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Kinnikinnick Park Eagle nest, W Sechelt BC, on the Sunshine Coast, 2018-2019

Post by stim » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:22 pm

Welcome to this eagle nest thread! The nest is located in upper west Sechelt on the trail system in Kinnikinnick Park. It can be spotted with difficulty from the trail near the felled "Eagle Tree" stump entrance or from the parking area there where Sandpiper Rd. meets Heritage Rd.
It is away from a water source in more of an agricultural/new development type area.
We have known about this nest for many years. Marg showed it to me in 2010. She and Earl found it 1 or 2 years before that. However we could never actually confirm viability. Last year Aspen, another HWF member told us it was being used.
It has proven to be a popular soaring spot for eagles high atop a hill overlooking Sechelt Inlet. It's a long way to carry a fish to the nest though!
The tree has taken a beating through the years. Last year we saw an eagle in the nest a couple of times in May with the other perched on trees that have been used as perch trees through the years.
However in early June last year Aspen discovered that the top of the tree had broken off and taken the nest with it. I went a couple of times looking under the nest but could find no sign of a grounded eaglet.
Looking for a new nest this year we found one in the same tree on a sturdy branch coming out from the trunk.

Marg's notes on the Kinnikinnick Park Nest

2008 ?
2009 ?
2010 no eaglets seen
2011 No eaglets seen
2012 Ma & Pa spotted in trees near the nest July .
2013 Eagles were seen November 21 and in December. Nov 21st I was told by a neighbour that they were building a new nest close to the old one. No nest located.
2014 Not used
2015 "
2016 "
2017 Nest being used but fell early June. No sign of a grounded eaglet a few days later.
2018 A feeding was seen occurring in May, 1 eaglet could be heard but after that no sign of eagle activity, sadly.

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The nest tree after breakage and fall of nest last June, 2017.
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Re: Kinnikinnick Park Eagle nest, W Sechelt BC, on the Sunshine Coast, 2018

Post by stim » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:32 pm

In February David and I visited to find a new nest in what is left of the nest tree. I doubt we will be able to see it after the bushes between us and the nest grow their foliage.
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Pa perched at the entrance to the parking area, a long time perch tree.
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Re: Kinnikinnick Park Eagle Nest, W Sechelt BC, on the Sunshine Coast, 2018

Post by stim » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:35 pm

March 12 I returned to find the nest from the walking trail. It could be seen on a sunny day not too far from the entrance to the trail. During this visit I did not see nor hear any eagles.
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Post by stim » Wed May 16, 2018 11:58 am

As suspected I could not find this nest yesterday from the parking area due to plant growth. As I stood there though an eagle looking like Pa flew right into the area of the nest. So I gathered up my camera and entered the hiking path. During this time Pa must have flown out of the nest as while I was standing taking pictures of the nest he flew in again. I could hear what sounded like 1 eaglet calling for food with each arrival. Let's hope we have survival this year unlike last year when the nest and top of the tree fell.
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Re: Kinnikinnick Park Eagle nest, W Sechelt BC, on the Sunshine Coast, 2018

Post by stim » Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:33 pm

Back again June 19. No eagles seen nor heard. This is the nest tree as seen from the trail.
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Sadly, a plastic garbage bag was found hanging from the bottom of the nest. Nest location is quite near the local landfill.
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Re: Kinnikinnick Park Eagle nest, W Sechelt BC, on the Sunshine Coast, 2018

Post by stim » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:48 pm

Back to the nest July 4 but no eagle sights nor sounds.

The same result yesterday, July 31.
Again on Aug 7, no sign of eagles.

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Re: Kinnikinnick Park Eagle nest, W Sechelt BC, on the Sunshine Coast, 2018

Post by stim » Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:10 pm

As we don't know if there was a successful fledge here last year and my visit on Monday, April 1 did not reveal any eagle activity, we may as well just continue this thread rather than open a new one.
I could not tell if the nest looked like it had been added to. Taken from the trail.
No sign of eagles soaring, perched or in the nest.
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Post by stim » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:20 pm

I visited again yesterday but could not see any sign of eagles in the nest. However, the male flew over, then started calling and there was answering from within the nest. :w00t: We have brooding.
Pa was perched on the old dead tree at the end of the parking area at Heritage and Sandpiper before disappearing over the nest while giving a warning call.
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Post by stim » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:53 pm

An eagle loving friend and her husband found this nest on Sat April 22. Apparently there was lots of activity apparent by the adults. Great news!

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Post by Mushka » Thu May 16, 2019 10:44 pm

While driving around the Heritage Road area on Monday (May 13) a sequence of events led me to this nest. I was driving down Crowston Road and spotted an adult eagle standing in a field, I pulled over wondering what he was up to. It didn’t take long for me to find out, after a short time the eagle flew off with his meal, a hen! I’m assuming he was resting in the field as he was having a bit of difficulty flying with the weight of the hen. I soon lost sight of the eagle after he flew in amongst brush and trees.

After driving around for a while looking for birds or other wildlife, I ended up at Sandpiper Road. I could hear an adult eagle calling and calling, then flying out of the park, doing short fast flights and then heading back to the trees. Remembering there was a nest here somewhere I decided to try and locate it by walking the trails. I could hear the adult calling but couldn’t find from where. Giving up for a while I left and drove around, but ended up back there. This time I started walking to the end of Sandpiper Road and out of nowhere the eagle I had first seen with the hen flew out of the trees and past me, this was an hour after I had first seen him. He landed in a tree further down the road so I slowly made my way there and could see him with what remained of the hen. Not much by this time.

After resting for a few minutes, the eagle then flew past me again still carrying the hen, going back in the direction he had came from but this time veered into the trees and landed in the nest, which I’d been unable to see until now. Yay! He dropped the hen of, the pair did a bit of calling / nattering back and forth to each other and then off he went again.

(I'm referring to the eagle with the hen as 'he' though I don't know if that is correct)

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Adult standing in the field
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Flying away, carrying the hen
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An hour later, perched in a tree at the edge of Kinnikinnick park with the remains of the hen

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Post by Mushka » Thu May 16, 2019 10:50 pm

Two more pictures from that day, of the nest


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The pair in the nest after he arrived with the remains of the hen
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Picture of the nest standing by the field with the cows, I crossed over the ditch to stand by the fence for a better view. I've included a red arrow to make it easier to see the remaining adult in the nest

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Post by stim » Fri May 17, 2019 8:52 am

Absolutely awesome pictures Karen! :w00t: I am glad you found this nest, not an easy challenge. I don't know where Crowston Rd is nor which field has crows. Horses I know. Some time when we meet up you can enlighten me further. Looks like you found a decent spot from which to get photos. :thumlft: I normally go in on the trail. I love the very large trunk of this broken tree.

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Post by Mushka » Sun May 26, 2019 10:09 pm

You're right Sandra, it's not an easy challenge to find this nest ! Stopped by again this morning, now that I know where it is, except this time I couldn't locate the nest with no adult being visible in it. Will have to print off one of my earlier pictures and take it with me next time to locate area / branch on the tree. But, did see the couple perched on a tree at the end of the road. Can really see the size difference when they are perched next to each other.

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Perched in the tree at the end of the road
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Such a difference size in size when they are perched side by side
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Mom and calf in the field across the road from the nest, dad was close by

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Post by stim » Mon May 27, 2019 9:01 am

That old tree is a favourite perch tree for these eagles. I've seen mating occur there as well as perching. I'm so glad you are becoming familiar with this couple. :thumlft:

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Post by Marg » Mon May 27, 2019 11:51 am

Hi Karen so glad you saw this nest it is difficult to see. EARL AND I mostly viewed it from the road. Good pics Karen and stim.Thanks.
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Post by Mushka » Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:06 pm

Stopped by the nest this morning and again had problems locating the nest, I could find it if I walked into the trails and looked from the back side, but not from the road. Finally figured out I was looking at the wrong broken topped tree from the road :)

I could hear a youngster calling off and on but couldn't see him/her from the trail so kept looking from the road by the field fence and eventually saw some movement . . . and there he was!

Sadly there appears to be quite a bit of plastic hanging close to the nest and possibly even a mound in the nest (the light coloured area in the nest), though couldn't confirm if the mound I can see in the nest is actually plastic. While I was there, approx. 40 mins I didn't see or hear any adults.

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A bit hard to see as the eaglet is looking out at the road towards me, located in the top left hand quarter
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Can see the eaglet a bit better in this picture

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Post by stim » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:23 pm

Really too bad about the plastic. I hate it in the nest. Great shot of the eaglet! Yay! :woohoo:

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Post by Mushka » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:28 pm

While I was in Sechelt on Monday (July 8th) I had time to take a drive up to visit the nest, at first I couldn't hear or see any eagle activity but after a few minutes heard the call of an eaglet coming from either the nest or somewhere in the nest tree. But couldn't pin point where.

I kept looking, going back and forth between the road and the trail and finally saw the top of a head in the nest (behind some greenery) from the road side. After calling for a while the eaglet eventually stood up so I was able to get some pictures of him/her before he moved to the back of the nest. I then went back into the trail and kept trying to find a good vantage point to see more than just the eaglets back (his head was behind a branch) and finally went off the trail and did a bit of 'bush whacking' to find a spot, when I stepped onto a branch and it broke the eaglet heard the noise, turned and looked down directly at me :) Sadly, he was looking out between a piece of plastic hanging off a branch above the nest. But, at least he is there and appears to be doing okay, though calling a lot. I didn't see or hear any adults during the time I was there.

Karen H

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Eaglet finally appears, calling.
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Just before he moved to the back of the nest and out of sight again
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Taken from the trail side

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Post by stim » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:51 pm

Wow Karen, you got excellent pictures considering how difficult it is to get any of this nest. Your last one is worthwhile despite the plastic because of eaglet framed and looking right at you. I love it! :w00t: I agree though, too bad the frame is plastic.

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Post by Marg » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:50 pm

Mushka wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:28 pm
While I was in Sechelt on Monday (July 8th) I had time to take a drive up to visit the nest, at first I couldn't hear or see any eagle activity but after a few minutes heard the call of an eaglet coming from either the nest or somewhere in the nest tree. But couldn't pin point where.

I kept looking, going back and forth between the road and the trail and finally saw the top of a head in the nest (behind some greenery) from the road side. After calling for a while the eaglet eventually stood up so I was able to get some pictures of him/her before he moved to the back of the nest. I then went back into the trail and kept trying to find a good vantage point to see more than just the eaglets back (his head was behind a branch) and finally went off the trail and did a bit of 'bush whacking' to find a spot, when I stepped onto a branch and it broke the eaglet heard the noise, turned and looked down directly at me :) Sadly, he was looking out between a piece of plastic hanging off a branch above the nest. But, at least he is there and appears to be doing okay, though calling a lot. I didn't see or hear any adults during the time I was there.

Karen H

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Thanks Karen for the report and pictures :rh: it is so nice to finally see an eaglet here at Kinnikinick!

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Post by Mushka » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:53 pm

Thank you Sandra and Marg. It is a bit of a difficult nest to see, but I'm so glad that I finally found where it is.

I took a drive to visit the nest this morning and as I was driving along Sandpiper Road towards a parking spot, I saw a dark shape perched in the tree the adults perch in. Once I parked and started walking towards the tree I could hear calling and realized it was the eaglet out of the nest. Wow!

Not what I was expecting to see lol

I walked closer to the end of the road and took a couple of pictures while the eaglet was still calling off and on. And then, off he flew heading back towards the nest tree, but didn’t quite go that far and perched in a tree close by. I couldn't see into the tree because of the sun but could hear the eaglet calling and calling as if to say "here I am" to his parents. Then he quietened down. I had to leave but wish I could have stayed longer to see if an adult came by or whether he actually flew back right to the nest.

After so many years without a fledgling at this nest it's so wonderful to see that not only did the nest survive this year but the eaglet did too.

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Dark silhouette in perch tree at the end of the road
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Eaglet!
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Post by Mushka » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:59 pm

Two more pictures from this morning

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At first I thought he was just stretching, but no off he went
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Flying overhead heading back towards the nest, but landing in a tree close to the nest tree instead

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Post by stim » Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:33 am

Oh Karen, your viewing the eaglet is perfect. I am glad you are onboard to help with the viewing of this nest. Our eaglets sure cooperate with your visits! Yes, seeing the youngster flying around is so much better than assuming it's fledged! Thank you! :hug:

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Post by Marg » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:05 pm

Great pictures of the eaglet Karen! Thanks.
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Post by Mushka » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:40 pm

I was in the area today and while driving down along Heritage Road nearing Sandpiper Road I saw a young eagle fly down along Sandpiper, coming from somewhere near the nest tree. The youngster flew across Heritage Road and landed in a tree in the field with the two horses in it. So am thinking that it was the youngster, still in the area. He/she wasn't calling, just sitting quietly in the tree.

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Post by Marg » Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:25 am

Great picture Karen, thanks for the report.
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Post by stim » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:02 am

How cool to see our eaglet flying free like that. You must have felt proud.

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Post by stim » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:32 pm

After a successful season I will lock this thread and prepare for reports on another one.

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