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Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:52 pm
by sassyk
Welcome to the Beacon Hill Park Eagles thread for the 2019/2020 season. This thread is dedicated to observations, photos, videos and discussion of the eagles who inhabit this nest in Beacon Hill Park, within the City of Victoria, BC. These eagles have been seen quite often perched atop the totem pole on the edge of the woodsy area of the park, near Dallas Rd. and Cook St. Over the years there have been several nests in other areas within the park but the eagles have been using the nest near the playground for many years. This past season the eagles produced two eaglets, but sadly they both died in the nest. Their bodies were removed by the authorities and sent to the ministry facility for necropsy. After several attempts to receive information from the ministry regarding the cause of the deaths, I have not obtained any information.

Info and photos of the past season can be found here.

Links to previous seasons are available here.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:29 am
by Calypso
One of the BHP eagles has returned. S/He was sitting on the rocks off Holland Point about 9:10 today, Sept 30. S/He then flew low over the water toward the Breakwater. Maybe landed on the lamp standards at Ogden Point, a favourite perch, but I didn't see him/her land.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:28 pm
by sassyk
Thanks for your report Calypso :thumlft: It's always good news to know one of them is in the territory :)

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:22 am
by Calypso
There was an eagle sitting atop the BHP totem at 9:30 this morning. It was backlit so I couldn't tell if it was mature.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:47 pm
by sassyk
Thanks for the info Calypso. I plan to visit the park soon.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:47 pm
by Calypso
One of the BHP eagles was on lookout duty at Ogden Point this morning. It was about 9 AM PST.
I have tried to attach a photo. Hope it works.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:38 pm
by sassyk
Calypso, thanks for posting the photo of the eagle at Ogden Point. I quite often see eagles perched there. I still don't know for sure if the eagles that perch there are from the Beacon Hill nest or the Saxe Pt. nest :dunno:

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:06 am
by Calypso
At ten o'clock this morning I saw a bald eagle fly east just off Holland Point. At few minutes later I saw two eagles flying just above the water, but not catching anything. I followed their direction and saw them both sitting on a rock offshore. I didn't have binoculars, but two other people confirmed they were bald eagles. This is the first time I have seen both eagles together since they returned.
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The photo is not sharp, it was taken with an iphone and edited a bit.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:32 pm
by gemini
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:10 pm
by sassyk
Calypso thanks for your report and photo :thumlft: Great to know both eagles have been seen in the area :woohoo:

I was at the park this afternoon. We saw an eagle flying in and thought it was going to land near the nest but it kept on going. We wandered over to see if it was on the totem pole but we didn't see it again. We thought it might have gone to Clover Point but we didn't have time to go there.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:10 pm
by Calypso
I saw an adult eagle today just after 12 noon. I was driving north on Douglas at Simcoe, admiring the double rainbow, when a mature eagle flew south along the edge of BHP. No time for a photo but it was low enough to see great detail. Perhaps that was the same one you saw, sassyk.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:53 pm
by Calypso
This morning I saw an adult bald eagle sitting on the rocks at Holland Point.
Eagle at Holland Point Dec 4 2019.jpg
Others said there had been two eagles there, and it sort of looks like another pair of legs but no white head.
The eagle was there for half an hour, and perhaps longer.
Some people with sharp eyes saw a breakfast fish and the resident otters as well. I was just happy I had my phone and could get this blurry and hyper-edited picture.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:23 pm
by sassyk
Calypso glad you got that photo of the eagle :thumlft: I haven't been out much lately, too many things to do at this time of the year. It would help if we had some nice weather :luck:

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:33 pm
by Calypso
Both BHP eagles were on the same lamp standard at Ogden Point this morning. In all the time I have watched them I have never seen them on the same standard!

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:01 pm
by sassyk
Great photo Calypso :thumlft: Good to see them both together and looking healthy :rh:

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:09 am
by Calypso
Two adult bald eagles were on the lamp standard at Ogden Point this morning. They were very vocal.
I didn't have my camera this time.

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:29 pm
by sassyk
Thanks for posting your observations Calypso :thumlft: I plan to get out one day between Christmas and New Years to visit the park and a few other places where eagles hang out :)

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:13 pm
by sassyk
I went to the park today to see if the eagles were there. One was perched atop the totem pole :thumlft: It looked like it was the male but we didn't see the other one anywhere in the park.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:17 pm
by sassyk
The nest looked like part of it had fallen down and my friend and I both thought it looked very different than the last time we saw it. It almost looked like the nest had been moved to another branch on the nest tree :dunno: It was late in the afternoon and the sun was low in the sky.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:57 am
by Calypso
At 9:40 this morning an adult eagle flew low over the Dallas Rd path, headed towards Ogden Point. I think I was the only one who noticed, everyone else was looking at their phones!

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:45 pm
by sassyk
Thanks Calypso I don't even have a cell phone :roll:

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:47 am
by Calypso
Unfortunately I didn’t carry my phone on this morning’s dog walk.
A large adult bald eagle was sitting on a high log right off Holland Point Park. She was there from 9:45 to 10:15 at least. A few people noticed and one took a photo.
I assumed it was a female from the size. She had a full white head that actually formed a cape on her shoulders. There appeared to be one white feather in the middle of her breast. Sassyk, do you recognize her from this description?

Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:58 pm
by sassyk
Calypso Thanks for your report :thumlft: I don't recall seeing a white feather in the middle of either of the Beacon Hill eagles' chest. It very well could have been one of them and it could also have been one from the Saxe Pt. Park nest :dunno: