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Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:25 pm

Welcome to the Field Rd nest thread for the 2018/2019 Season.

If you visit the Field Rd nest in Wilson Creek on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada you are welcome to post comments and pictures here.

This nest was new to the forum in 2016 though the nest has been occupied at least since 2011 and probably a lot longer. The nest is in a big Douglas Fir on private property and any views from public property are from quite a distance or would require bushwacking through scrub. However from our property we have a peek-a-boo view of the back of the nest and as we have quite a few big trees around us we're quite well placed for observations of the activities of the adults and juveniles throughout the year. The pictures may not always be great but hopefully they'll be interesting!!

The nest is in the riparian area of Husdon Creek at the back of a big vacant lot on upper Field Rd. The nest tree can be seen from Field Rd but I haven't been able to see the actual nest as its hidden by foliage. The nest tree is a tall tree with a bent top circled in the picture below. Adult eagles can sometimes be seen sitting in the trees along Field Rd - I'm sure some of them are this couple.
  • 2012/13 - 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 26
  • 2013/14 - 1 eaglet fledged, date unknown
  • 2014/15 - 1 eaglet fledged, date unknown
  • 2015/16 - 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 23.
  • 2016/17 - 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 15. Second eaglet fell from nest on Aug 11 but was rescued and taken to Gibsons WIldlife Rehab and OWL for rehab. He was released near his nest on Feb 1 2018. We all wish him a long and happy life living wild and free with many thanks to all that helped get him there :)
  • 2017/18 - 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 16. Thread here
  • 2018/19 - No eaglets seen or heard this season. Hoping for better luck next year :luck:
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:37 pm

:woohoo: I saw one adult yesterday, possibly Pa, perched at the top of their favourite tree near the nest. Pics arfe from Oct 2 and Oct 4. I think they might be of the same eagle but its hard to say for sure

And this morning I heard 1 and possibly 2 eagles calling from the nest but it was too dark to see anything. So welcome back!!

It seems earlier than last year but I can't get to the old forum to check their return date last Fall.

I saw one adult eagle last week that seemed to be harassing some ravens not far from the eagle nest. The eagle flew off in the direction of the Field Rd nest but I lost it in the trees.

Then this evening I heard 2 eagles calling to each other from the direction of the Wilson Creek nest. Soon after one flew back towards the Field Rd nest so perhaps it was a boundary reminder conversation with the Wilsons?

I will look out for activity over the next few days to confirm that they are both back. :)
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by Marg » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:42 am

Thanks for opening the thread for this season Heather. Happy to hear that you are seeing some of your eagles. :)
I also couldn't get in to the old season I'll report it.
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:48 pm

Thanks Marg! And thanks for reporting the error on the old thread. Fingers crossed they can get it back :)
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:04 pm

I saw two adult eagles swirling around yesterday morning .... so they might both be back but I haven't seen them sitting together to be absolutely sure. :D
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:07 pm

On Oct 12, I saw an adult flying overhead. Perhaps Pa this time as this eagle had a much smoother head? This eagle also appeared to have a very visible claw - see zoomed in image. I don't think I've seen a claw appearing like that before, normally the claws are neatly curled in. Perhaps an injury?
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:16 pm

All through October I saw only 1 adult at a time though I suspected that there were 2 from the calls I heard. But then on Oct 31 I finally saw 2 together :) Although sadly it was just the backs of their heads!
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:23 pm

In November, I saw both adults intermittently plus an occasional fly over by a juvenile
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:31 pm

In December, I usually saw single adults including one spending lots of time at the east border of the territory which is a bit unusual compared to behaviour from previous years. S/he chose to perch one morning in front of a particularly beautiful sunrise.

The nest looks as though some extra sticks have been added.
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:42 pm

In Jan I had my first sighting of an adult in the nest though I think s/he was too high to be brooding

This looks like Pa perched on a favourite tree near the nest

Also a few juveniles came to visit
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:44 pm

On Jan 26 there was a large gathering of eagles on the Field Rd side late in the afternoon, around 5pm. I think there were more than in these pics as I could see them flying behind the trees.
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:54 pm

In Feb, we had some snow but Ma and Pa stayed around to guard their territory with a beautiful flying display on Feb 3
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:55 pm

Here is an extreme crop of one of the previous pictures from Feb 3 to show that the adult still has that strange talon on his/her right foot
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:11 pm

I saw Ma and Pa much more regularly in March including a few confrontations with the local Ravens. All pics from Mar 21
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Post by heatherj » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:14 pm

On Mar 23 I saw Ma and Pa mating - they look a little ruffled in the first pic :)

And then on Mar 28, Ma sitting in the nest, perhaps brooding?
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by stim » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:50 pm

Great shot of someone in the nest. :luck: I never knew about that strange talon you got a picture of Heather! I'd love to see them all splayed out to see how it sits. Congrats on probably eggs!

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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:38 pm

Thanks Sandra! I have some more recent photos that I'm still going through so I will definitely look out for that strange talon. Hopefully it has improved. :)
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 11:15 pm

On April 7 I got just a glimpse of a head in the nest in this long distance pic taken just before sunset.
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 11:20 pm

On April 14, Ma and Pa spent some time together just after sunset. They looked pretty relaxed about everything :)
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 11:29 pm

Ma and Pa were perched on a tree on the opposite side of the territory on April 20. They were there for quite some time and eventually decided to swoop down just the other side of the trees. I couldn't see what they were after but soon after both flew back towards the nest. The first eagle had something on the outside of his/her beak so perhaps they had spotted some possible food?

The first eagle that flew over me has that same elongated talon, see extreme crop in the last pic. If it is an injury s/he seems to be managing OK :)
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Post by heatherj » Sun May 05, 2019 11:33 pm

On April 22 I saw one adult carrying a grassy clump into the nest.....perhaps cleaning up after some youngsters? I do wonder about those dark tipped tail feathers - is this perhaps a new adult?

A few days earlier I had seen an adult swoop down for some grass about 10 feet away from me. S/he had flown right past me which was particularly thrilling. The main thing I remember is the incredible whooshing sound as s/he flew past me - the speed of the flight and the power of those wings.
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Mon May 06, 2019 8:08 pm

Our local Ravens were dive bombing one of the adults on Apr 26. We also had a visit from a couple of juveniles and one also got hassled by a Raven.

One adult, I think Ma, spent some time preening on a tree near the nest
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by stim » Wed May 08, 2019 12:02 pm

Great updates and shots Heather. Looks like things are going well here. I love your silhouette shots of Ma and Pa! As for the tail feathers, could be a new adult as the tail looks well rimmed with brown. Hard to say as the heads on both appear fully white. I was also wondering if the strange talon is part of a new adult with a birth defect or if it is an injury. You always find something to particularly watch for on this nest. :D

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:42 pm

Thanks Sandra! Usually something interesting happening here! :)

I saw Ma and Pa several times during May. They were always just perched around the area either next to each other or separately . They ddn't seem particularly busy and I didn't see any feeding going on. I am wondering if perhaps there there are no surviving eaglets this year? If one of the adults is new they may not have been successful this time. However its easy to be fooled by this nest as its so large and they may just be feeding any eaglets from the Field Rd side where I wouldn't be able to see it.
I have seen them hunting the Raven chicks though I haven't seen them bringing any Raven chicks back to the nest. But I have heard lots of fledged Raven chicks around so I think at least the Ravens have had a good year :)
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Ma perched nearby also on May 23
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:45 pm

And an early morning pic from June 1. Ma and Pa on the western edge of their territory I think watching the Ravens nest that is somewhere over in that direction. Or perhaps the neighbours chickens :)

I've been watching the nest and have seen no movement..... but I'll keep watching!
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by stim » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:54 pm

Hmmmm, not hearing any calling from the nest either? If this is a new adult you could be right about missing the nesting season.

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast BC - 2018/2019 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:11 pm

Sadly I haven't seen or heard any nesting activity for the last few weeks. Ma and Pa haven't been around very much during that period. They have stopped by occasionally but not enough to be caring for any eaglets. So I think I have to assume ... no eaglets this year :(

Fingers crossed for a successful season next year.
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