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Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by gemini » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:58 pm

This thread is for Discussion, Observations, Photos & Videos related to events/occurrences at the Lafarge Nest

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The Lafarge Vancouver Bald Eagle Nest discussion topic is somewhat unique among the nests in the Ground Observers forum in that it was originally one of the HWF featured cams. However, the nest no longer has a camera focused on it. In October of 2014 the nest tree along with the closeup camera were destroyed during a windstorm. The eagles then moved back to their original nest - which they abandoned in favor of the Lafarge site in 2007 - located at Pandora and Kamloops streets, approximately seven or eight blocks east of the Lafarge site.

For the past four years, with the aid of a security camera which had the capability of scanning the entire Lafarge site and surrounding area, including the artificial nest located just next to where their nest tree had once stood, we were able to view and report on the lives of the Lafarge pair as they defended their territory from the vantage point of the artificial nest. Between the observations from the cam and and ground observations from members who diligently observed and photographed their comings and goings at the nest itself, this nest continued to be one of the HWF featured nests. However, this past season (2017/2018) the security cam failed and unfortunately will not be replaced.

Consequently, as there is no longer a cam from which to view the Lafarge family, their discussion thread will now be located in the Ground Observer's forum where they will continue to be observed and photographed by their loyal followers.

Following are links to discussion threads of past seasons and other pertinent information re the Lafarge family:

Map of the area showing the Lafarge artificial nest (right next to the Lafarge nest tree) and the Pandora nest in relation to one another: (Click all photos for a bigger version)

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For a more detailed view of the Lafarge artificial nest site in relation to the Pandora nest and the surrounding area as was seen by the side view cam, our ground observers and google earth, please CLICK HERE.
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Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by gemini » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:23 pm

Eagle return dates from past years:

2011-2012 Both returned Sept 25;
2012/2013 Ma, Sept 26; Pa, Sept 27;
2013-2014 Ma, Sept 26. Pa, Sept 29;
2014-2015 Ma, Sept 22; Pa, Sept 27;
2015-2016 Pa Sept 28; Lady (new mate for Pa) unsure; Two eagles seen together Oct 15. Looking back, we now think it is possible that we had been seeing the adult we came to call Lady for a week or two before we saw the two adults together.
2016-2017 Pa Sept 25; Pa appeared to be alone until October 10, pm when two eagles were seen together in the Pandora nest tree by ground observer Diana.
2017-2018 Pa Lafarge returned home Sept 21; Lady Lafarge returned home Sept 27?? (See video HERE)
Lady and Pa Seen together for the first time Oct 6, 2017, 8:26 am.
2018-2019 One of the eagles? returned Sept 29 - observed on the AN - Both seen together on the AN on Oct 8.


2017/2018 Nest Summary:

The season started off with the return of Pa on September 25th followed by Lady on, we think the 27th. They were seen together for the first time on Oct 6 at 8:26 am. Pa and Lady spent the next few months refurbishing their nest, defending their territory and bonding. It was determined that eggs were laid on Mar 25/26 approximately and feeding behaviour observed on April 30. It is believed the hatch took place about April 28/29. The first eaglet, Apollo, was first seen on May 11, and the second, Artemis, on May 13. The following weeks saw both chicks thrive under the watchful eye of their parents until they fledged on July 23 when they were both seen flying around the nest tree - the first fledge seen at 12:45 pm with the second soon following at 1:23 pm. All and all it was a very successful season.
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Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by gemini » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:10 pm

Significant dates of the 2018/2019 season

Notable Dates 2018-2019

Egg(s) Laid:

Egg(s) Hatched:

Eaglet(s) first seen:

Eaglet(s) Named:

Eaglet(s) first portrait:

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Re: Lafarge 2017/2018 Eagle Nest Discussion/Scaps/videos

Post by steamer » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:14 pm

One adult spotted on top rail of the AN at 9.50 AM this morning folks. I'll let everyone know if I spot anyone over at the Pandora nest tree in the days to come :yes:

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Post by IrishEyes » Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:15 pm

steamer wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:14 pm
One adult spotted on top rail of the AN at 9.50 AM this morning folks. I'll let everyone know if I spot anyone over at the Pandora nest tree in the days to come :yes:


:woohoo: Thanks steamer ... this is good to know ! :D
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Re: Lafarge 2017/2018 Eagle Nest Discussion/Scaps/videos

Post by steamer » Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:53 pm

You're welcome :)

About half an hour ago during a drive by one of the eagles was down on lower rail of the AN this time :Cool:

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:10 pm

Thanks for the update Steamer. The other day an eagle flew over me and I hoped it was one of our feathered Lafarge friends - maybe it was!

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Post by gemini » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:33 pm

Thanks, Steamer! That is wonderful news! Looking forward to another successful season!
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Post by nightowl » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:57 pm

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

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Re: Lafarge 2017/2018 Eagle Nest Discussion/Scaps/videos

Post by steamer » Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:30 am

Hi Everyone :)

Again today in the pouring rain one of the pair spotted on the top rail of the AN. Nobody spotted hanging around at the Pandora nest location yet. Eastvan Girl you may luck out and see one there very soon :luck:

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Post by Annemie » Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:33 pm

Hi everyone :wave:

Happy new season.
We drove by the AN again for the 3d time yesterday Oct.29th at about 6:45 pm and eagle was still on the AN. which means that someone was sitting there pretty much all day long. It must feel good to be home again and finding that all is o.k. :woohoo:
We don't know yet who is home and we have seen only one eagle at a time. :rh:

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:04 pm

I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for them at the Pandora nest - glad someone is home!

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Post by steamer » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:13 am

No visual sighting today but all the telltale sign of a very recent visit at the Pandora nest. Big white wash on the sidewalk underneath the nest tree and I found a lovely eagle chest feather a few feet away :Cool:

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Post by steamer » Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:18 pm

Wish I had the camera......Adult right on the very top of the Pandora tree at 11.40 AM. Could have been Lady due to the size but regardless one lovely sight on a beautiful fall morning :)

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:17 pm

6:15pm
Hi everyone,
Been looking everyday at the Pandora tree and just now I too spotted an eagle at the tree. I am thinking it is Pa but could be mistaken, just so pleased to see one of them back at the tree. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by steamer » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:04 pm

Pa and Lady both spotted side by side on the top rail of the AN at 10.20 AM this morning. On my return walk only one on the top rail at 11 AM.

This leads me to think it was Lady I saw on the top of the Pandora tree the other day and Eastvan Girl had a sighting of Pa at a different time that day at the Pandora tree.

They're back ! :woohoo:

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by JudyB » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:09 pm

Wonderful news! Thanks so much, Annemie, Eastvan Girl and steamer!

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Post by steamer » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:34 pm

Pa on his favorite westerly perch beside the Pandora nest at 2.05 PM....looks good :yes: :)

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:00 pm

Hi Steamer,
I saw him there today, also. He's been at the nest quite a bit today - and on Tuesday I saw both Pa and Lady at the Pandora tree in the afternoon.

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Post by stim » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:18 pm

Such good news that our couple is back and ready to start a brand new season. Thank you for the updates to our very committed ground observers!

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Post by steamer » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:10 am

Both eagles still hanging around folks.... :Cool:

At 9.15 AM one perched high up on a southern branch at the Pandora nest and at 9.25 the other spotted on the top rail of the AN.

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Post by gemini » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:46 pm

Thanks, Steamer! Glad to hear they are following their normal routine!
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Post by steamer » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:23 pm

Lots of activity around both the Pandora nest and AN today folks.

First up were several flights and a few nice landings on the nest at the Pandora location around 9.20 AM this morning. Witnessed a few trips to the tree and some flights around the neighborhood in the high winds around this time by one of the pair.

Next up was eagle flights and landings in the high trees east of the AN. Lots of crows in tow during these observations about 10 minutes after the Pandora location observations. Nobody perched on the AN during this time.

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