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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:08 am

I was visiting family yesterday up the road from the golf course nest so I decided to see if the eagles were home. I didn't see or hear them anywhere but did notice there are a few new sticks in the newest upper nest. The older upper nest looks like it is covered in greenery and the lower nest looks quite neglected.

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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by elle » Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:02 pm

Drove by a few nests this afternoon.

An adult was preening above the Lansdowne nest.

An adult was perched in a tree at Glen Lyon School.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:12 pm

Thanks elle. I'll be visiting family tomorrow so will take my camera and see if there are any eagles at the Golf Course nest :luck: I wish it would stop raining so I can get out to visit some nests :(
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:47 am

Went by the golf course nest and Glenlyon school late yesterday afternoon; there were no eagles seen or heard in the area :(
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by elle » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:27 pm

There was an eagle perched at Glen Lyon School today.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:46 pm

Marie saw both Lansdowne adults perched above the nest on Jan. 5th.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by elle » Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:51 pm

:announce: Mrs Fire Hall is incubating in the Fire Hall nest! They are always the first and this year is no exception despite the unseasonable weather. I am glad they have chosen the Fire Hall nest this year as the property below the York Place nest has apparently sold and there is fencing all around indicating construction may be imminent.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:50 pm

Good news elle :woohoo: I haven't done a tour of the Oak Bay nests since before Christmas. I do remember Marie telling me on Dec 21st that Esther told her both eagles had been at the nest almost every day for a couple of weeks prior to that. I am also happy that they have chosen to use the fire hall nest this season and pleased that they appear to be incubating :thumlft:
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:48 pm

Finally got out to do a tour of the nests in Oak Bay today. Both adults were at the Lansdowne nest; male in the nest, female on a branch beside the nest. We had been there for only about 10 mins. when the male got up, hopped up onto the branch beside the female then up onto her back and they mated :woohoo: We both were quite certain they didn't connect; it was a bit breezy up there :roll: There is construction going on behind the nest property and also across the street but the noise didn't seem to bother them. The male flew off towards the water just as we were driving away. Photos to come later.

Mr. Fire Hall was in the nest incubating but we didn't see too much of him; just the top of his head. We walked around to the cul-de-sac and chatted with the neighbour who lives on the corner; he told us the eagles have been in
the nest for at least 2 weeks. As we were walking back to the parking lot Mr. got up, started squawking then flew to the tall tree at the end of York Pl. where Mrs. had just landed. They shared a few squawks before she flew to the nest and settled herself for her turn at incubating duties. The lighting wasn't good but I will post a few photos later.

There were no eagles seen or heard in the area of the Golf Course nest, 1 eagle on the post on Trial Island, no eagles seen or heard around Anderson Hill or Sylvan Lane.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:06 pm

This is the old nest used by the Anderson Hill eagles. David Hancock installed a cam on this nest after the eagles had left then when the eagles returned they built a new nest a block away :roll:
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Their newest nest that the eagles haven't used for a few years. These 2 photos were taken from the rock wall at the road.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:14 pm

A few photos of the Fire Hall eagles yesterday. Dad was in the nest in the first 2 photos.
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He then flew to the perch tree where Mom was and told her it was her turn.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:21 pm

A few photos of the 3 Golf Course nests which all looked like they hadn't been tended to.

The upper nest has a lot of greenery growing in it.
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The newest nest at the top of the secondary branch.
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The lower nest which they have used many times during recent years. Gull remains still stuck to the side of the nest.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:24 pm

There was an eagle perched on the post on Trial Island which we are now believing is from the Sylvan Lane nest.
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One of my birding friends saw both eagles sitting together on the post a few days ago.

All 3 of us zoomed in on the photo above and agree that the eagle's left leg looks a little lighter which could mean there is a band there :luck:
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:28 pm

Photos of the Lansdowne/Beach Dr. eagles at the nest yesterday. The first one was taken from the street behind the nest tree. The rest were taken from Beach Dr. Mom on the branch and Dad in the nest.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:30 pm

This was just before Dad decided it was time to mate :rh:
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Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:31 pm

The mating attempt :luck:
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Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:33 pm

Some bonding time together after the mating attempt.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:22 pm

I just heard from my friend Marie who saw and photographed both eagles in the perch tree across from the Golf Course today. Good news :thumlft: However, I did not see any new sticks in any of the nests the last time I was there :chin:

Marie also saw and photographed an immature flying around the nest area and right over the adults and they weren't bothered by its presence so perhaps it was one of theirs.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:18 pm

Marie's report from her nest visits today:

The female was just flying into the upper new nest at the Golf Course this morning when Marie arrived. She was fussing with nesting material then settled down, so Marie is sure there is an egg or eggs in the nest. She was still in the nest at 5pm today when Marie went back on her way home.

The Fire Hall female was also deep in the nest. There was a lot more whitewash under the Sylvan Lane nest today so that seems promising. The Lansdowne pair are still thinking about it; they are not in the nest yet.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:39 pm

Marie saw an eagle in the perch tree at Anderson Hill the other day :thumlft:
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:35 am

I heard from a lady who lives at Ten Mile Point that the eagles have been sitting in the Lansdowne nest constantly for the past 5 days. She has been watching the nest through her binoculars for many years :woohoo:

Marie said the eagles at the Golf Course continue to sit in the upper 'penthouse' nest and she continues to see lots of whitewash on the road under the nest on Sylvan Lane :thumlft:
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:29 pm

I visited the nests in Oak Bay today. I did not see or hear any eagles around the Lansdowne/Beach Dr. nest or anywhere in the area. I took photos from different vantage points and if there was an eagle in the nest incubating it must have been lying very flat :roll: No eagles on the snag by the Yacht Club or near Cattle Point.

Photo taken from the street behind the nest tree.
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Photo taken from across the street from the nest tree.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:37 pm

It was very noisy at the Fire Hall nest; a big truck blocking part of the road and appeared to be cleaning pipes :dunno: I did not see or hear any eagles in the nest, nest tree or the trees on York Place. After I had been there for 10 minutes I noticed 2 adult eagles and 1 juvenile soaring high above. I don't know if they were taking a break from incubating eggs on such a warm day or if something happened to the eggs :dunno: I thought if there was an eagle in the nest incubating it would have squawked at the ones soaring overhead.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:44 pm

One of the Golf Course eagles was in the upper penthouse nest; appeared to be incubating :luck: I did not see or hear the other one anywhere in the area.
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This photo was taken from the lookout area at Anderson Hill.
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I spoke to one of the neighbours on Island Rd. and he said the eagles were around yesterday but not anywhere near either nest. I did not see any eagles on Trial Island today :(
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:14 am

Marie did a nest check Tues. morning. She said there definitely was one eagle in each of the Fire Hall, Golf Course and Lansdowne nests. The male at the Golf Course was in the favourite tree across the road. One eagle from the Fire Hall nest was soaring around her building near the marina yesterday at lunch time. She still couldn't see an eagle in the nest or the nest tree on Sylvan Lane but did see more whitewash on the road below the nest :luck:
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:24 am

Marie saw 2 eagles on Mary Todd Island at lunch time on Wed. and later at about 5pm both on the Channel Marker. Those are 2 spots where she sees the Firehall eagles perched often so is not sure they have eggs/chicks :dunno: She still has not seen an eagle in the nest on Sylvan Lane. She continues to see lots of whitewash below the nest but no signs of carcass from feeding.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:57 pm

My birding partner and fellow WiTS volunteer saw an adult on the Sylvan Lane nest today :woohoo:
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:40 pm

Marie continues to see the Fire Hall eagles out and about and hasn't seen an eagle in the nest for some time. She saw the pair at Willows the other day, so I think we can safely say this nest has failed :( Wish we could look into the nest to see if they actually had eggs and whether they did hatch and the chick(s) died :cry1: We will never know.
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Re: Oak Bay Eagles, Oak Bay BC - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri May 31, 2019 3:09 pm

I was away from May 3rd until May 28th and haven't had time to visit the nests since getting home. One of my fellow WiTS volunteers has been making regular visits to all of the nests in Oak Bay and has told me there appears to be only 1 eaglet in the Lansdowne/Beach Drive nest and possibly 2 eaglets in the Sylvan Lane nest.

Sadly the Firehall and Golf Course nests appear to have failed :( There has been no action at either of those nests. She was informed that a fight occurred at the Firehall nest site with one dead eagle hanging in the tree, which was removed by one of the firemen.
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