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Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:14 pm

Welcome to the Field Rd nest thread for the 2019/2020 Season.

If you visit the Field Rd nest in Wilson Creek on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada you are welcome to post comments and pictures here.

This nest was new to the forum in 2016 though the nest has been occupied at least since 2011 and probably a lot longer. The nest is in a big Douglas Fir on private property and any views from public property are from quite a distance or would require bushwacking through scrub. However from our property we have a peek-a-boo view of the back of the nest and as we have quite a few big trees around us we're quite well placed for observations of the activities of the adults and juveniles throughout the year. The pictures may not always be great but hopefully they'll be interesting!!

The nest is in the riparian area of Husdon Creek at the back of a big vacant lot on upper Field Rd. The nest tree can be seen from Field Rd but I haven't been able to see the actual nest as its hidden by foliage. The nest tree is a tall tree with a bent top circled in the picture below. Adult eagles can sometimes be seen sitting in the trees along Field Rd - I'm sure that is also this couple.

2012/13 - 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 26
2013/14 - 1 eaglet fledged, date unknown
2014/15 - 1 eaglet fledged, date unknown
2015/16 - 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 23.
2016/17 - 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 15. Second eaglet fell from nest on Aug 11 but was rescued and taken to Gibsons WIldlife Rehab and OWL for rehab. He was released near his nest on Feb 1 2018. We all wish him a long and happy life living wild and free with many thanks to all that helped get him there :)
2017/18 - 1 eaglet fledged on or before July 16. Thread here here
2018/19 - No eaglets seen or heard this season. Hoping for better luck next year :luck:
2019/20 - Ma and Pa back in early Oct. New nest location spotted in March


Here's a picture of the nest tree from Field Rd. To take this image I parked at the mail boxes on Wilson Rd and walked a little way down Field Rd to get a clear view of the nest tree. I took the image in March, in the summer there are a lot of leafy trees in the way so the view is not as good.
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:15 pm

Here are some pics from previous seasons

Ma and Pa fluffed up to stay warm one cold January morning
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Both eaglets in the nest in July 2017
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Little Miller (the youngest eaglet) on his release day in Feb 2018
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:15 pm

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:46 pm

Ma and Pa are back!! :)

I saw a single eagle about 2 weeks ago and have been hearing 2 eagles calling to each other some mornings.

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:53 pm

Last week Ma and Pa were definitely doing some nest repairs. I saw 1 adult skipping about in some big Douglas Firs near the nest tree seemingly eyeing up some branches. Then a few moments later I heard an enormous crack high up in the trees. It was out of my sight but I just caught a glimpse of some eagle wings through the trees in the same area. And today an adult flew low overhead carrying some moss toward the trees - so perhaps the finishing touches! :) One pic from Nov 7 of one adult carrying moss to the nest

A few days ago I saw the two adults leaving the nest at first light so perhaps they had been sleeping there together overnight. No pics for this as it was just too dark!
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:34 pm

Then more moss on Nov 7 plus a sunset shot from later that day
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:36 pm

On Nov 10, Ma and Pa were enjoying some synchronized flying together. They flew off into the distance with each other
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:39 pm

On Nov 22 a juvenile came to visit. One adult sitting in a shady spot shortly afterwards. Then Ma and Pa moved to their favourite lookout tree ..... to do some looking out together!
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:40 pm

And back there again on Nov 24 in the late afternoon
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:46 pm

On Nov 25 Ma (I think) was looking for some extra branches for their nest and was sitting quite low in a tree. After looking very intently at several branches she snapped one off and flew off towards the nest. The last pic is of the nest later that day... I guess with at least one more stick!
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:48 pm

A juvenile did a flyby later on Nov 25
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:54 pm

On Dec 25 we had a visit from a lost domestic duck which definitely caught the attention of one of the adults.

The duck was reunited with its owners so the eagles missed out on their duck dinner!
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:06 pm

On Jan 15 there was a dispute between 2 adults near the nest tree. I actually saw them almost lock talons as they swirled and whirled.

I wasn't fast enough to get any pics of that but I do have some of them giving each other stink eye from adjoining branches. After a few minutes one flew off away from the nest and the other flew to the nest so I guess they managed to resolve it .... at least for now! :)

The first pics are of one of the adults shouting out to the other with what I assume was a warning before they took to the sky.

And as you can see it was one of our rare snowy days!

And the last pic is from Jan 29 when Ma and Pa are enjoying the late afternoon sun on one of their favourite trees.
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by stim » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:02 pm

You've definitely seen some good and promising activity here Heather! Hoping for a great season for this couple, and you. :luck:

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:08 pm

Some random pics from February including a clever flyby by 1 adult and 1 visiting juvenile
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Feb 2 flyover by 1 adult
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Feb 8, a visiting adult perched nearby while .....
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.... Ma and Pa sit in their favourite tree not seeming to mind too much
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Feb 17, a visiting juvenile and one adult perform a flyby ... step 1...
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..... step 2 ....
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.... step 3 !
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Feb 27
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Feb 29 Ma and Pa in their favourite tree again
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:04 pm

A few random pics from early March
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Mar 4 - A visit from a juvenile
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Mar 6 - A flyby by Pa
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Mar 7 - Ma preening
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:04 pm

My apologies for being so bad at not posting recently but I have still been following and photographing Ma and Pa. It has been pretty quiet as everything gears up for the breeding season but this week I had some really big news ...... Ma and Pa seem to have a new nest !!!!

A few days ago I heard a lot of noise coming from a tree quite a distance from the usual nest and could see 2 adults in what looked like a clump of sticks. I took some pics and when I zoomed in it most definitely looked like a nest! Then today I saw an adult flying into this new location with a long stick and again when I zoomed in 2 adults were in the new nest.

So my guesses are that as Ma and Pa had no success last season they thought a fresh start might help. Or perhaps this is a new Ma and Pa and they wanted something a bit smaller and easier to keep clean. :) The old nest is till there but does perhaps look a little bedraggled - maybe it collapsed in the last big windstorm and was just to tricky to repair. I will see if I can get over there to get a better look at it

This nest is quite a bit closer and a bit lower than the usual nest and even though it is obscured by branches I might be able to get better pics. Only time will tell!

Exciting times! :woohoo:

Mar 7 - A pic of the old nest. Its looking pretty rough!
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Mar 7 - some construction in the new nest
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Mar 7 - some construction in the new nest
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Mar 12 - Fetching one more stick for the nest
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Mar 13 - Admiring the finished nest!
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by stim » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:59 pm

I just read this update Heather. Very interesting. You mentioned what could have been a territorial type dispute Jan 15. I will add another scenario in that another female may have taken over from Ma. According to David the male chooses the territory, the female chooses the nest and may not want to settle into another female's nest. It will be interesting to follow!

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by JudyB » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:09 pm

Fund Drive for Hard Drives

Good afternoon, everyone! I have just learned that we do not have the hard drives we need to record our cams as we approach little chick time - and we do not have the funds necessary to buy them.

These are the high resolution drives that are connected directly to the cams at the site, making it possible to record high quality videos of events at the nests - and we usually have them up and running before the eggs are laid. As you know, we already have eggs at three of our four nests, and they are likely any day now at the fourth nest - so time is of the essence.

Our tech person Ken is estimating that it will cost about $7000 to buy the high quality, high capacity drives needed for our 9 cams, and while we are keeping up with our regular monthly expenses, we don't have the extra money needed to buy and install the hard drives.

I know this is a hard time financially for many of us, with many businesses closed - but it may also be a time when some of us are staying home and watching the eagles after cancelling planned trips or dinners out - and I'd like to ask those who can to contribute towards these hard drives.
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 8:58 pm

With the nest in a different tree we now seem to be on one of the flight paths into the nest. The eagles quite often fly right over our house to get to the nest. Hopefully once they start feeding eaglets they don't accidentally drop something :D

Some pics from Mar 17 and Mar 19
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 9:21 pm

On Mar 24 I'm not exactly sure what was happening but it seemed as though Pa was chasing off another adult that got too close

Emergency takeoff!
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In hot pursuit
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The intruder is perhaps a female with a full crop?
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Pa returning after seeing off the intruder
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 9:32 pm

On Mar 24 a flyby from I think Ma Ma with what looked like a full crop. I was interested to see her unusual talon. This looks really similar to the talon I noted in this post from last season viewtopic.php?p=183611#p183611
Though in that post I thought it might be Pa :)

Ma flying overhead
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Landing gear down.....
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.... and final approach
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Closeup showing unusual talon
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 9:36 pm

On Mar 30 looked like a feeding of some kind of small fish :D
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Close crop showing fish tail in adults mouth
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 9:46 pm

On April 1 one of the adults obviously had an itch that wouldn't wait. :D It just shows how totally comfortable they are in the air. Just a total no-brainer to be scratching behind your ear while you are flying 100m above the ground
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 9:58 pm

On April 5, 2 juveniles came to visit and I think Pa spent some time flying around with them enjoying the warm thermals
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 10:03 pm

Also on Apr 5 a really low flyover as I happened to be standing outside with a great view of that unusual talon
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 10:11 pm

On April 18, another adult got too close and was chased off
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 10:14 pm

On Apr 26 a flyby from a juvenile

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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by heatherj » Sun May 17, 2020 10:23 pm

On May 2, a juvenile visited just before sunset. Then at sunset Pa perched watching over the nest while Ma fed the eaglets below! Such a beautiful scene :)
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Re: Field Rd Bald Eagles, Sunshine Coast, BC - 2019/2020 season

Post by stim » Mon May 18, 2020 10:49 am

Wow Heather, you got some incredible shots! Proof your Ma from last year is back, proof that eagles can scratch an itch while flying! I think DH should see that. Want me to let him know you posted photos of that or would you like to? Great shots of landing gear. How special they all are.
Now hoping the eaglets choose to look out on the visible side of the nest! At least it is a feeding side. :luck:
Can't tell if one of those juvies is Miller. :dunno:

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