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Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:11 am

Welcome to the Swan Lake Eagles thread for the 2018/2019 season. The eagles had a nest near Swan Lake for many years but that nest fell down a few years ago. Two years ago I had a tip from an ex-co-worker that a pair of eagles was perching in the trees in his yard. Last fall I heard from this same person that the eagles were building a nest in a yard across the road from his house. When I visited the area I found the beginnings of a nest. I have seen the eagles perched in trees nearby overlooking Swan Lake several times in the past few months but sadly they did not produce any young. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a successful breeding season next year :luck:

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Observations and photos from previous seasons can be viewed here.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:08 pm

I went to Swan Lake this afternoon and checked out the eagle nest that the eagles built earlier this year. I didn't see any new sticks in the nest but both eagles were perched side by side in their old nest tree enjoying the gorgeous sunshine :thumlft:

The new nest.
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In the old nest tree.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:10 pm

Looking up at them preening.
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Perched in the old nest tree, taken from the lookout at Swan Lake.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:51 pm

I drove around the area of the nest tree today on my way to Swan Lake but did not see any eagles. Later while standing at the lookout area at the lake I spotted an eagle in the old nest tree.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:35 pm

I saw both eagles today perched in different trees on the Swan Lake property. As I was driving home I saw one flying towards their nest area so I went to investigate. Both eagles were in the nest rearranging sticks, and flying around the area breaking off sticks and taking them back to the nest. Keeping my :luck: they will decide to produce young in the spring. I'll post some photos later.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:26 pm

Male at Swan Lake near nature house.
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Female in a tree in the field.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:30 pm

Eagles bringing sticks and branches to their nest that they started building over a year ago, but they didn't produce any young this past spring.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:33 pm

Viewing the nest from a different vantage point. The male was busy re-arranging branches.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:35 pm

The male hopped up onto the branch beside the nest a few times before flying off to gather more sticks.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:13 pm

Both eagles were perched in their old nest tree when I drove by on my way to Swan Lake this afternoon. I didn't have time to stop but took this photo from the lookout area near the Nature House. It is not a good photo and has been cropped considerably. They were gone when I drove by on my way home.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:51 pm

I saw one of the eagles perched in the old nest tree this afternoon on my way to Swan Lake. While I was photographing it the other one flew in and landed right beside it. They chatted back and forth to each other for a few minutes then settled down, surveying their territory. I heard both of them squawking and saw a few large birds flying around over the nest area while I was at the lookout area at the lake. By the time I got there on my way home they had gone off chasing the other birds. Photos coming later.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:24 pm

Some photos of the Swan Lake eagles that I took yesterday.
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Just after the female joined the male.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:26 pm

Chatting back and forth then watching over their territory.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:06 am

One of the Swan Lake eagles was perched on the usual lookout tree near the Nature House yesterday. The other one flew over while I was standing on the floating boardwalk and headed to the nest area. On my way home I saw one perched up high in the old nest tree but didn't have time to stop for a photo.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:57 am

I checked on the eagles nest yesterday and didn't see or hear the eagles anywhere in the area. The nest looks like it might have lost some sticks in one of the wind storms :( I'll check again in a few days.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:17 pm

I visited the nest area yesterday and saw both eagles perched high up in their old nest tree.
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Their nest looks like it needs some TLC :( I'm hoping they are going to produce a family this season,
but it looks doubtful :dunno:
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:11 pm

I got a report a few days ago that the eagles had been actively bringing sticks to the nest and spending more time around the nest tree. I went to have a look today and sure enough one of the eagles was in the nest incubating :woohoo: I didn't see or hear the other eagle in the area. I'll post a few photos later.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:27 pm

Some photos of the eagle in the nest yesterday. Certainly appeared to be incubating :woohoo:
I believe it was the female and her tail feathers are visible on the right side of the trunk.

These first 2 were taken from the street looking into the front of the nest
from different vantage points along the street.
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This one was taken from the lane looking at the side of the nest. The
wind was blowing so I didn't get many photos from this vantage point.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:56 pm

My birding partner and fellow WiTS volunteer saw one of the eagles sitting on the nest today :woohoo:
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:48 pm

I visited the nest area today. There was an eagle perched in a tree near the nest tree and it looked like a sub-adult with a few dark feathers on its head and dark at the end of its tail feathers.
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I walked up the lane and saw the female lying down in the nest incubating :woohoo:
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:53 pm

When I got back to my vehicle the neighbours were out so I chatted with them. The sub-adult flew off and was being chased by a crow. He didn't come back. As I was getting into my vehicle to leave the female in the nest got up so off I went to get some more photos. She was looking around and watching the sub-adult flying around the area.
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She was trying to look up to see the sub-adult; funny pose.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:56 pm

I wandered up the lane again and got a photo of the female sitting on the side of the nest.
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I left and went to Swan Lake where I spotted the male in a tree near the Nature House.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:43 pm

I visited the nest area on June 10th. The male was perched in the old nest tree but I didn't see or hear the female. I did not see any action in the nest so I'm not sure if this pair have produced any eaglets this season. My birding partner will try to contact the property owner for information.
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Re: Swan Lake Eagles, Saanich BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:26 pm

It seems the eagles have not produced any young again this year :( My fellow WiTS monitor contacted the property owner who said the eagles hadn't been around the nest much in the past few weeks :(
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