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

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:22 pm
by Calypso
A mature bald eagle flew over Dallas Road at 10:20 this morning. It was near the flagpole and was pretty much following the road.

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

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:27 am
by txelements
PGully wrote:
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.
Hi & welcome to HWF, PGully. Glad to have you.

I'm in north, FL. so I can't answer your question but I know someone will. It will be great to have another set of eyes on a local nest. :)
I've never been to Victoria but know of the area from pics and info from ones who do.

Hope to see more of you on the forums. :hi:

Transplant from TX,
Naoma

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

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:50 pm
by sassyk
PGully wrote:
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.
Hi PGully and welcome to our beautiful city of Victoria. I was born and raised in Victoria and Beacon Hill Park is one of my favourite places to visit. My Mom used to put us in a wagon and walk to the park when we were little. Perhaps we can meet there one day. I'm happy that you found the Hancock Wildlife Foundation forum; you are welcome to post your observations, photos and videos of the eagles here any time.

I'm not sure where you live but you are very lucky to be able to see the nest from your home. I have met many people who live in the apartment buildings across from the park on Douglas Street who have watched the eagles. The eagles have had a few nests in the park over the years; one was near the bandshell, but the current one is the one they have used many times in recent years. It is not near the totem pole and I am not aware of the eagles having a nest in the area of the totem pole. The best viewing point is at the beginning of the path across from the washroom building. That is where I usually stand to watch the nest. You can also see it from the playground area and the eagles use the adjacent tree as a perch and lookout tree. Is that where you saw the eagles yesterday?

We welcome observations, photos and videos of the eagles and it is especially nice to have a new pair of eyes watching them :thumlft:

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

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:55 pm
by sassyk
Thanks for posting your observations calypso. I'm quite certain the eagles head to Clover Point to hunt for prey and do their fishing :)

Hi Carolyn and Naoma. Thanks for posting your welcome messages and info for PGully :huggie: It's always nice to have new members watching the eagles :thumlft:

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

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:23 pm
by sassyk
I was in the park for a short while this afternoon and there was one eagle in the nest.
I couldn't stay long and just saw the head.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:34 am
by PGully
Thanks woodlands bleu and sassyk. I live on Park Blvd so am looking “up” at the nest and have a view of the activity but not into the nest.
The other morning I saw what was probably one of the adults on a log close to the water on the east side of Clover Point and on Friday my partner spied an adult in the trees on the south side of the park.

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

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:51 pm
by sassyk
Thanks for your report PGully Always appreciated :thumlft:

I just got back from the park and saw an adult lying down in the nest. It looks promising for an eaglet or 2 this season :luck:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:46 pm
by PGully
14:45
I am seeing two immatures flying around the nest with an adult and the head of an adult in the nest

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

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:11 pm
by sassyk
Hi PGully. Thanks for your info :thumlft: The immatures could be from the Beacon Hill nest from a previous year. It would depend on how old you think they were; the eagles didn't have young last season and only 1 from the previous season. Keeping my fingers crossed for a successful hatch this season :luck:

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

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:47 am
by elle
I forgot to post we saw an immature perched at Ross Bay Cemetery where the washrooms are at Memorial Crescent and Dallas Rd. This was a few days ago. We have seen immatures there in the past years.

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

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:28 pm
by PGully
Maybe the same immatures. The ones I saw at the nest were about the same size as the adults. After looking at the Birds of Canada I would guess second year but I am no expert.

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

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:46 pm
by sassyk
There was a lady posting photos on Facebook of a pair of eagles perched in a tree at the cemetery. I can’t remember her name but I thought the eagles might have been the ones from the Sylvan Lane nest :dunno:

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

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 2:40 pm
by PGully
Re: the Bald Eagle nest in Beacon Hill Park: from my vantage point I think that I can see at least one young flapping its wings in the nest with an adult sitting just above.

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

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 2:59 pm
by sassyk
Hi PGully. Thanks so much for your observations. This is very good news :thumlft: I was away from May 3rd until May 28th and haven't had time to get to the park since getting back. I plan to go sometime this weekend :luck:

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

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:36 pm
by sassyk
I went to the park this afternoon and was surprised to see the size of the 2 eaglets in the nest :woohoo: One was standing on the side of the nest exercising its wings.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:59 pm
by sassyk
I visited the park this evening and saw one adult in the nest but no eaglets :dunno: It was a bit windy so they might have been lying down in the nest. After I had been over to the woods to see the owls, I went back to the nest and didn't see the adult or the eaglets. I hope they are OK :luck: I took photos from both sides of the nest.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:25 am
by gemini
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2018/2019 Season

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:32 am
by sassyk
My birding partner was at the park yesterday for approx. 90 minutes. She saw one fledged eaglet and from the north side of the nest she saw wings and tail of a large bird poking out from the side of the nest. Both adults were often in the nest or perched beside it the entire time she was there. We are hoping the 2nd eaglet is OK :luck:

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

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:01 pm
by stim
It's always great to have a fledge Kay. I too hope eaglet #2 is OK. :bye 1:

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

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:07 pm
by PGully
I have continued to look at the nest trying to identify the young. I thought that I saw one about five days ago but not since.The two adults were above the next early this morning. I presume that by now one or both of the young have fledged.

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

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:58 pm
by sassyk
Hi PGully. Thanks for your comments.It appears that both of the eaglets have fledged :thumlft: One of the former Hancock members who visits the park quite often posted on her Facebook page on June 22nd that she thought the eaglets were gone. She went to the park on June 17th and didn't see any of the eagles. Another couple she spoke with said they also thought the eaglets had gone. After they have fledged it is very difficult to see them when they are perched in a tree; they blend right in with the trunks and branches. Usually they come back to the nest to eat and they were probably out with the parents learning to hunt and fish. I haven't been able to get over to the park lately because I pulled the muscle in my hip and wasn't able to put my full weight on it until yesterday :roll:

Hi Sandra. Yes, hoping they are both enjoying their freedom and learning to be eagles :rh:

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

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:08 am
by Simon Pedicab
I was viewing the nest yesterday afternoon and noticed at least one person up by the nest and a lot of ropes hanging down from the tree. There were city vehicles parked around the bottom of the tree. At one point it looked like the person up by the nest pulled something about the size of a football our of the nest. He was obscured by branches so it was hard to see any detail. When I returned a couple of hour later, all signs of the previous operation were gone. Can someone in the know contact the appropriate City of Victoria officials to find out what that was all about? Thanks. I am a pedi-cabber and the eagles and their nest have been an important stop on our tour through the park. I would like to be able to tell my guest the latest chapter in their story.

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

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:35 pm
by sassyk
Hi Simon thanks so much for posting your information here. I have called a few places and sent emails to a few people to ask for info as to what happened at the eagles nest. I received a call back from WildARC and they are not aware of anything. There have been a few incidences in the past of intruders and the resident eagles engaging in battles. I will update here with any information I receive.

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

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:39 pm
by sassyk
I have received a reply from the Supervisor of Parks Operations regarding the situation there at the eagles nest yesterday. It is very sad news indeed :cry1: A neighbour contacted them this past Monday to say they could see the eaglets in the nest through their spotting scope but there was no movement from either eaglet. Parks staff met with Biologists from the Ministry on Wed. to discuss the situation. Parks applied for and received a permit to climb an adjacent taller tree to get a closeup look into the nest. Yesterday morning staff climbed up and sadly identified that the eaglets had died. Parks Technical Field Arborists then climbed up to recover the eaglets from the nest. The eaglets' remains were then taken to the Ministry for examination. One of the adult eagles has been observed at the nest in the past few days. I have asked the Supervisor if he will kindly pass along any information he receives from the Ministry regarding the cause of the eaglets' deaths :( I will post any additional info I receive.

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

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:55 pm
by Woodlands Bleu
Awww, I am so sorry to hear this, but thankful it was discovered. I hope answers come and soon. And heal Kay....Thanks to all who are concerned here and care. I saw this nest back in September so can envision it. i hope the eagles, adults, are OK.
carolyn

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

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:58 pm
by sassyk
Thanks Carolyn :huggie: It is very sad indeed :( I plan to go to the park this weekend in hopes of seeing both adults.

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

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:22 pm
by PGully
I have just seen one of the adults circling near the nest.
It will be interesting if examination of the young reveals anything. I see that siblingcide is not uncommon but that would not explain both unless one was weak and preyed upon while the other was also underfed. Does anyone know if fish have become less plentiful recently or whether lead poisoning is still an issue?
Paul

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

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:06 pm
by Marg
sassyk wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:39 pm
I have received a reply from the Supervisor of Parks Operations regarding the situation there at the eagles nest yesterday. It is very sad news indeed :cry1: A neighbour contacted them this past Monday to say they could see the eaglets in the nest through their spotting scope but there was no movement from either eaglet. Parks staff met with Biologists from the Ministry on Wed. to discuss the situation. Parks applied for and received a permit to climb an adjacent taller tree to get a closeup look into the nest. Yesterday morning staff climbed up and sadly identified that the chicks had died. Parks Technical Field Arborists then climbed up to recover the the eaglets from the nest. The eaglets' remains were then taken to the Ministry for examination. One of the adult eagles has been observed at the nest in the past few days. I have asked the Supervisor if he will kindly pass along any information he receives from the Ministry regarding the cause of the eaglets' deaths :( I will post any additional info I receive.
I was saddened to read this Kay, I'll be checking for any updates. :brknhrt:

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

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:22 pm
by sassyk
Hi PGully/Paul if you look back to my post of June 3rd, you will see how big the eaglets were and how healthy they looked. It is very unlikely that siblicide would have occurred at that age. There have been many incidences recently of eagles ending up at rehab centers due to eating prey containing rat poison or prey containing lead. Unfortunately, if this was the cause of the deaths of the eaglets, there was no way we would have known they were ill, with no live camera on the nest. By the time the neighbour noticed the eaglets were not moving, it was too late :( There is the possibility that the eaglets could also have been exposed to the fungus Aspergillus which causes a disease called Aspergillosis, usually in the lungs. I will post any additional info I receive.

I am happy to know that the adults are still around the nest. However, I would feel more relieved if both adults are seen in the area. Please post a message if you see both adults in the area.

Thanks Marg yes,it is very sad to lose both eaglets :(

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

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:21 am
by Philjo56France
So :( to read what happened to these two beauties… :cry1:
:luck: for the parents :luck:
Sassyk, i will import one or a couple of your pics to the "In Memoriam" thread if you allow me to do that. Thanks by advance.
:grhug: