Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

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Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:40 pm

Welcome to the Beacon Hill Park Eagles thread for the 2018/2019 season. This thread is dedicated to observations, photos, videos and discussion of the eagles who inhabit this nest in Beacon Hill Park, within the City of Victoria, BC. These eagles have been seen quite often perched atop the totem pole on the edge of the woodsy area of the park, near Dallas Rd. and Cook St. Over the years there have been several nests in other areas within the park, however this past season the eagles did not produce any young in their current nest. Info and photos of past seasons can be found here.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:58 pm

Sheri Walker posted a video on Facebook today showing one eagle in the nest and the 2nd eagle flying in and landing in the nest. Good to know they are back and I'm keeping my :luck: that they have young in the spring.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by elle » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:21 am

Great news! I somehow missed that video.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:33 pm

I went to the park today but I didn't see or hear the eagles anywhere in the area :(

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:04 pm

I went to the park today but did not see or hear the eagles anywhere :( I had a nice chat with Sheri who said she hadn't seen them today.
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Post by sassyk » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:05 pm

I went to the park again today in the beautiful warm sunshine :D I didn't see or hear the eagles anywhere in the area.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by Calypso » Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:16 pm

There was a mature eagle atop the BHP totem pole Tuesday at 10:40 AM

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:24 am

Good news. Thanks for the update calypso :thumlft:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by Calypso » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:54 am

Jan 4 2019
10:40 AM. A mature eagle flew low from Ross Bay Cemetery, across Dallas Rd towards the Strait. Right in front of my car!

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:10 pm

Wow :ohmy: Thanks for reporting this calypso. It may or may not have been one from the Beacon Hill Park nest but we'll never know for sure ;) Happy New Year to you and hope 2019 is a good year for the eagles :luck:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by elle » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:28 pm

Bald Eagle on top of the totem pole this afternoon.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:57 pm

I spent a couple of hours at the park this afternoon. There were no eagles around the nest area but as I was leaving I spotted one atop the totem pole. I couldn't see any new sticks in their nest :(
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:42 pm

I visited the park this afternoon and found both eagles in the nest. A few minutes later one of them hopped up to the branch beside the nest, and a few minutes later it flew off over the park towards Goodacre Lake and disappeared from sight. We didn't see the other one when we passed the nest again. My fellow WiTS monitor noticed something odd about the left eye of the eagle in the nest. After viewing my photos on the computer I do see something wrong with the eye. I'll post some photos tomorrow. I'm going to go back to the park on Friday to see if I can get a better photo of the eagles eyes.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:58 pm

A few photos of the eagles at the nest yesterday. Female in the nest.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by elle » Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:56 pm

I visited the Beacon Hill nest this afternoon. Both eagles were there separately and together at different times. Back with pix.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by elle » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:10 pm

Pictures from today's visit

First glimpse of a white head in the nest
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Change of shift
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Gazing lovingly at their eggs :)
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Post by elle » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:15 pm

Pair in the nest
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This looks like an entrance but it was actually an exit. The wind was quite fierce and a bit of manoeuvering was needed before take off.
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A bit of an egg roll and then a settle down
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:14 pm

Very nice pics elle :thumlft: Too bad the eagles didn't show their left eyes. I was there for quite awhile this afternoon and headed for the nest site right away. All I saw was the top of a white head in the nest and no eyes showing :( I went back to the nest site twice with no luck in seeing anything in the nest. I headed over to see if one was on the totem pole but no eagle there. After walking around the woodsy area I was getting ready to leave and looked up to see an eagle in a tree close to the totem pole so I got out with my camera and took some pics before it flew off towards the ocean. I'm sure that one was the female and there was definitely nothing wrong with her eyes. I thought maybe she was going fishing for dinner so I headed back to the nest site again :roll: I didn't see or hear the eagles so I went home for a mug of hot tea to warm up :thumlft: I'll post some pics later.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:58 pm

The only photo that shows any amount of white head feathers but no eye or beak.
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The eagle in the tree near the totem pole. Now that I have a closer look, I think
this might be the male.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by Woodlands Bleu » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:35 am

Ahhh, wonderful to see. It's great to see both on the nest with eggs. Is the park greener now? In September it was kind of not from lack of rain. We were only there for a few hours but it was wonderful to see it up close and personal. Thank you Lynda and Kay! Your vision brings us vision and smiles.
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Post by elle » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:42 pm

Yes Carolyn. It is very green now. We had buckets of rain this past winter and of course snow last month.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by elle » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:52 pm

Thanks Kay. I was lucky to witness a change of shift at the nest. I think your pic is of the male and it is the female that has an injured or missing left eye. :( My picture of the eagle hovering over the nest is the female. She managed well and flew confidently :luck:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by Calypso » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:48 pm

I wonder if the eagle pair who have been seen around the Ross Bay cemetery are the Beacon Hill pair, or a new mated pair.
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Post by sassyk » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:37 pm

Hi calypso. I haven't seen a pair of eagles at the cemetery but I saw a photo someone posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. I don't think it is the Beacon Hill eagles but it could be a new pair or an eagle whose mate died and perhaps it found a new mate. Please continue to report here if you see the eagles at the cemetery. It would be very much appreciated if you could get a photo. Thanks.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:00 pm

I spent some time in the park today watching the eagles. I think everyone in Victoria was in the park :w00t: I had to drive around looking for a parking spot. Finally got one way down the road near the totem pole. When I arrived at the nest site the female was in the nest; just the top of her head was visible. Two minutes later the male flew in and landed on the branch beside the nest. A minute later he hopped down onto the side of the nest and the female finally got up and flew up to the top of the perch tree beside the nest. When I went back later the female was gone and the male was still in the nest. I will post some photos later.
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Post by sassyk » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:33 pm

Some photos of the eagles this afternoon.


Just after Mr BHP hopped down into the nest from the branch above.
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Mrs BHP cleaning her beak at the top of the perch tree.
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Mrs BHP surveying her territory.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:37 pm

One last photo that I took just before I left the park. Mr BHP was still in the nest
and Mrs BHP was gone. I didn't get a look at the left eye of either of them.
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There was a very scary incident in the park this afternoon. I was at Fountain Lake photographing Mr Redhead Duck when I heard 2 bangs near the children's petting farm. The peafowl started vocalizing then I noticed some people rushing towards the parking area beside the petting farm. I didn't go over to see what was happening for about 10 minutes then I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a vehicle sitting on top of another one over the barrier dividing the parking lanes. Apparently an elderly couple were leaving and the driver hit the car next to it while he was backing up. Then his vehicle went out of control while the driver was trying to straighten out and he must have hit the excellerator instead of the brake pedal. His vehicle rammed the front of a vehicle on the opposite side of the parking lane, then went right over the divider and landed on top of a vehicle in the next parking lane. Two big burly guys managed to get the elderly couple out of the vehicle and over to the steps of the statue on the lawn. It seemed to take the fire trucks and ambulances a long time to get there! The CTV crew arrived and were interviewing a few people to find out what happened. It was on the 6pm news tonight. Here's the link to the video and the segment starts at about the 4:58 point.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by PGully » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:11 pm

I am relatively new to Victoria and find that I can view the (a) Bald Eagle nest from my home to the east of the park. Is the nest between the playground and the bandshell the one that is being referred to in the posts as being near the totem pole? I saw the changeover between the adults yesterday morning.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by Woodlands Bleu » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:37 pm

Great report Kay....PGully, you lucky duck! To see the nest from home, hopefully you can give even more detailed reports. :)
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