Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

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Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:52 pm

Welcome to the Beacon Hill Park Eagles thread for the 2019/2020 season. This thread is dedicated to observations, photos, videos and discussion of the eagles who inhabit this nest in Beacon Hill Park, within the City of Victoria, BC. These eagles have been seen quite often perched atop the totem pole on the edge of the woodsy area of the park, near Dallas Rd. and Cook St. Over the years there have been several nests in other areas within the park but the eagles have been using the nest near the playground for many years. This past season the eagles produced two eaglets, but sadly they both died in the nest. Their bodies were removed by the authorities and sent to the ministry facility for necropsy. After several attempts to receive information from the ministry regarding the cause of the deaths, I have not obtained any information.

Info and photos of the past season can be found here.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:29 am

One of the BHP eagles has returned. S/He was sitting on the rocks off Holland Point about 9:10 today, Sept 30. S/He then flew low over the water toward the Breakwater. Maybe landed on the lamp standards at Ogden Point, a favourite perch, but I didn't see him/her land.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:28 pm

Thanks for your report Calypso :thumlft: It's always good news to know one of them is in the territory :)
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:22 am

There was an eagle sitting atop the BHP totem at 9:30 this morning. It was backlit so I couldn't tell if it was mature.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:47 pm

Thanks for the info Calypso. I plan to visit the park soon.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:47 pm

One of the BHP eagles was on lookout duty at Ogden Point this morning. It was about 9 AM PST.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:38 pm

Calypso, thanks for posting the photo of the eagle at Ogden Point. I quite often see eagles perched there. I still don't know for sure if the eagles that perch there are from the Beacon Hill nest or the Saxe Pt. nest :dunno:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:06 am

At ten o'clock this morning I saw a bald eagle fly east just off Holland Point. At few minutes later I saw two eagles flying just above the water, but not catching anything. I followed their direction and saw them both sitting on a rock offshore. I didn't have binoculars, but two other people confirmed they were bald eagles. This is the first time I have seen both eagles together since they returned.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:10 pm

Calypso thanks for your report and photo :thumlft: Great to know both eagles have been seen in the area :woohoo:

I was at the park this afternoon. We saw an eagle flying in and thought it was going to land near the nest but it kept on going. We wandered over to see if it was on the totem pole but we didn't see it again. We thought it might have gone to Clover Point but we didn't have time to go there.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:10 pm

I saw an adult eagle today just after 12 noon. I was driving north on Douglas at Simcoe, admiring the double rainbow, when a mature eagle flew south along the edge of BHP. No time for a photo but it was low enough to see great detail. Perhaps that was the same one you saw, sassyk.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:53 pm

This morning I saw an adult bald eagle sitting on the rocks at Holland Point.
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Others said there had been two eagles there, and it sort of looks like another pair of legs but no white head.
The eagle was there for half an hour, and perhaps longer.
Some people with sharp eyes saw a breakfast fish and the resident otters as well. I was just happy I had my phone and could get this blurry and hyper-edited picture.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:23 pm

Calypso glad you got that photo of the eagle :thumlft: I haven't been out much lately, too many things to do at this time of the year. It would help if we had some nice weather :luck:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:33 pm

Both BHP eagles were on the same lamp standard at Ogden Point this morning. In all the time I have watched them I have never seen them on the same standard!
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:01 pm

Great photo Calypso :thumlft: Good to see them both together and looking healthy :rh:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:09 am

Two adult bald eagles were on the lamp standard at Ogden Point this morning. They were very vocal.
I didn't have my camera this time.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:29 pm

Thanks for posting your observations Calypso :thumlft: I plan to get out one day between Christmas and New Years to visit the park and a few other places where eagles hang out :)
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:13 pm

I went to the park today to see if the eagles were there. One was perched atop the totem pole :thumlft: It looked like it was the male but we didn't see the other one anywhere in the park.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:17 pm

The nest looked like part of it had fallen down and my friend and I both thought it looked very different than the last time we saw it. It almost looked like the nest had been moved to another branch on the nest tree :dunno: It was late in the afternoon and the sun was low in the sky.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:57 am

At 9:40 this morning an adult eagle flew low over the Dallas Rd path, headed towards Ogden Point. I think I was the only one who noticed, everyone else was looking at their phones!

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:45 pm

Thanks Calypso I don't even have a cell phone :roll:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Calypso » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:47 am

Unfortunately I didn’t carry my phone on this morning’s dog walk.
A large adult bald eagle was sitting on a high log right off Holland Point Park. She was there from 9:45 to 10:15 at least. A few people noticed and one took a photo.
I assumed it was a female from the size. She had a full white head that actually formed a cape on her shoulders. There appeared to be one white feather in the middle of her breast. Sassyk, do you recognize her from this description?

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:58 pm

Calypso Thanks for your report :thumlft: I don't recall seeing a white feather in the middle of either of the Beacon Hill eagles' chest. It very well could have been one of them and it could also have been one from the Saxe Pt. Park nest :dunno:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by PGully » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:55 pm

I am just back to posting my observations of the nest above the playground. I can see an adult in the nest consistently and at other times it is presumably hunkered down. What is the timing of egg laying and hatching here?
I am not sure what happened to the nest but it seems to be lower down after the wind storm a few weeks ago. Anyway it is being used.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:45 am

Paul thanks for posting your observations. Yes, the nest definitely looks different. I am not sure what has happened to it but it is good news that the eagles are using it :thumlft: If one of the eagles is consistently in the nest that is a good sign that they probably are incubating eggs :woohoo: It isn't too early for eggs! I plan to go to the park tomorrow, weather permitting :roll:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by Simon Pedicab » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:58 pm

Thanks for the info. I heard that the old next was knocked down during a wind storm a couple of months ago. I have been checking its old spot a couple of times a week but haven't seen any sign of a nest or eagles. When you say "above the playground" are you referring to the old location or somewhere new? I will check again today and look around a bit more rather than being fixated on the last location.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by PGully » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:46 am

Sorry for the delay in replying.
I mean last year's location (2018/2019). The nest seems to have shifted or is perhaps more visible due to a loss of surrounding branches.
It was swaying a lot in last weekend's winds but is still there and there is an adult sitting there right now.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:10 pm

Simon Pedicab and PGully thanks so much for posting your observations.

I just realized I hadn't posted my observations and photos from my last visit to the park on March 6th.

The old nest has fallen and there were many sticks on the ground underneath the nest tree. A new nest has definitely been built either in the adjacent tree or another branch of the same tree. It looks very small so obviously the eagles haven't had much time to build it up. I plan to go to the park tomorrow and will take a distance photo of the nest tree for comparison.

There was an eagle in the nest when I arrived on March 6th but before I could get my camera focused on the nest the eagle flew out. An eagle came back into the nest a few minutes later and I saw the 2nd one soaring overhead. I thought it was going to land in the nest tree but it flew over the trees and out of sight. I managed to get a couple of pics of the one that came into the nest.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2019/2020 Season

Post by JudyB » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:06 pm

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