Marsh Nest, Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast BC 2019-2020

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Marsh Nest, Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast BC 2019-2020

Post by stim » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:01 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 discovered the Porpoise Bay nest did indeed belong to this couple 2015-16. No nesting has taken place there since they moved back to their Marsh.

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, a Sitka Spruce.

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.
2019-Both Heather and I saw movement indicative of there being 2 eaglets in this nest but only 1 was seen to be branching and to have fledged.

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Post by heatherj » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:58 pm

Thanks for opening the new thread Sandra! Fingers crossed for another successful season :)

I visited the Marsh last Sunday and saw an adult flying into the nest with a big stick! I didn't have a camera or binos with me so lost sight of the adult somewhere around the nest. But a couple of mins later s/he flew off into the branches of a tree near the alternate nest tree - minus the stick so s/he must have found a spot for it :)

2019/20 has begun I think!
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Post by stim » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:20 am

Awesome Heather! First confirmation of action here again this fall. :woohoo:

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Post by Mushka » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:39 pm

Thank you for opening this thread Sandra! And great news Heather! I've driven by the Marsh a couple of times in the past few weeks and haven't seen any activity at, or near, the nest so glad you did see he/or she there, and with a stick too.

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Post by heatherj » Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:26 pm

I saw one adult perched near the old nest tree when I was at the Marsh on Thu morning

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Post by stim » Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:20 am

Thank you Heather! Loving all the eagle sightings lately. :love:

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Post by stim » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:25 pm

Was at the Marsh on Nov 1 to find Pa in his perch tree, the old nest tree. Suddenly there was lots of calling by 2 eagles and Ma appeared perched beside him. I loved hearing the calling as well as seeing them together. :luck:

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Post by heatherj » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:54 pm

That's great news Sandra - I'm glad to hear that both Ma and Pa are back!

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Post by Mushka » Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:32 pm

Sorry to take so long posting these pictures, I was in Sechelt on November 30th and did a quick "loop" around the Marsh, it was a dreary drizzly day so didn't expect to see much but then heard an eagle calling and looked over towards the nest and saw one of the adults in the nest, quickly followed by the second adult!

The pictures were taken from inside the Marsh near the bench closest to the nest.

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The first adult I noticed in the nest
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Joined soon after by the second adult
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After a short time one of the adults hopped onto the branch and then flew off

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Post by stim » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:44 am

You certainly timed your visit right Karen! Thanks for sharing!

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Post by stim » Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:55 pm

A quick stop passing by this nest Feb 8 found Pa in his perch tree in the old nest tree and the nest looking good and ready for use again this year.
As observed from Osprey and Wharf Ave.
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Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:06 pm

I was walking around the marsh this morning and heard an eagle calling from inside the nest and another from a tree closer to the road. I couldn't see either of them but I heard the calls from the nest a few times while I was there.

Maybe somebody is incubating?!?! :luck: :luck: :luck:
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Post by stim » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:17 am

Definitely sounds promising Heather. Thank you!

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Post by JudyB » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:05 pm

Fund Drive for Hard Drives

Good afternoon, everyone! I have just learned that we do not have the hard drives we need to record our cams as we approach little chick time - and we do not have the funds necessary to buy them.

These are the high resolution drives that are connected directly to the cams at the site, making it possible to record high quality videos of events at the nests - and we usually have them up and running before the eggs are laid. As you know, we already have eggs at three of our four nests, and they are likely any day now at the fourth nest - so time is of the essence.

Our tech person Ken is estimating that it will cost about $7000 to buy the high quality, high capacity drives needed for our 9 cams, and while we are keeping up with our regular monthly expenses, we don't have the extra money needed to buy and install the hard drives.

I know this is a hard time financially for many of us, with many businesses closed - but it may also be a time when some of us are staying home and watching the eagles after cancelling planned trips or dinners out - and I'd like to ask those who can to contribute towards these hard drives.
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Post by stim » Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:51 pm

I finally got to this nest site with my camera April 7. Pa was visible in a tree about 2 over from the nest tree, facing the nest and the wind. I was across the water from him. He called and was answered from the nest. No eagle visible.
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As I lowered my camera I saw Ma fly from the nest toward the Lighthouse. Pa flew to the nest and quickly disappeared into its depth.
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Before I left Ma flew back around, looked at the nest and then took off across the top of the Bay. What a good Ma, making sure all was attended to before leaving.
The nest as seen from Osprey St.
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Post by Mushka » Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:59 pm

What a great visit and pictures Sandra! I stopped in on April 16th and didn't see as much active at the nest though did find both adults at home, one even took a couple of swoops in at the ducks at the Marsh while I was there causing quite the commotion. Along with the regular gang, Mallards and Canada Geese, there was a pretty female Canvasback duck and Northern Pintail couple there.

Karen H

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Eagle couple at the nest, picture taken from inside the Marsh
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Female canvasback visitor to the Marsh
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Male Northern Pintail

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Post by stim » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:38 am

Very nice photos Karen. I'm glad you didn't have to witness 1 of our eagle couple succeed in trying to capture a duck!

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Post by heatherj » Wed May 13, 2020 9:43 pm

I visited the Marsh last Sunday and saw an adult sitting on the edge of the nest looking very intently at something in the nest .... hopefully an eaglet or two? :luck:

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Post by stim » Sun May 24, 2020 5:18 pm

It's taken a while to post. These photos were taken on Mothers Day, May 10. Sitting on my favourite bench across the water from the nest tree I could easily see Ma in the nest but no youngsters. I was thrilled on discovering them in my photos. Ma stayed mainly on the nest, did a fly about with Pa out over Porpoise Bay and spent some time in a perch tree near the nest tree with him. Below there were ducks, geese, goslings paddling about in the water.

Enlarge the photo by clicking x 2. One youngster in front, our left of Ma. Behind it you can see the beak and head of a second. They still have down on their heads.
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If you look between the eaglet in front and Ma, part of an an eaglet's head and eye can be seen.
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Cinnamon Teal duck without a mate swimming below the nest.
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