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Marsh Nest, Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast BC 2018/19

Post by stim » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:32 pm

Welcome to our nest! Please drop in to post pictures or comments should you see this nest in person or on this forum. This was a new nest in The Sechelt Marsh in 2017. In 2016 our adults made a couple of attempts to rebuild a fallen nest but high winds took the placed sticks before they were secure. The only new nest found anywhere near was at the top of Porpoise Bay, seen off the Public Pier. We dubbed it the Porpoise Bay nest not knowing if it was by our Marsh couple or an older Porpoise Bay couple thought to be nesting deeper into the stand of trees. A native man who lives across the bay from the nest and who has a relationship with these birds told us that they were the Marsh couple nesting there.
Now with this new nest built back at The Marsh we are watching to see if this nest and our Porpoise Bay nest are used this season or just one.

The former Marsh nest was discovered by a HWF friend Larry who was visiting us and our nests in 2012. It was a successful nest despite coming down in 2014, rebuilt and blew down again July 2015. They have changed trees for the 2016 season and now have moved back to a new tree in The Marsh.

2012 - 2 eaglets seen in July
2013 - 2 eaglets seen named Sea and Shell
2014 -2 eaglets seen. Nest was blown down during a storm July 2, eaglets fledged as far as we know.
2015 -January 27, a new nest was spotted in the same spot in the nest tree by Marg, a local HWF member. Both eaglets branched then fledged even though the nest collapsed and they had to spend a couple of weeks branching in the nest tree without a nest. The eaglets were named by our member Aspen's children... Chase & Sky!
2016-Two attempts to start a new nest were noted early in the season but the placed twigs blew down in storms. Then no evidence of nest building as a new nest appeared on Porpoise Bay.
2017-This couple built in a new tree in the Marsh, hatched 2 eaglets who somehow ended up on the ground near the end of June and were revived at OWL. Aug 1 they were both returned and released within the nesting territory. Sadly we did not know this had happened until Karen heard about and shared the information after the fact.
2018-2 youngsters hopefully fledged successfully.

No nesting took place at the Porpoise Bay nest so we have determined this must be the same couple who nested there 2015-2016.

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Post by stim » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:43 pm

I have seen more eagle action during the fall and winter with perching by the nest this couple used one season on Porpoise Bay. I have seen no eagle behaviour in the Marsh until I took this photo last Sunday, the 10th of March. I question whether I am seeing part of a white head brooding? Pic can be enlarged by clicking on it x 2.
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Post by stim » Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:12 pm

Returning to this nest Monday the 18th revealed Pa perched in the old nest tree by the road. There was calling going on between him and someone in the nest. :woohoo: I sat on the bench across the water from the nest tree, snapping pictures intermittently, could not see an eagle in the nest for sure but thought there was movement every now and then. This was around 2:00 pm.
Pa in the old nest tree. He soon flew off across the road in the direction of the top of Porpoise Bay.
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No sign of brooding.
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It was worth the wait to find these feathers in the nest. I suspect brooding is occurring. :D
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Post by heatherj » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:42 pm

Thanks for the updates Sandra. I'm glad to hear that nesting activity is progressing here.

I have visited the marsh a few times over the last few weeks when walking my dog and each time have heard or seen eagle activity. The funniest was about 3 weeks ago when I saw Pa bring a stick to the nest and carefully place it in one spot only to have Ma immediately pick it up, give Pa the stink eye and then carefully place it herself on the opposite side of the nest :) Pa looked so disappointed that Ma hadn't approved of his stick placement.

Sadly I didn't have my camera :(
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Post by stim » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:30 pm

Hahaha, just like on the cams. Ma the great stick placer. I love that you saw that.

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Post by stim » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:56 pm

I was back checking on our nest yesterday to find one eagle sitting high. I would tend to guess that they've had a hatch or 2 and that brooding is on chicks now. :luck:
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Post by heatherj » Mon May 06, 2019 10:04 am

I visited the march last Saturday (May 40 and saw one adult perched on a branch right above the nest keeping a close eye on the nest S/he stayed there the whole time I was walking around so perhaps keeping watch over some eaglets? I just had me phone camera with me so the image quality is really bad but I will post if I can tweak the pic enough to make it useful :)

Interestingly while I was at the marsh I saw another pair of eagles off in the distance in a huge tree above where the Porpoise bay nest is. I didn't have time to investigate but perhaps another pair are checking out that nest?
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Post by stim » Wed May 08, 2019 12:09 pm

Thank you for your report on our Marsh nest Heather. Adults on cam are leaving the youngsters alone in the nest but not far away. They can regulate their own body heat now.
Our friend Arlene told me that she had seen 2 adult eagles perched above and very close to the old PB best during the winter months. I've taken pictures of the nest but did not see any upgrades to it. I kind of wondered if the Marsh couple would nest there again this year but obviously they didn't. So if you know that our eaglets were being watched by an adult nearby while 2 were perched near the PB nest, we must have another couple in the area.

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Post by stim » Wed May 22, 2019 12:01 pm

It's been a week since I visited this nest. Pics are from May 15. The nest sits beside a pond well used by mallard ducks and Canada geese to raise their young. Easy pickings for the eagles in the nest tree above.
Not nearly as mainly ducklings as there were. I'm sure some have been taken to Porpoise Bay for safety.
I settled on the bench across the pond from the nest tree to get these shots.
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On first arriving it looked like a feeding was going on in the nest. No crying for food heard.
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I saw Pa fly over the nest quite low then while I watched the goslings he must have landed in the nest.
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He moved a few sticks then flew out while Ma watched him depart.
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One more shot of the goslings while I sat enjoying myself.
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Post by stim » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:30 pm

Back to this nest today. I am sure I saw movement of 2 eaglets, one in behind this one. I had hardly placed myself on the bench across the pond from the nest when the eaglet or eaglets hunkered back down out of sight. Not sure which adult this is standing guard.
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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:29 pm

Lovely pictures of the goslings and ducklings Sandra. And of course the eagles ..... and the eaglet! :D

I visited last weekend and I agree that there are definitely fewer ducklings and goslings. And the goslings that were there are no longer cute :( They are now in the scruffy transitional feathers stage.

I visited the Marsh a couple of times in May so have a few pics of Ma and/or Pa on guard duty.
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From May 9. One adult on guard
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Also from May 9, about 10 mins later. The other adult arrived to also keep watch
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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:31 pm

On May 12 I walked down to the pier and saw one adult perched by a nest hole near the old eagle nest. Not sure if the hole was occupied but it certainly looks as though the adult had heard something inside. :)

This adult left shortly afterwards and flew back to the marsh
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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:33 pm

On a visit on May 16 I saw one adult sitting behind the nest keeping watch but nothing to see in the nest
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Post by heatherj » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:41 pm

I visited last weekend (June 1) and saw an eaglet too .... and I'm pretty sure a second eaglet! So I think you are right Sandra!

One eaglet was sitting up as I think an adult was feeding the eaglet(s) Then a second eaglets back appeared on the left :)

And to finish off, a poop shoot over the edge. Luckily no-one was walking under the nest at that moment!!
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One eaglet sitting up in the nest with an adults back just visible
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Adult feeding an eaglet
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Looks like a 2nd eaglet on the left??
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I just missed catching the poop shoot!
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Post by stim » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:08 am

I've never seen the hole in a tree near the old PB nest Heather! Looks like a possible nest site. Good timing to see the adult fly back to the Marsh.
And yes, it looks like you caught 2 eaglet bottoms in your picture! Normally we count by head numbers. :w00t: Good try with the poop shot. Split second timing is needed. I am always amazed when they are caught on nest cams.
I'll let Maureen know you counted 2 here.

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Post by stim » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:26 pm

On Tues June 18 only 1 eaglet was visible sitting up proudly at the edge of the nest. A nice big healthy looking bird.
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Post by Mushka » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:16 pm

Drove by the nest on my way to the Government Wharf this morning and saw one eaglet perched outside of the nest on a branch. It was raining quite hard so I didn't take any pictures.

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Post by stim » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:22 am

Thank you for the update Karen! We have to be thankful for the rain and not mind it prevented you from taking pics. :D

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Post by Mushka » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:30 pm

I was back in Sechelt this morning so stopped by the nest again, not just a driveby this time. I again saw one eaglet perched on a branch beside the nest, but couldn't see any sign of the second one, that has been seen by Heather and Sandra, from on the road or from inside the Marsh. I wonder if one fell out of the nest and is in care ? The youngster on the branch was doing some calling but I didn't see any adults while I was there.

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This one from inside the Marsh

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Post by stim » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:07 pm

Thanks Karen! We have one doing what we want them to do. Hard to say if we will suddenly see 2 or if something has happened to the other. I've heard nothing. :(

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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:18 pm

Great updates Sandra and Karen.
I have been visiting this nest too but have not been very good at keeping up with posting my pics :( So here are a few pics from June. One of an adult on June 6 and 2 of the nest with 1 eaglet visible on June 29. The 2 later pics were taken about 10 mins apart so the eaglet had been moving around the nest.
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1) From June 6 with one adult peeking out from the nest
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2) Perhaps an eaglet just visible at the back right corner of the nest
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3) An eaglet sitting preening in the middle of the nest
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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:24 pm

I visited on July 4 and saw an eaglet perched on a branch right by the nest at first snoozing but then preening. A couple of mins later an adult, I think Pa, flew in and made a food drop. I missed the actual drop but the eaglet jumped into the middle of the nest and was obviously tucking right into something :) I only saw one eaglet.

Pa then flew back over to the alternate nest tree where I hadn't noticed Ma had been sitting. They both then decided to serenade each other :)
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1) Eaglet snoozing near the nest
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2) Eaglet preening near the nest
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3) Just after a food drop by Pa
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4) Pa leaving the nest to fly over to Ma
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5) Ma and Pa celebrating a breakfast delivery!
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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:29 pm

I visited again on July 21 and no activity at the nest. I looked around and saw an eagle silhouetted over on the alternate nest tree ..... and as I got closer I saw that it was an eaglet! So one definite fledge! :woohoo:

I walked around the marsh right underneath him/her. S/he looked my way but seemed really unconcerned and quickly went back to looking around at the neighbourhood.
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1) All quiet at the nest
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2) Eaglet silhouette
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3) Eaglet closeup 1
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4) Eaglet closeup 2
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Post by heatherj » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:35 pm

I visited again today, saw 1 adult and heard 1 eaglet but wasn't able to see where the eaglet was sitting. No pics uploaded yet but I will add some if any look interesting.

Again the nest looked empty so there may only be 1 eaglet from this nest this year. I looked back over the pics on the thread and couldn't see any that definitely showed 2 eaglets, just the possibility of 2. But you never know they may surprise us yet! :)
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Post by stim » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:48 am

Thank you Heather! It is satisfying to know we have a fledge at this nest. I was sure at the time that I saw movement of a second eaglet and you were suspicious as well. I hate to think we lost an eaglet but fear that may be the case. :(

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Post by stim » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:39 pm

I will now lock this thread in anticipation of starting a new one with positive sightings this coming nesting season. :luck:

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