the nest--a few unidentified things. Last night one parent brought in something that looked very much like a rat.

Update June 3: kids heads seen poking up above the rim of the nest. 👍

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