Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

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Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:28 pm

:hi:

Welcome to the Bald Canyon 2019 Nesting Season :wave:

Meet the Bald Canyon Pair :wub:
A32 Resident Female & and K76 the Resident Male
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The resident female A32 is 15 years old and she is from a nest near Juneau, Alaska; released on September 12, 2004 from the North Hacktower. A32 has a FWS Leg Band: 629-47380.

The resident male K-76 is 12 years old. Hatched from Twin Rocks on April 3 or April 4 2007 and was fostered back into the nest on April 10 2007. K76 has a federal leg band 629-52430

The nest is located on San Clemente Island.
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Link to the IWS All Eagle Cams Page

http://www.iws.org/livecams.html

Direct Link to the Bald Canyon Cam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa6Z12zixkM

Summary 2019 Nesting Season

Eggs Laid - March 11, 14 2019
Hatched -
Banding -
Fledged -

Summary 2018 Nesting Season

Eggs Laid - March 6/7, March 10, 2018
Hatched - April 12 and April 13 2018
Banding - Banded May 31st, too young for wing blings; both received Orange Leg Bands...both males; 49/A and 22/A
A49 died in the nest on June 9, 2018
Fledged -
Juvies last seen -

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 named 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)




Summary 2017 Nesting Season
Eggs Laid - March 5 & 8, 2017
Hatched - April 11, 2017 & April 13, 2017
Banding - Chicks were banded on May 27, 2017; A-01 (F) Keena & A15 (M) Wrigley; leg bands only no blings.
Fledged - Wrigley - June 28, 2017 at 5:47am.and Keena - July 2, 2017 at 10:27am.
Juvies last seen - Unknown as cam went down July 27, 2017

Bald Canyon History
2014 - A32 and K76 become a bonded pair
2015 - Fledged 2 chicks; both have leg bands 5D & 5M
2016 - A32 lost her left wing-bling
2016 - Fledged 2 chicks; no leg bands; nest not accessible during banding season
2017 - Two Chicks A01- Keena (F) and A15 (M) Wrigley. Wrigley fledged on June 28 and Keena on July 2, 2017

Chicks on Banding Day May 27, 2017
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Important Links

Link to the 2018 Bald Canyon thread to Feb 25, 2018
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... 27#1050527

Link to the 2017 thread, which was a combined thread for all the Channel Island Eagle Nests
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... =&show=100

Institute for Wildlife Studies - Main Page
http://www.iws.org/

Institute for Wildlife Studies - Eagle Cam Page
http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html

Facebook Institute for Wildlife Studies
https://www.facebook.com/IWSEagles/?hc_ ... CH&fref=nf

Facebook Bald Eagles 101

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690426617860075/

Resource Information
The Channel Islands Live -Eagle Cam Discussion 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
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... topic=4674

CHIL - Nest Observations
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... howforum=5

Pat (Cumbrian) of CHIL Eaglecam Discussion forum completed a terrific summary of the 2017 Channel Islands Nesting Season; the document is called the Class of 2017 ... its an awesome summary of the bald eagle families complete with maps and pictures of the nesting territories; thank you Pat!
Click on link below
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... owforum=30

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:31 pm

History of the Channel Islands Bald Eagle Restoration Project - from 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
http://www.iws.org/staff_sharpe.html

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:37 pm

2018 Hatch Timelines - Channel Islands Bald Eagle Pairs

This may change yet ... if we see more eggs but this is how things look based on today`s date.
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:37 pm

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:44 pm

Feb 25, 2018

The Bald Canyon pair do not have any eggs yet ... so we are on egg watch here.

The birds visited the nest before dark; they did some digging in the egg cup area.
Dad i think tested the egg cup area while Mom watched lol.
They both exited the nest before dark.
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Raffs » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:33 pm

Feb, 27

13:34 - 14:01

She eat - he watch, but that was boring so he decided to left the nest after while :D
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by snowman1 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:21 am

Looks like shes laying the first egg of the season?

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:23 pm

March 9 2018

Afternoon Bald Canyon

Congrats to Mom and Dad on their first egg ... laid on March 6 or 7, 2018.

We could see another egg here today :rh:

Here is a view of the egg and a meal delivery early this morning.
March 9 BC Egg.JPG

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:25 pm

1225 pm
One egg still.
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:13 am

March 11 2018

Good Morning Bald Canyon

Egg #2 was laid yesterday ... congrats to our BC Pair :rh:

View of the eggs this morning on the switch.

821 am
March 11 821 am switch.JPG
March 11 821 am view of the eggs.JPG
Incubating
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:15 pm

March 25, 2018

Checked in on the family today; all looks well.
March 25 BC Eggs.JPG
March 25 BC Incubating.JPG

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:28 am

June 4, 2018

Where does the time go ... i have not had much time to post here but i will work on getting things caught up soon!

This pair has two beautiful chicks and both were banded on May 31, 2018. The kids were too small for wing blings so they both got orange leg bands 49/A-M & 22/A-M

Yesterday one of the chicks fell out of the nest (this nest is pretty low to the ground) and Dr. Sharpe has received permission to go to the nest today to check on the chick and return it to the nest. The young bird was located on the ground via panning the cam and it appears okay ... we will know more when Dr. Sharpe does a physical assessment.

Here is Dr. Sharpe's post on FB
Posted 6/4/18 on IWS Chat & the IWS Facebook page:

“The crew on San Clemente has access to the area where the nest is located until noon tomorrow, so will likely go put the eaglet back in the nest if it is uninjured.”


Talons crossed all is well.

Just took this capture ... still only one chick in the nest
June 6 623 am.JPG
Hope y'all have a terrific day ... now off to work i go.

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:39 pm

Dr. Sharpe and team went to the nest today; assessed the chick and then returned the young eagle to the nest.

These cams allow for safe interventions ... such a positive outcome.

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:44 pm

June 9 2018

Sadly it looks like the oldest BC chick has died. I was watching .... the chick looked weak collapsed got up couple of times then plopped down wings spanned out .. appeared to be gasping for air ... then after awhile it stopped breathing.

This was not the chick that fell off the nest ... so sad :brknhrt:

Dr. Sharpe reviewed video footage and reported this on chat

"I went back and watched the BC video. It almost looks like it was having seizures. This is the bird that did not fall out of the nest, so it was not an injury from a fall. I highly doubt we will go disturb the nest for a third time in just over a week to recover the bird because in all likelihood they could not determine a cause of death."

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:10 pm

I have been watching since A49 passed away and no adults have come to the nest yet.

The younger chick has been staying close to the body of its sibling :brknhrt:

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:54 pm

June 9 2018

750 pm
Both Mom and Dad are on the nest now; Mom was trying to nudge her dead chick as if to waken it ... so sad.

Mom tried to drag the body away; its sibling came running over as if to protest. Later Mom plucked some feathers off the body; then she exits the nest.

Dad stays for awhile longer.

Dad exits just before dark.

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:51 pm

I watched till it got dark ...

Soar High and Forever Free Lil One

A49 :rh:
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:41 pm

A49 April 12 to June 9, 2018

Soar High and Free Lil One :rh:
A Tribute to A49 and the Bald Canyon Family June 9 2018.jpg

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:53 am

:vid:

Chick Dies - Heart Break - Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - June 9 2018
https://youtu.be/3yg1tGndL-4

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Dino » Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:36 am

Sad day indeed. What a loss at such a young age. I am sure he has reached and crossed the rainbow bridge and joined the other precious eagles that have been lost this year and previously. Hard to take as we speak but you are in a better place. Help guide your surviving sibling to a full life with all of the skills he needs for a full and complete life. God bless this family and all who watch and love this nest.

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Philjo56France » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:50 am

Debs wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:41 pm
A49 April 12 to June 9, 2018

Soar High and Free Lil One :rh:

A Tribute to A49 and the Bald Canyon Family June 9 2018.jpg
I know how you feel now, I know words mean nothing at this moment but just a little message to say, i'm here with you, supporting you, during this terrific moment, as strong as i can.
and for little A49, Fly Free, Fly High with Always a Full crop. Rip my little friend.
I pray my litlle DH4, DN7 and DN8 and ask them to join little A49 to show him the way ... Courage :grhug:

Debs, I use you beautiful collage pic to honor the little A49
viewtopic.php?f=62&t=191&p=74531#p60760
like i asked you by pm. If you Don't want, do not hesitate,, tell me and i will erase the pic :huggie: Thanks by advance.
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:41 pm

June 28 2018

Philjo wonderful that you started a Memorial Thread and yes you may use any of my captures ... thank you for taking the time to honor these families :wub:

The bald canyon chick is still on the nest and i happened to tune in to see a fish delivery and a feeding.
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:54 pm

32 exited the nest after the feeding and the young eagle settles in for the night.
The body of the deceased chick is laying at the top of the nest; the adults have covered it with fluff and bedding.
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:11 am

For awhile now i have thought the Bald Canyon Chick - Julian was a bit delayed on the growth development chart... yesterday i watched the nest quite a bit and i am more concerned now since the chick does appears delayed compared to other chicks.
Julian is now 12 week old and i have not seen any strong wingercising, hoovers or branching and we should be seeing all three behaviors by now.

Here is the question i sent to Dr. Sharpe this morning

July 3, 2018

Morning Dr. Sharpe

I have not watched the Bald Canyon full time this year (work gets in the way) but when i do observe this nest the male chick Julian appears on the leaner side and its behavior seems delayed in comparison to other 12 week old chicks. I have not seen any strong wingercising, hoovering or branching yet and the chick is 12 weeks old.

Although the chick appears fine and somewhat active at times and is eating I am wondering if this chick is sick. I thought i saw similar behavior in the oldest chick before it died.

Would it be possible to zoom in the cam so we can have a closer look at Julian.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts; thanks as always.

Here is Dr. Sharpe's response
Here is Dr. Sharpe's reassuring response ... thanks Dr. Sharpe

The chick is about 11.5 weeks old, but it was at least a week behind the other chick in development when we banded them. There really is nowhere for the bird to branch, there is a branch over the nest that makes any jumping or flapping difficult, and there is very little wind in the canyon to hover in even if there was space. It is nearly impossible to tell whether a bird is fat or thin without holding it and feeling along its keel because they can control their feathers and make them stick out or lay flat. I can zoom in, but because I'm on vacation it may remain zoomed in without a view of the bird if it moves for days/weeks.

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Philjo56France » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:41 pm

Debs wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:41 pm
June 28 2018

Philjo wonderful that you started a Memorial Thread and yes you may use any of my captures ... thank you for taking the time to honor these families :wub:

The bald canyon chick is still on the nest and i happened to tune in to see a fish delivery and a feeding.

June 28 Fish D.JPGJune 28 2018 BC nest.JPG
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:05 am

July 6 2018
Good Morning BC Eagle Friends :bye 1:

I have been watching Julian on and off the last couple of days and we have observed this youngster self feeding (and being fed by the parents too) and doing wingercises regularly so things look to be progressing well. I was worried about this youngster but i feel reassured he is doing okay.

Here are two videos i captured that document Julian's progress.

Julian Exercises his Wings - July 5 2018 - Bald Canyon Nest
https://youtu.be/JhqsNT6VkJg

Flopping Fish - Julian Enjoys his Fish - Mom Helps Out - July 4 2018 - Bald Canyon Nest
https://youtu.be/w6UItL-eq68

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:32 pm

Mom lands at nest and Julian quickly runs over to mantle whatever the meal is ... no meal seen ... Julian was not happy :mihihi:
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July 6 7 pm Mom and Julian BC.JPG
730 pm
Mom has exited the nest; Julian is standing up at the top of the nest looking out.
July 6 730 pm.JPG
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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:05 pm

Feb 21, 2019

Good Evening Channel Islands :bye 1:

The Bald Canyon eagles were visiting their nest just before the cam went off line.

The Bald Canyon, West End and Two Harbors live eagle cams remain down.

Here is an update from Dr. Sharpe

There is only one road open to get across Catalina, and any rain closes a section of it about halfway to Two Harbors. I should be able to get to Two Harbors on Friday or Saturday (if it doesn't rain anymore) and realign the antennas for the Two Harbors and Bald Canyon cams. Sounds like the roads past Two Harbors are closed, so it would be a 2-day hike from Two Harbors to push the button on the West End inverter. Maybe the roads will be open when I get back from Santa Cruz again on March 6th.

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:15 pm

March 3, 2019

The cam is back on at this nest for a few days now; thanks Dr. Sharpe and Nate you guys rock!

The adults have been visiting the nest so hopefully we will soon see eggs at this nest.

March 1
So great to see this pair :wub:
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March 3, 2019
Tuned in at the right time; Mom is on the nest.
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520 pm
Mom looked like she was staying close to the nest tonight.
mar 3 520 pm.JPG

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Re: Bald Canyon Eagle Nest - San Clemente Island - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:01 pm

March 10, 2019

The adults returned to the nest before dark.
Should have eggs here anytime!
Mar 10 716 pm bc.JPG
Both adults perched nest side; can you see them.
Mar 10 701 pm perched bc.JPG
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