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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by stim » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:57 pm

Sounds promising!!! :w00t:

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Post by JudiW » Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:32 pm

Thanks Eastvan Girl :luck: :eag: :hatch: :eag: :wave: all regulars of this thread

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by Eastvan Girl » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:41 am

Hi Everyone,
Just an update on the Pandora nest. I am pretty sure that we have a hatch - yesterday I saw what looked like 3 feedings going on. I am pretty sure there is at least one eaglet in the nest. I will take a walk later, who knows, maybe I will find a broken egg shell like I did one year, beneath the nest.
Pa has been visiting the empty lot regularily again and entertaining us with his visits to the roof of London Drugs!! Always a thrill to see him so close up.

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by JudyB » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:51 am

Eastvan Girl wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:41 am
Hi Everyone,
Just an update on the Pandora nest. I am pretty sure that we have a hatch - yesterday I saw what looked like 3 feedings going on. I am pretty sure there is at least one eaglet in the nest. I will take a walk later, who knows, maybe I will find a broken egg shell like I did one year, beneath the nest.
Pa has been visiting the empty lot regularly again and entertaining us with his visits to the roof of London Drugs!! Always a thrill to see him so close up.
Exciting news - thanks so much, Eastvan Girl! Hopefully you'll have a peek at the chick(s) soon - though I remember Houdini, who seemed to stay hidden almost until he fledged!

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by stim » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:49 pm

Great report Christine! I hope you find an eggshell below the nest!! :luck:

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:41 am

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Hi Everyone,
Some pics of our Lafarge couple. Pa visiting the empty lot, Pa on his favourite branch and Lady in her nest. Tried my best to get a pic of the little one but no luck.

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by gemini » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:36 am

The pics are great Eastvan Girl! Thanks so much for posting them and your reports! They both look healthy. I look forward to seeing the chick(s) one day!
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Post by JudyB » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:01 pm

Thanks so much, Eastvan Girl - great pictures!

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by Eastvan Girl » Thu May 02, 2019 9:28 am

Good news! I spotted at least one little bobblehead getting fed this morning by one of the adults. Yay!!

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Post by gemini » Thu May 02, 2019 11:43 am

That is great news! :hooray: Thanks, Eastvan Girl! :ty:
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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by Eastvan Girl » Fri May 03, 2019 7:32 pm

Hi Everyone,
I am hoping that other ground observers for the Pandora nest can help me out over here. I have been keeping a pretty regular watch of the Pandora nest and I have not seen Lady now since Tuesday afternoon (April 30) and I hoping another person has seen both eagles at the nest since then.
Since spotting the baby eaglet on May 1st (and reporting it on May 2) I have noticed that is seems to be Pa who is attending to the young. And today (May 3) I watched almost all day and it was only Pa at the nest - doing the feeds, flying out to leave the nest and then returning for a feed and then going to his branch.
On Tuesday afternoon I saw 2 new bald eagles flying near over the nest. I saw both Pa and Lady leave the nest and at that point there were the 4 bald eagles in the sky above the nest. I saw Pa return to his branch, the other 2 eagles flew away together and a single eagle (Lady??) flew east. Shortly after that, two bald eagles came back and continued to fly in the area but since then I have only seen one eagle at the nest which I think is Pa. I have no idea if Lady being away has anything to do with the presence of the other 2 bald eagles.
Today while Pa was on his branch I did see a bald eagle fly over the nest and I was so hoping it was Lady coming back but the eagle just flew on South and never came back.
Does anyone have any ideas of what could be going on? Or hopefully someone has spotted both of them and can put my mind to rest.
It is 7:25pm now and I will keep watch until the sun goes down.

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by JudyB » Sun May 05, 2019 2:48 pm

Thanks for your report, Eastvan Girl - and do you have any news?

Keeping fingers crossed that Lady is back soon. :grhug:


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I've been thinking about this:
Eastvan Girl wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 7:32 pm

On Tuesday afternoon I saw 2 new bald eagles flying near over the nest. I saw both Pa and Lady leave the nest and at that point there were the 4 bald eagles in the sky above the nest. I saw Pa return to his branch, the other 2 eagles flew away together and a single eagle (Lady??) flew east. Shortly after that, two bald eagles came back and continued to fly in the area but since then I have only seen one eagle at the nest which I think is Pa. I have no idea if Lady being away has anything to do with the presence of the other 2 bald eagles.
I didn't see how the eagles were acting towards each other, but a possibility is that this was a pair of eagles that was interested in taking over the nest, and once the male saw Pa, he decided to head out of the area (which might be the one who flew East), while Lady was chasing the female - and may have caught up to her at some point and gotten injured in the process. It makes sense that Pa returned to protect the nest - Lady is bigger and more able to chase off male or female eagles.

Or as you say, this may have had nothing to do with Lady's absence - they may have done a quick chase of the pair, and then something happened to Lady afterwards.

And with luck she'll be back soon, and maybe you'll be able to get an idea of what happened.

Keeping fingers crossed.... :luck:

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Sun May 05, 2019 4:38 pm

Thanks so much for getting back to me Judy. I still have yet to see Lady this weekend, but perhaps she will show up again soon. My fingers are crossed, too!!

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by Eastvan Girl » Sun May 05, 2019 6:32 pm

Lafarge Update,
There are two eaglets in the nest. I can clearly see Pa feeding them both. Unfortunately, there is still no sign of Lady.
I will try to get a photo of the eaglets soon.

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Post by JudyB » Tue May 07, 2019 9:03 am

Thanks for the update, Eastvan Girl, and I must admit that I have mixed feelings - two chicks are cute, and they will be able to snuggle together to keep warm when they're alone - but it will be more work for Pa to keep them fed. We don't really know how old they are - it looked as if they might be incubating on March 7 - which would make the chicks a bit older than the Surrey Reserve chicks who are a bit over 3 weeks old - but I think the first time you caught a feeding was April 22, which would make them closer to 2 weeks old. Pa's good at this, and it sounds as if he's got everything under control - but it will be easier if Lady returns - and I know we are all continuing to hope for that.

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Tue May 07, 2019 9:29 am

Yes this is a lot of work for Pa - and I know this happened a few years back with him, but I think those chicks may have been a bit older than these ones. I don't see him at the nest right now so he's probably out hunting. I will be one block away from the nest working in a garden today so I will be able to keep a very close eye on things.

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Thu May 09, 2019 8:16 am

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Pa is on his branch - I can see one chick moving about in the nest. But no sign of Lady. It been 9 days now, I wonder where she is?

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Post by JudyB » Thu May 09, 2019 8:58 am

The chicks were older when we lost Ma Lafarge, I think 6 or 7 weeks old - but I have seen single parents raise chicks this young at other nests, though I have also seen times when it didn't work out.

Nine days is a long time - but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Thu May 09, 2019 9:18 am

I really want things to work out for these chicks. Pa has been so attentive (as far as I can tell). I saw him eating a meal this morning, and right now looks like there is a feed going on. 2 days ago I went to AN and had a look but nothing was going on there. I was hoping to have spotted Lady in there. Oh well...

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Mon May 13, 2019 5:11 pm

Well Pa is still on his own at the Pandora nest. I can see at least one chick who is getting much bigger so that is a good sign. It's been a couple weeks now and I don't if Lady will come back, but I am still hoping.

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Post by JudyB » Mon May 13, 2019 5:40 pm

Eastvan Girl wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 5:11 pm
Well Pa is still on his own at the Pandora nest. I can see at least one chick who is getting much bigger so that is a good sign. It's been a couple weeks now and I don't if Lady will come back, but I am still hoping.
Thanks for the update, Eastvan Girl - and the odds are improving as the chick or chicks get bigger. Keeping fingers crossed.

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Post by stim » Tue May 14, 2019 1:36 pm

Oh my Christine and Judy, I find this most upsetting. I do hope that if Pa is now a single parent that he can take in enough food to feed them both. He is a very experienced and capable parent but with a huge task ahead.
Have you thought about calling OWL to see if a female eagle was admitted or reported injured within the timeframe that our Lady went missing?

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Post by Eastvan Girl » Tue May 14, 2019 1:56 pm

Hi Sandra,
Yes it is distressing that Lady is gone. I have called O.W.L. recently and someone elses (Sharon) asked about a week ago if any eagles have been brought in, but no, not our Lady. In the meantime, I am keeping a really good watch on the nest. I can see one of the eaglets getting quite big so looks like Pa is getting enough food for them. I have gone over to the nest numerous times to get a photo but it must be their nap time every time I go. Anyway, I think all of our fingers are crossed that either Lady comes back.

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by stim » Tue May 14, 2019 2:52 pm

Thanks Christine. Good you've got Sharon's support. I anticipate more will come forward as I hate to think of you going through this alone. :grhug:

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by Eastvan Girl » Fri May 17, 2019 6:57 pm

Hi Everyone,
Here is a photo I took from my window, sorry it is a bit blurry. It is Pa feeding the two chicks in the nest. One is a bit bigger than the other. I am happy to see there are still two chicks doing okay.
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Post by stim » Fri May 17, 2019 7:21 pm

Thank you for the update Christine! I wonder if he manages to keep them full or if they are asking for food a lot. Poor guy has a huge undertaking to deal with. :(

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by Eastvan Girl » Wed May 22, 2019 11:26 am

Some interesting activity above the nest last evening. Both chicks were in the nest, I couldn't see Pa at the nest, but there were two bald eagles flying above the tree along with what looked like a junior eagle (dark head). One of the bald eagles then landed on a East branch (not one Pa usually goes to) and I really thought it may have been Lady coming back. The eagle then moved into the nest with the chicks and the other eagle in the sky left, along with the junior. I have no idea what all that was about but I was really hoping it was Lady. I kept an eye on the nest for a while, but since then I have only seen one eagle with the chicks. The chicks are getting much bigger which is good.

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by stim » Wed May 22, 2019 11:31 am

Wow, interesting observation. Thanks for the update! :thumlft:

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by JudyB » Wed May 22, 2019 12:21 pm

Thanks, Eastvan Girl - interesting indeed! And I'm glad to hear that both are continuing to do well - they do grow very fast at this stage!

I'm so glad you're there to keep an eye on them - and thank you for your report!

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Re: Lafarge 2018/2019 Eagle Nest Discussion, Photos and Videos

Post by Eastvan Girl » Thu May 23, 2019 11:27 am

Hi everyone,
Well Pa was on his branch this morning and I saw a single adult eagle fly over the nest, circle around and then head back out north. Pa stayed at the tree the whole time. Just kinda curious as to who that eagle is and why they are checking things out at the tree?

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