Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018/2019

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Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018/2019

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:15 pm

:hi:

Welcome to the Fraser Point Bald Eagle Nest

Meet the Fraser Point Pair :wub:

Resident Female A49 Cruz and the Resident Male A64
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a Princess Cruz and her Mate A64.jpg
Spirit has lost his left blue wing bling; the right bling remains intact.

In 2006 Cruz A49 was the very first natural hatch (Pelican Harbor nest - K26 & K10) in the Channel Islands since 1949.
A49 is the Resident Female at this nest and she will be 12 years old this year (2018). The Resident Male - A64 - Spirit will be 10 years this spring (2018) K26 and K10 were also the parents of Spirit ... class of 2008.

Map of the Northern Channel Islands
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Link to Fraser Point Eagle Cams

Link to IWS All CI Eagle Cam Page
http://www.iws.org/livecams.html

2019 Nesting Season
Eggs Laid: Jan 31 or Feb 1, Feb 3, Feb 6
Hatch Day: Mar 9, Mar 11 & Mar 14, 2019
Banding
Fledge Dates


Sauces History - Cruz A-49 and Spirit's A-64

2012 - One chick; died unknown causes
2013 - One chick; A89 F - Sapphire - first second generation eagle successfully fledged
2014 - Two chicks; A97 M - Maxiwo; A98 F - Glory - both fledged
2015 - Two chicks - A54 F Chanita; Second chick F - Takoda too small for wing blings; banded #709-03074
2016 - Nest failed; a golden eagle was threatening the resident pair; the golden eagle visited the nest several times during the 2016 nesting season. Cruz stood her ground and continued to protect her nest and territory from the golden eagle threatening it ... as the threat continued we saw less and less of the resident male A64 ... hoping he returns for the 2017 season!
2017 - New Nest; Fledged three chicks; A-02 Henry, A-03 Theos and A-04 Barrett; there was no cam on the nest so updates were only available when IWS visited their nesting territory.
2018 - 3 Eggs Laid - Feb 9, Feb 12 & Feb 15, 2018; Hatched - Mar 18, Mar 20, March 22, 2018;
- Banding - May 1, 2018 - 44/A; 35/A and 52/A; Fledged - 44/A fledged June 8, 2018 - 11:24am;
- 35/A fledged June 11, 2018 - 10:06am and 52/A fledged June 13, 2018 at 9:55am.

Important Links

Link to the 2018 Fraser Point Thread to Feb 25, 2018
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... 19#1050419

Link to the 2017 Fraser Point Thread
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... 038#912038

2017 Banding Video by Dr. Peter Sharpe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjZTRAS ... e=youtu.be

IWS Update on the Santa Cruz Islands - Dec 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAm9Yit ... e=youtu.be

Link to the Annual Reports on the Channel Islands Eagles
The Annual Reports provide all the history and detail on the BE Restoration Program to the Channel Islands.
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... topic=6299

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

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

Facebook Bald Eagles 101
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690426617860075/

Wing-Bling Reference Chart
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... topic=4674

Pat (Cumbrian) of CHIL Eaglecam Discussion forum 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
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/chil_ea ... 11459.html

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Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:27 pm

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

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Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:28 pm

Princess Cruz
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Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:49 pm

Feb 25, 2018

The Fraser Point pair have three eggs laid on Feb 9, Feb 12 & Feb 15, 2018

I saw a switch from Dad to Mom.

Dad
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Dad exits the nest
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Mom comes in and takes over
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Mom was still on duty at dark and i expect she will be on incubating duty till dawn; typically behavior for Mom`s.
This is a lovely nest and view so it will be awesome to watch the kids grow :rh:

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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:51 pm

Momma Cruz :rh:
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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:16 am

March 18, 2018

Morning Fraser Point :bye 1:

We are pip watch at this nest soon we will see some baby chicks here :rh:

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Post by Debs » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:21 am

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Post by Debs » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:27 am

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Post by Debs » Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:30 pm

Looks like we have a hatch :hatch:

Have not got a good peek at the chick yet the bedding is piled too high
but we heard peeps and part of the shell was removed.
March 18 1242 pm egg shell removed.JPG
Congrats to our Fraser PT Pair :rh:

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Post by Debs » Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:27 pm

Chick was trying to sit up kept falling down lol but we got a peek of its grey fuzzy bob
March 18 307 pm first peek.JPG

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Post by Debs » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:20 pm

March 19 2018

Early morning feeding for the new baby chick :rh:
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March 19 827 am feeding lil one.JPG

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Post by Debs » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:24 pm

:vid:

Feeding - Sweet Baby Chick - Fraser Point Bald Eagle Nest - March 19 2018
https://youtu.be/Y3yDAr-KFNM

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Post by Debs » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:39 pm

There were two nice feedings before dark.
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Post by Debs » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:04 pm

March 25 2018

I wanted to watch the family today ... unfortunately the cam lens was all fogged up so we could not see too much ... but we could see the triplets were being fed; at least one of the feedings was a tandem feeding by both parents.
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March 25 FPT Chicks being fed.JPG

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Post by Debs » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:44 am

April 5 2018

Good Morning Fraser Point :bye 1:

Was able to watch the family feeding early this morning.
The cam housing cleared off a bit to allow us to see the feeding better.

All three kids appear to be doing fine.

Like most nests with 3 hungry chicks; the older kids eat first then the baby eats.
Looks like all were fed this morning; good job Mom and Dad!
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April 5 Fraser Point Family.JPG
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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by JudyB » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:39 am

April 28, 2018
The chicks are getting bigger! They're sleeping now, but I'll try to add a couple of pictures in a little while.
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I have an update - this was posted by Cumbrian (one of the key members) on the CHIL Forum (Channel Island Eagle Cam):
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Dr. Sharpe made the original post on IWS Chat, and Nate is his assistant - and the tentative date for banding is Monday, April 30, when the chicks will be 5-1/2 to a little over 6 weeks old (not sure, but I think they aren't old enough/developed enough for wing tags until around 8 weeks).

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Post by JudyB » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:57 am

Good morning, everyone!

This was posted about 4 hours ago (which I think is around 7 am pacific time) on the IWS Chat:

Due to predicted high winds at the west end of Santa Cruz Island today, we will not be banding at Fraser Point or Sauces today. We will band at Fraser Point Tuesday morning and at Sauces Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning, depending on wind speed.


It does sound a bit windy on the cams!

11:22 am
Lunch time! Not sure which adult, but they seem very well behaved, all lined up in a row.
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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by JudyB » Tue May 01, 2018 7:57 am

Dr. Sharpe is hoping to be at Fraser Point to band the chicks at 10 am pacific time, and then move to Sauces around midday.

Our thread for the Sauces nest is here - viewtopic.php?p=43908#p43908

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Post by jwin36 » Tue May 01, 2018 9:43 am

Just saw the team approaching the nest. Parent flying and calling out above.
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You can see the eaglets in the nest
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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by JudyB » Tue May 01, 2018 10:36 am

10:31 am
I'm seeing the shadow of an adult overhead, and hearing calls. Camera was panning around, but apparently can't look where Dr. Sharpe and Nate are doing the banding.

Wide view of the empty nest.
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I've tried a couple of times to get a picture of the shadow of the adult, but it blends in pretty well if you don't see the movement. I'm pretty sure both adults are doing circles over the nest - and there is a reason why the person who goes in the nest wears a helmet! (Me - I'd want full body armor!)

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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by JudyB » Tue May 01, 2018 10:51 am

10:47 am
Someone is back.
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First chick
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Second chick is not sure he/she wants to leave the bag. I've noticed that Nate tries to let them step out on their own rather than touch them again unless he must.
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I've also noticed that the shadows of the adults seem very close to the nest - I think Nate is wise to stay under a branch! (At least I think that's Nate - it doesn't look like Dr. Sharpe, and Nate is supposed to be there.)

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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by Kitcat11848 » Tue May 01, 2018 10:51 am

Hi JudyB, I’m surprised they took the eaglets off the nest so long. Do they draw blood for DNA testing or just do measurements? Very interesting. Hope they can do Sauces today too.
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Post by JudyB » Tue May 01, 2018 10:55 am

10:51 am
All three on the nest - smile for the camera!
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More of the team - I've seen two in tan jackets and three in blue.
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People are gathering the gear and leaving.
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Post by JudyB » Tue May 01, 2018 10:58 am

Kitcat11848 wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 10:51 am
Hi JudyB, I’m surprised they took the eaglets off the nest so long. Do they draw blood for DNA testing or just do measurements? Very interesting. Hope they can do Sauces today too.
They normally do draw blood, Kitcat, and will tell us later which are male and female. There's a video of an earlier banding on the CHIL forum, and you can also see that Dr. Sharpe moves slowly and gently while taking the measurements. I expect they also gave each chick two bands - the silver ID band, and a colored band with a letter/number combination which will be easier to see for ID purposes, since the chicks were to young to get wing tags (or "wing bling").

I expect that at least one of the adults will escort the humans out of the territory, passing low enough over them that they won't be inclined to dawdle. :)

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Post by Kitcat11848 » Tue May 01, 2018 11:20 am

Thanks Judy. I appreciate all your information. The only banding I have actually watched was Big Bear and Stormy and it was quickly done on the nest. Glad to see all 3 back and now very quiet except for the wind.
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Post by JudyB » Tue May 01, 2018 11:24 am

11:20 am
I'm posting this just to point out that our cams are not the only ones that have trouble focusing from time to time - it was like this for about 20 minutes:
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And right after I took the screenshot, the focus improved.
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Not easy to see clearly, but the chick standing in the back appears to have an orange band on the left leg and a silver band on the right leg (I think - he or she is standing at a bit of an angle so not positive which leg is which).
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Post by JudyB » Tue May 01, 2018 1:32 pm

1:28 pm
I just noticed a white tail among the dark ones :)
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And a moment later I could see that it's Dad A64 back with the pack.
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I do feel better when I've seen an adult on the nest after a banding.

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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by jwin36 » Tue May 01, 2018 3:09 pm

I bet these three sleep very well tonight. :yes: Sweet dreams little ones :zzz: :zzz: :offtobed:
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Re: Fraser Point - Northern Channel Islands - 2018

Post by jwin36 » Wed May 02, 2018 11:37 am

11:30 am local time. I just checked in and the three, not so small, babies are fine and squabbling over a big fish. I guess they have gotten over the trauma of being abducted by alien beings from below. :%:
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