Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

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Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:42 pm

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 Eagle Nesting Season

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The Surrey Reserve and Nest:

The Surrey Reserve bald eagle nest was built in late August 2018 to replace one that fell down a couple of years ago. It is located in the first bald eagle reserve in British Columbia, land set aside by an agreement between the city of Surrey and developers Dawson & Sawyer to guarantee space for eagles to nest while adjacent land was cleared for a housing development (read the full story here).

The Reserve is on the southern edge of the city of Surrey, in close proximity to the Semiahmoo Bay eagle fishing habitat and not that far from the home of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. It is now surrounded by townhomes but the nest itself is about 90 feet above the ground in a cottonwood tree, nestled amongst the trees included on the Reserve.

The Nest Tree
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Semiahmoo Bay eagle fishing habitat
Semiahmoo Bay.jpg

Map of Surrey Reserve area - The X is approximately where the nest is.
SR Map.jpg
Map Courtesy of the City of Surrey Online Mapping System,
and is open data which may be republished without restriction.



The Cameras:

There are two powerful pan-tilt-zoom cams in place to watch the nest, one overhead and the other in a tree about 35 feet away that allows us to see the eagles come and go from the nest. Both have sound and night vision (not visible to the eagles).

North Cam View
North Cam View.jpg
South Cam View
South Cam view.jpg
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:43 pm

2019-2020 Season Notable Dates:

Adults returned:

Eggs laid:

Eggs hatched:

Eaglets named:

First branched:

Fledged:

Eaglets last seen:

Adults last seen:


Useful LInks:
Surrey Reserve Cams
2018-2019 Discussion Thread
Fall 2019 Cam Cleaning
Reports and Photos from Ground Observers
Surrey Reserve History and Information
Background article about the nest and the cam
Hancock Wildlife forum member's DICTION-AERIE
Surrey Weather Now



Nest Adoptions for 2019/2020 are now available!

In the 2020 nesting season (September 2019-August 2020) this nest has been adopted by:

~ gemini
~ JudyB
~ Parkland Burnaby Refinery
~ Barb Fitzsimmons and Robert Meyer


Previous Year's Adoptions

2013 - 2019

You too can honor your favorite fine feathered family
and support the work of Hancock Wildlife by adopting
HWF nest of your choice.

Click HERE to see how!
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:06 pm

IDing The Eagles:

The resident pair, aptly named Res (the female) and Sur (the male) are not easy to tell apart. However, each has his/her own distinctive traits, some permanent and some possibly only temporary, that
help to identify which eagle we are looking at.

Permanent Differences:

Res (on the left) is bigger than Sur (click 2x)
Res bigger than Sur.jpg

The black dots on the iris are permanent (Res on left) (click 2x)
Res's right eye - Sur's left eye.jpg

We hope to get scaps of their other eye this season.


Other differences:

NOTE: Keeping in mind that any feathering differences can disappear as feathers are molted, here are some of the differences noted during the past season. With any luck at all at least one, if not all, will be there when they return from migration.


Res (on the left) has has white feathering and less yellow skin around the eyes; Sur has some dark feathers and more yellow skin around the eyes giving the eye area a darker appearance; (click 2x)
eye Feathering.jpg
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2019-2020 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:39 pm

Other differences (cont'd)

NOTE: Keeping in mind that any feathering differences can disappear as feathers are molted, here are some of the differences noted during the past season. With any luck at all at least one, if not all, will be there when they return from migration.



Sur's neckline (on the left) is more ragged and has one or two wayward feathers below the neckline; Res has a more rounded collar and a little tuft of feathers that sometimes seems to stick up on the top of her head, which appears as a shadow or gray spot at times.
Sur ragged collar, Res more even collar.jpg

Sur (right) has a black mark on the lower right corner of his tail. Res has no markings. (Click 2x)
Res on right.jpg

Sur (on the left) has black spots on his upper tail; Res has little to no markings (click 2x)
Spot on upper tail.jpg

Res has one more telling difference - a white stripe at the base of each wing that is sometimes visible when they are folded.
Res's wing stripes.jpg
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