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Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:44 pm

Welcome to the Beacon Hill Park Eagles thread for the 2017/2018 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 within the park and this past season the eagles produced one eaglet

Link to the thread for the first half of this season from Sept. to the present time here.

Links to previous seasons on the old forum:

2016/2017 Season
2015/2016 Season
2014/2015 Season
2013/2014 Season
2010-2013 Seasons

Link to the history of Beacon Hill Park History of Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year. The ducks are always waiting for a free meal and the peafowl wander the park year round :) The gardeners work hard planting seasonal flowers for everyone to admire and photograph and the rose garden is a wonderful spot to sit and relax while enjoying the beauty and scents of the roses. The park has been used by many a bride and groom for capturing beautiful wedding portraits around the lakes and gardens. Visitors ride in horse drawn carriages through the park in the spring and summer months.

Link to Beacon Hill Children's Farm here.

Map of Beacon Hill Park. The eagles nest tree is across the road from the children's playground. If you stand in front of the washroom building you will get a good view of the perch tree, which is next to the nest tree.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:45 pm

Photo taken 20 Jan. 2014. The nest is in the tree on the left;
the tree on the right is their perch tree.
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Adult at top of perch tree, taken 10 June 2013.
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Both adults in the nest, taken 17 Mar. 2014
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:45 pm

In January of 2014 there were intruder eagles causing a territorial battle to ensue. Both resident eagles were defending their territory when 2 eagles locked talons and fell over a branch. One of our Hancock forum members was at the nest area when this occurred and she captured the event. The eagles eventually managed to unlock their talons and fly away. Unfortunately one of the gardeners found a dead eagle at the bottom of the nest tree early the next morning. The gardener and locals who regularly watch the eagles were quite certain the dead eagle was not one of the resident eagles. Thanks to member Cheryl (ogopogo) for submitting your photos.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:45 pm

Photos of the eagles perched atop the totem pole.

Photo taken 3 Mar. 2015.
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Photo taken 15 Mar. 2016.
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Photo taken 23 Apr 2016.
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Info & photos of the totem pole here.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:22 pm

There was a Bald Eagle on top of the totem pole yesterday afternoon when we drove by. It is on my agenda to visit the park tomorrow.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:50 pm

Marie saw an eagle in the nest this afternoon. It looked like it was incubating :woohoo:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:16 am

Great news. We plan a visit today.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by Calypso » Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:59 pm

I don't know what happened to the message I posted in this thread yesterday. Off into the ether, I suppose!

My husband saw two eagles in a courtship flight yesterday morning. They flew over the totem pole towards Clover Point, then flew East past Ross Bay Cemetery.

He said it was beautiful to watch, but unfortunately he did not take a video.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:56 pm

Glad you made it here calypso :) Thanks for the info; too bad your husband didn't get any video. That would have been fun to watch!!
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:34 pm

Saw Mum in the nest today :) Got a snap. Will post later. When we left we heard her vocalise. After as we were walking along Cook St toward the village we saw her fly overhead. She must have been successful in calling Dad to take over nest duties. She looked pretty happy to be spreading her wings. It was such a gorgeous day it seemed everyone was out all at once.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:43 pm

Here is the picture I promised.
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Incubating on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon March 10-2018
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:13 am

Took a stroll through Beacon Hill yesterday afternoon and Ma was in position in the nest. She seemed to be up a bit higher. I know we can't possibly have a hatch yet but maybe she was airing the egg ( s) :)
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:43 pm

Pictures from Monday March 19
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:18 pm

I went to the park this afternoon to see if the eagles were around the nest. One was in the nest but all I saw the first time around was the tip of a wing. The second time around I saw an adult at the back of the nest rolling the eggs. I saw some white tail feathers as well as two wing tips at the front of the nest facing me.

Photo showing a glimpse of the adult's head, beak and back.
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Photo showing tail and wing feathers facing me.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:19 pm

Went to the park for awhile today in very dreary weather :( We didn't see anything moving in the nest but one of the adults flew to the top of the nest tree from behind the nest. I managed to get a couple of photos of it but unfortunately it was facing away from me.

These first 2 photos were taken from the sidewalk across from the washroom building.
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This photo was taken from the sidewalk across from the nest tree.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:23 pm

I took photos from various vantage points and did not see any movement, white head feathers or yellow beak in the nest.

This photo was taken from the sidewalk across from the washroom building.
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This photo was taken from the back side of the nest tree.
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This photo was taken from the sidewalk along the playground area.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:55 pm

I visited the park yesterday with a friend and there were no eagles seen or heard. The nest looks the same as it did last time I visited.

Taken from the grassy area across the road from the washrooms.
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The back side of the nest taken from the road near the playground area.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Mon May 14, 2018 5:36 pm

We have visited Beacon Hill 3 times in as many weeks and each time there have been no sightings of eagles and no activity in the nest.
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed May 23, 2018 9:03 am

Not the news I wanted to hear, but perhaps they needed a year off :(
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:14 pm

I was speaking with a lady in the park this evening and she said there has been an eagle in the nest the last few times she has been in the park :dunno:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by elle » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:48 am

Kay: I was in the park yesterday afternoon and did not see or hear any eagles anywhere. :dunno:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:42 am

Lynda, the lady said she had just been over to the nest site site before I saw them and both she and her husband said they saw a white head in the nest. Now I'm wondering if it could have been a gull they saw :dunno:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by Calypso » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:26 pm

I haven't seen any sign of an eagle for a few weeks. Not on the totem pole, not on the Ogden Point lamp standards. Was under the nest tree yesterday and no sign of life.

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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:52 pm

Thanks calypso. A few other people I know have said they have not seen any eagles around the park or the nest area for a few weeks :dunno: I'm not sure what the other people saw but they said they saw eagles in the area of the nest tree :dunno:
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Re: Beacon Hill Park Eagles, Victoria BC - 2017/2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:42 pm

I have opened a new thread for the 2018/2019 season here. Please post your observations and photos on the new thread. This thread is now locked.
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