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Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - Seasons 2018-2021

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:37 pm
by Debs

Welcome to the Sauces 2021 Nesting Season :wave:

Update - we are extending this thread to include the 2018-2021 Nesting Seasons;

The 2021 season begins HERE
The 2020 season begins HERE
The 2019 season begins HERE
The 2018 season begins HERE

Meet the Sauces Pair - A48 (Female) & A40 (Male) :wub:
Jan 6 Sauces Pair working on est.JPG
Feb 8 650 pm eggs.JPG
A-48/Audacity Resident Female
The resident female #A-48 is originally from the SF Zoo; she was released or fledged from: North Hacktower on June 14, 2006. A48's leg band identifier: 629-52406 Lost both blue wing blings in 2015 (July and November)

A-40/Jax Resident Male

The resident male # A-40 (M) originally from the SF Zoo; Released from South Hacktower on July 2, 2005. A40's leg band identifier: 629-47391 Blue wing blings lost in January 2013 and September 2014.

In March 2013 A48 joined A40 at the Sauces nest and she has been the resident female ever since.

Link to the Sauces Eagle Cam

Sauces Nest and Territory
This nest is off the coast of all times are expressed in the Pacific time zone.
a Northern Channel Islands May 2014 Courtesy of Dave Rempel IWS.JPG

2021 Nesting Season

- Eggs laid: Feb 1, 3:11 pm; the cam went down shortly after the first egg was laid; when it came back up on February 10, there were three eggs in the nest.
- Eggs Broke: two eggs broke on February 12
- Hatched:
- Banded:
- Named:
- Fledged:

2020 Nesting Season

- Eggs laid: Feb 21, 4:47 pm; Feb 29, 3:38 pm; Mar 4, 3:04 pm; Mar 7, 1:30 pm
- Eggs Broke: all eggs broke fairly soon after being laid; the final one lasted the longest - about 3-1/2 days
- Hatched:
- Banded:
- Named:
- Fledged:

2019 Nesting Season

- Eggs laid: Feb 5, Feb 8, Feb 11 (642 pm)
- Eggs Broke: Two eggs broke Feb 11
- Hatched: Mar 19, 10:19 am (36 days)
- Banded: 41/A (female)
- Named: Kaiannika (the name is a combination of names of the donor's daughter and granddaughter)
- Fledged: June 9, 12:18 pm (82 days)

Sauces History

This nest and pair(s) have had several failed nesting seasons; cause is unknown some of us wonder if pollution is a contributing factor.

2018 - Eggs laid: Feb 2, Feb 5 & Feb 8; Hatch Dates: Mar 13th, 14th & 16th; Banded on May 1, 2018 - 08/A Name: HP, 19/A Name:
Saucy & 51/A Name: Corsair; Leg Bands 08/A (F), 19/A (F) & 51/A (M)
Fledge Dates 51/A fledged May 30th at 6:47pm; 19/A fledged May 31st at 9:09am; 08/A fledged June 9th at 8:35am
2017- 8 Eggs laid over two clutches all broke; 5 eggs in the first clutch and 3 eggs in the second clutch; thin egg shells likely the cause.
2016 - Two chicks; both fledged; A62 & A63
2015 - Nest failed; Egg(s) laid; eggs broke
2014 - Nest failed; Eggs laid in Feb; both eggs broke; second clutch attempt a month later resulted in one egg being laid; egg broke; nest failed
2013 - Nest failed; Two Eggs incubated Intruder arrived into their territory early March; On March 4 2013; A27 disappeared while defending her nest; The resident male A40 attempted to incubate eggs alone until March 7 but eventually he had to leave the nest and ravens swooped in and stole both eggs! A few days later a new female appeared at the nest A49 Cruz there was speculation that Cruz might be the new female a this nest. However, a few days later another female A48 joined A40 on the nest; A48 replaced A27 and is now the new female at this nest. Note A27 was later seen with A-68 hanging out together in the Baby’s harbor area ... A27 and A68 fledged a chick together in 2015!
2012 -Two chicks fledgled; banded June 8 2012 .. A-81 & A-82
2011 - One Chick fledged; banded June 2 2011 A-73 Note Change in pairing - In Feb 2011 the original male A28 was replaced by another male A40; A27 and A40 successfully raised and fledged one chick
2010 - One Chick fledged; Note A27 becomes the new female at this nest and together A27 and A28 successfully raised and fledged one chick
2009 - Nest failed; July 22 2009 resident female A02 deceased; body found in Pozo, CA
2008 - Nest failed; A28 male and A02 female become a pair at the Sauces nest
2007 - Non Nesting Season? - A02 and A28 paired up at the Sauces nest

2018 IWS Eaglets Names

58/A, the Baby's Harbor female, has been named Arleen

22/A, a Bald Canyon male, has been named Julian

35/A, a Fraser Point female, has been named Nellie
44/A, the Fraser Point male, has been named Soar
52/A, a Fraser Point female, has been named Atsa (eagle in Navajo)

05/A, a Lopez Canyon male, has been named Pekelo (Peter in Hawaiian)
29/A, a Lopez Canyon male, has been named Phoenix

21/A, the Los Pinos female, has been named Sunny

31/A, the Pelican Harbor male, has been named Carson (after Rachel Carson)

30/A, the Pinnacle Rock male, has been named Kalani (Of the heavens - Hawaiian origin)

27/A, a Rattlesnake Canyon male, has been named Timbo

08/A, a Sauces Canyon female, has been named HP.
19/A, a Sauces Canyon female, has been named Saucy (Having a bold, lively or spirited manner)
51/A, the Sauces Canyon male, has been named Corsair

23/A , the Seal Rocks male, has been named Wraymond

40/A, the West End female, has been named Aria

Adults that were names this year:

A-32, the Bald Canyon female, has been named Chinook

K-81, the Two Harbors male, has been named Chase. (of early medieval English origin for an exceptionally skilled huntsman)

K-82, the Two Harbors female, has been named Cholyn, (pronounced Cho lyn), which is a combination of Linda S. and her husband's names, which they've used since their marriage 51 years ago)

K-88, the Pinnacle Rock adult male has been named Muir, (after John Muir, the California naturalist and the Father of our National Parks)

2017 Nesting Season

8 eggs were laid over two clutches but unfortunately all 8 eggs broke.

First Clutch - Eggs laid on Jan 31, Feb 3, Feb 6, Feb 9 and Feb 12, 2017 - 5 eggs in the first clutch
Second Clutch; Eggs laid on March 3, March 9 and March 12, 2017 - 3 eggs in the second clutch

Dr. Sharpe posted this on IWS
"As have many of you, we have been intently watching the Bald Eagle pair at Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island. We are disheartened to see that the most recent eggs broke yesterday. We do not know why the eggs keep breaking, but will continue to monitor the nest and further investigate the cause. We will attempt to collect prey samples and eggshell fragments and analyze them for contaminant levels and eggshell thinning. Although this is an unfortunate situation for this pair, we are encouraged by their successful nesting in 2016 and the continued recovery of the Bald Eagle population across the Channel Islands. Thank you to all the dedicated web cam viewers for your observations and concern for the pair.

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Important Links

Link to the 2018 Sauces Thread up to Feb 25, 2018 ... 47#1050547

Link to the 2017 Combined Thread for the Channel Islands Nesting Pairs ... 037#912037

Facebook - Institute for Wildlife Studies ... CH&fref=nf

Facebook - Bald Eagles 101

Resource Information
The Channel Islands Live -Eagle Cam Forum (CHIL) has an extensive journal on the Channel Islands Eagles and you can access information on the history of these majestic families here:

Wing-Bling Reference Chart ... topic=4674

Pat (Cumbrian) of CHIL has completed the Class of 2018 ... its an awesome summary of all the Channel Island Bald Eagle families complete with maps and pictures of the nesting territories click on link below ... 11459.html

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:51 pm
by Debs
History of the Channel Islands Bald Eagle Restoration Project
as per the Institute for Wildlife Studies Web Site

In 2002, funding provided by the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program allowed IWS to begin a five-year feasibility study to determine if bald eagles could be successfully restored on the northern Channel Islands, California. The project objectives were to release 12 bald eagles per year on Santa Cruz Island (hereafter Santa Cruz) by hacking and then to carefully monitor the eagles' movements, forage use, and survival. Forage use and analyses of prey samples are to be used to evaluate the potential source of organochlorine contaminants that could affect the establishment of a self-sustaining bald eagle population. Santa Cruz is located approximately 20 miles off the coast of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Santa Cruz is the largest of the eight California Channel Islands, measuring about 38 km in length and 12 km wide at its widest point. The National Park Service (NPS) owns and manages the eastern 24% of the island and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owns and manages the western 76% of the island.

Since June 2002, IWS has released 63 young bald eagles from two hacking (release) towers located on the NPS portion of Santa Cruz. Each tower has two cages, each of which can hold up to four young eagles being prepared for release. The eaglets were produced by the Avian Conservation Center at the San Francisco Zoo or collected from wild nests near Juneau, Alaska when they were about 8 weeks old. The birds were kept in the cages until they were ready to fly at about 12 weeks of age. They were fed a variety of foods that they encounter once released and we monitored them using a closed-circuit video system to insure that each bird was eating and behaving normally.

When the birds were approximately 11 weeks old, we fit each bird with a combination satellite/VHF transmitter, light blue patagial wing markers, and federal leg band. The satellite transmitters record hourly GPS locations of the bird and then upload them to a satellite approximately every three days. We are then able to download the data and determine where the birds have been. You can follow the paths of some of these birds here.
When the birds were approximately 12 weeks old, we opened the release doors on each cage. It took up to two weeks for the birds to fledge from the towers. We continued to place food items in and around the towers to provide a known food source for the birds while they developed their flight/scavenging skills.

In 2006, two pairs of bald eagles successfully hatched one eagle chick each. These were the first known successful bald eagle nests on the California Channel Islands in about 50 years. One pair of these eagles was originally released on Santa Catalina Island in 2001 (Male K-10) and 2002 (Female K-26). The second pair was comprised of a Catalina male released in 2001 (K-11) and a female released on Santa Cruz Island in 2002 (A-04).

As of the end of 2009, there are estimated to be about 40 bald eagles on the northern Channel Islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel), including birds released on Santa Cruz, at least three Catalina-released birds, and a few unmarked eagles from the mainland.

Note: In 2014 the IWS discontinued the general use of all types of transmitters.

For more information contact Dr. Peter Sharpe

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:51 pm
by Debs
Posted 1/6/18 on the IWS Facebook page:

"Our webpage with the live nest cams is changing to to simplify and make it easier to share. We have expanded from cameras on just bald eagle nests to include a peregrine falcon nest on Anacapa Island (hopefully will be used in 2018) and will soon include a new camera from a red-tailed hawk nest at the Presidio in San Francisco. It sounds like progress was made today with an internet connection to Santa Cruz Island, so we hope to have the Fraser Point and Sauces eagle nests back online in the near future. The former webpage ( will remain active until we have it automatically rerouted to the new page for all of you that have it bookmarked."

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:56 pm
by Debs
2018 Hatch Timelines - Channel Island Pairs with Eagle Cams
2018 Hatch Timelines Channel Islands BE Pairs March 11 2018.JPG

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:58 pm
by Debs
Scrub Jays`and other birds often stop by the nest especially in the off season.
Scrub Jay.jpg
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Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:00 pm
by Debs
Feb 25, 2018

Things are going well for our Sauces pair ... all three eggs are looking good!

Dad Incubating Beauty
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555 pm
Egg Check
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Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:03 pm
by Debs
606 pm
Switch to Mom for the night shift
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Dad says to Mom on his way out of the nest ... It`s about time you showed up!
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Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:53 am
by Debs
March 9 2018

Good Afternoon Sauces

We are on pip watch at this nest.
All three eggs appeared intact this morning but Mom did appear to be listening a bit.
It is Day 35 for the first egg so we could see a pip here anytime and a hatch will likely be on or around Day 38.
march 9 1130 am eggs.JPG
March 9 906 am.JPG
march 9 907 am mom and eggs.JPG

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:54 am
by Debs

Three Eggs - Is Mom Hearing her Baby Chicks -Fish Delivery - Pip Watch - Sauces - March 9, 2018

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:09 pm
by Debs
Sauces Hatch Guidelines 2018 Nesting Season.JPG

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:45 am
by Debs
March 11, 2018

Morning Sauces

I think we have a hatch underway ... saw a nice pip hole this morning while there was a switch from Mom to Dad.
Here are two captures as Dad takes over incubating duties

Dad takes over and we get a good look at the pip.
Today is Day 37 for the egg #1
March 11 725 am pip.JPG
March 11 Pip Seen 725 am.JPG
Switch - Dad lands at nest - Mom is incubating
March 11 724 am switch.JPG

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:03 am
by Debs

Pip Hole Seen on Switch - Hatch Underway - Sauces Bald Eagles - March 11, 2018

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:07 am
by Debs
905 am
Dad was up and re-positioned but he never
gave us a view of the eggs.

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:23 am
by Debs
1110 am
Eggs appear intact; no pip seen on this check, however, there could be a pip just not visible on this check.
March 11 1110 am eggs.JPG

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:12 pm
by Debs
Hatch underway

So happy for our Sauces Pair :rh:

Pip ping - Beautiful Pip Seen with Feathers Peeking Thru - Sauces - March 11, 2018

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:14 pm
by Debs
Sometime tomorrow we will have a new bobble :rh:

904 pm
Pip seen
March 11 904 pm pipping.JPG
725 pm
Pip seen
March 11 725 am pip.JPG
205 pm
Listening to the eggs
March 11 2015 pm listening.JPG

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:00 am
by Pat P
After the heartbreak of last season for these 2 mighty eagles, it is so good to see this pip. :woohoo:

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:24 pm
by rainna4
I am so thrilled at not only the 3 eggs, but a pip in progress! This nest needs/deserves all great things to happen. They are so precious and I will hope that all 3 of the precious little eaglets survive and thrive!

So happy for ma and pa!


Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:10 pm
by rainna4
Thank you Karenbills! :)


Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:19 pm
by bev.
tuesdy march13

soon we will have 2 wee ones . shells are cracked

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:32 pm
by rainna4
I tried to hard to catch a great scrap of the eggs, but my cat was on my desk and I just couldn't manage to get the shot fast enough. Still I want to report that one of the eggs is cracked way around one entire side and you can certainly see fuzzy feathers! So excited I can hardly type!
This is the picture that I managed to get and hopefully someone else was able to get a much better pic of the eggs!
Sauces eggs,  2018-03-13 19-26-22.jpg

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:01 pm
by Debs
We have two chicks nearly out of their shell so eggciting

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:22 pm
by Debs
Congratulations to Mom and Dad Sauces on their safe arrival of their sweet baby chick :rh:
March 13 742 pm.JPG
March 13 542 pm hatchling.JPG
March 13 543 pm new baby.JPG

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:42 pm
by Debs
Pat P & Ranni :bye 1: Welcome ... Great to see you both here.

Bev, Rainni, Pat P thanks so much for your reports.

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:52 pm
by rainna4
Oh My Deb, tears to my heart of happiness! Look at that little precious angel, oh my gosh I'm just so happy! Thank you Deb for such precious captures of those beautiful pictures! Your the best!

May I have your permission with you listed as the credit for the one of the pictures to post over at our Eagle Chatters nest forum? Some of us have followed this nest from previous seasons and i know Pascale for one would be overjoyed at this?


Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:06 pm
by bev.
oh, this just makes my day. they so deserve this

thanks you for the pciutres.

and my heart is full :rh:

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:19 pm
by Debs
Rainni you are welcome and yes feel free to share my captures. I am working on video footage too.

Bev ... you are welcome and i echo your comment our hearts are full :rh:

Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:40 pm
by rainna4
Thank You so much Debs, I have a picture posted over at the Eagle Chatters, I know some of us followed this nest last season, this news will bring much happiness to many folks.

I am thrilled your putting a video together, I will make sure my tissue box is close by when I watch it :rh: :ty: :hatch:


Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:51 pm
by rainna4
Here is a picture from moments ago! So precious


Re: Sauces - Santa Cruz Island - 2018

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:09 am
by Pat P
:hug: Congrats 40 & 48 on your 1st chick hatching. Now 2 more to go.