Sargeant Bay Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC 2018-2020

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Sargeant Bay Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC 2018-2020

Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:13 pm

Welcome to the Sargeant Bay nest thread. The nest is in the community of Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast of BC west of Sechelt. Old forum thread here

If you visit the Sargeant Bay nest you are welcome to post comments and pictures here.

The nest is located behind the Pointhouse Suites on Sargeant Bay and appears to be on private property. The nest is visible from the public trail along the beach in the Provincial Park. The best viewpoint of the nest that I have found from the public trail is just before the Lightning Tree info stand which is close to the end of the trail. The viewpoint is about 10-15 paces (depending on the length of your pace) before the stand. Look over past and to the left of the big outcrop and you should see the nest. Note the pictures in this post are from a different spot, much closer to the parking lot so the nest tree appears on the other side of the rock.

This nest is new to the forum in 2017 and I know very little about the history of the nest or this pair of eagles. I have visited Sargeant Bay many times since 2011 and have often seen eagles soaring above the ridge behind the bay. I have also occasionally seen eagles perched on various trees around the bay so I have suspected there has been a nest somewhere on or near the bay but this is the first time I have spotted the nest. If anyone has any more details it would be great to find out a bit of the history of this pair and nest.
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Re: Sargeant Bay, Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC

Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:13 pm

Some pics from the 2016/2017 season

Ma and Pa from Feb 2017
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One adult in the nest from May 2017
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Ma and Pa from June 2017
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Re: Sargeant Bay, Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC

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Re: Sargeant Bay Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC

Post by Marg » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:48 am

Hi Heather, best wishes for the upcoming season for the Sargeant Bay Nest! :D
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Re: Sargeant Bay Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC

Post by heatherj » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:06 pm

Thanks Marg!

I visited Sargeant Bay on Mar 18 and saw some very nice eagle activity- not the greatest of pictures as it all happened so fast but I hope they give an idea of what happened :)

This all happened on the west side of the bay, so on opposite side from the nest that is above the B&B. I looked for a nest in the trees around where they were perched but didn't see anything. So this might have been the pair that I have seen above the B&B or perhaps the other pair that I have been told about that get fed chicken fat by one of the residents! The chase was very fast and furious so looked pretty serious.
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Adult flying from the east side to the west side of the bay....
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.... he landed below another adult already sitting about half way along the west side of the bay. I'm guessing the top eagle is the female as she looks so much bigger
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The smaller eagle then flew up beside the other eagle and they both started calling out together ....
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.... then relaxed for a few minutes
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Then one adult took off ....
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... and started to chase a juvenile around that side of the bay
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... and chased ...
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... and chased ...
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And then flew back to perch with the other adult as the juvenile flew away from the area.
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Re: Sargeant Bay Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC

Post by stim » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:11 pm

Good activity seen Heather! I'll be up that way soon for a haircut. Will stop by and see if I can spot the nest this year! Before going I will check your directions! :w00t:

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Re: Sargeant Bay Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC

Post by stim » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:33 pm

Hair got cut on Tues and there I was at Sergeant Bay still unable to find your nest. I don't know how you ever found it! No eagles were seen, even though people have told me there is another nest on the opposite side of the bay as well as yours. I remember seeing the sign about the lightening tree strike and know the B&B house. I was looking there for eagles and the nest tree. Next visit hopefully I will find it and kudos to you for having done so!
No beavers seen in the nearby dam. I did see a favourite bird of mine, oyster catcher scavenging on the beach as well as many little white capped sparrows on the ground scavenging. Best I can offer.
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Post by heatherj » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:42 pm

Great pictures Sandra - I love Oystercatchers too. But I'm sorry you didn't find the nest. I'm happy to go there together some time if you'd like me to show you the nest. Just let me know and we can set up a time. :)

I've just realised that I have a few photos from Mar 31 that I haven't yet posted. Both Ma and Pa were perched on branches near the nest tree so perhaps not brooding yet
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Post by Marg » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:25 am

Heather, thanks for finding the nests. Over the years we have walked at Sargeant Bay and spotted eagles in the trees to the right and also once spotted an eagle in the trees to the left of the bay. In 2007 some of the HWF members visited the area with me and we saw eagles there, we never saw a nest though (no zoom cameras with us capable of finding one at that time....). :(
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Post by stim » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:31 pm

heatherj wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:42 pm
Great pictures Sandra - I love Oystercatchers too. But I'm sorry you didn't find the nest. I'm happy to go there together some time if you'd like me to show you the nest. Just let me know and we can set up a time. :)

I've just realised that I have a few photos from Mar 31 that I haven't yet posted. Both Ma and Pa were perched on branches near the nest tree so perhaps not brooding yet
I would like one more chance to find the nest myself. I don't want to give up yet. Then either way we could always plan a trip out together to check on them. :thumlft:

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Re: Sargeant Bay Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC

Post by stim » Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:37 pm

I got back to this lovely Bay on June 19 and still could not find the nest tree nor did I see any eagles. Heather, I think a visit together is now in order if the offer still stands! :D

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Post by heatherj » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:14 pm

Sorry you didn't see the nest Sandra. Absolutely, I'm happy to visit together sometime. I'll email to setup a date/time. :)
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Post by heatherj » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:10 pm

So my last post was for Mar 18 .... which is quite a while ago! :oops2:

On Mar 31 I visited and saw 2 adults sitting on separate trees near the nest tree. I took them from the parking lot end of the bay and Ma and Pa were sitting near the B&B so they are very cropped and not very clear. Its hard to tell which is which!
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Post by heatherj » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:13 pm

One of the adults must have flown off without me noticing as shortly after I saw an adult flying back towards the B&B. The adult landed on the same tree as the other adult this time, just higher up. I don't have any pics of the nest from this visit.
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Post by heatherj » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:16 pm

I next visited on May 7 and saw one adult sitting near the nest tree but nothing visible in the nest.
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Post by heatherj » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:19 pm

On July 7, 2 adults were visible, one near the nest and one in the nest
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Post by heatherj » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:23 pm

2 juveniles flew in while the adult at the top of the tree just preened. So I'm guessing that these juveniles were recognized?
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Post by heatherj » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:33 pm

The younger juvenile landed quite near me and I saw that s/he had a leg band. I've sharpened and cropped as much as I can and I still couldn't see the full number but I think that the first 3 numbers might be 109. Probably not enough to identify the eagle :(
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Post by Mushka » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:10 pm

Great updates on this nest Heather, it is so far away from the parking area that I'm amazed you manage to get any pictures at all. Great capture re the band on the juvenile! I've tried hard to get any numbers off Pa Chaster's band but it is quite faded and not as clear as this one, it might be worth messaging OWL and asking if the 109 helps ID the bird ?

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Post by stim » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:39 pm

I'm glad you saw eagle activity here Heather, especially in and near the nest! David H needs all the numbers to get a history on a banded bird, sadly. It is quite a feat to accomplish as Karen and I well know from Chaster! These juvies could be recognized by the adult eagle, or not. I don't see that calling would occur by adults at this end of the nesting season if not warranted to protect youngsters, nest, food. They are quite tolerant of all juvies when not actively nesting.

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Post by heatherj » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:59 pm

Thanks Karen and Sandra!

Sandra, its a shame I wasn't able to see more numbers on the band but it makes sense that David and/or OWL would need the whole number. Plus there seems to be some text above and below the number but both are impossible to work out :(

Karen, most of the pics I have of this nest are from the other end of the trail, near the lightning tree. I included some directions in the first post on this thread but let me know if you have trouble spotting it, I'm happy to show you sometime . It is very low down in the tree so easy to miss. :)
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Post by Marg » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:43 pm

Thanks for the updates on this nest Heather, I do believe they need all the numbers on a banded eagle but I may be wrong. :bye 1:
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Post by heatherj » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:57 pm

Season 2018/2019 starts here
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Post by heatherj » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:01 pm

I visited Sargeant Bay today and saw one adult sitting and preening on the tree next to the nest tree. We were there for a couple of hours and saw only 1 eagle. There might actually have been two eagles as the lone eagle was in a different tree at the start and end of our visit but it may just have been 1 eagle moving around. :D
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Post by stim » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:43 pm

I visited here on Tues, March 5. Did not see any eagles, but once again, I should have looked at nest tree location posted here in comparison with the house. :( I had a good search through the stand of trees, no eagles identified.

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Re: Sargeant Bay Bald Eagles, Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast, BC 2018 & 2019

Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:47 pm

Sorry Sandra that you didn't see any eagle activity or the nest on your visit. The nest is a bit tricky to find. You have to stand in just the right spot to get a glimpse. Let me know if you want to meet up for me to show it to you!

I have been visiting through the winter but I have been very bad at posting observations :( My last visit for 2018 was in October and I didn't visit again until Jan 17 when both Ma and Pa were in residence and very active. The nest looked as though they had added to it since my last visit
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:51 pm

Again on Jan 17, one of the adults flew to the large tree right by the pathway so I was able to see him/her from directly underneath, probably my closest view of either of this pair :-)
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:55 pm

My next visit on Feb 18 was exciting as Ma and Pa were extremely interested by some of the residents of the Bay getting ready to go out in a boat. Perhaps they sometimes receive some trimmings from fish or crabs and were getting ready to scoop up there share!

When I first arrived both Ma and Pa were waiting on their favourite perch tree but as soon as the people appeared on the beach, one of the adults shot over the water to check out the activity
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:01 pm

The adult did a quick swoop ver the beach and then landed in a tree above the beach, closely followed by the second adult. Then I think it was a waiting game! When I left both adults were still waiting for their share :-)
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:03 pm

On Mar 16, it was much quieter. Ma and Pa were again on their favourite tree but didn't move the whole time I was there. Though there was a very nice low flyby from a sub-adult !
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