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Mom & Dad Hornby's Nest & Territory => 2009-2010 ~ Phoenix & Dudley => Topic started by: Tigerlady105 on July 14, 2010, 09:08:49 PM

Title: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 14, 2010, 09:08:49 PM
I came to this season with such joy, as I'm sure many others did.  My heart is heavy right now.   I'm going to keep Booni's beautiful picture of Phoenix close by and remember that there is next year and the year after that.  I didn't expect to feel this so deeply, but didn't expect it to happen, either.  I guess that it's a lesson in what does happen in nature, rather than what we want to happen.   :eccry

We had so much hope for Phoenix... :heart

Hugs to Doug, Sheila, Ajl and HEG for sharing the happy and the sad.  We are a family and are together here for many good reasons...

Title: Re: Sharing Our Thoughts
Post by: luvthebirds on July 14, 2010, 09:30:43 PM
Haiku for Phoenix

Phoenix and Dudley
Are now soaring with Echo
Their spirits live on


I will miss you dear Phoenix and the joy you brought us all.  My love to all who have shared in this adventure and know we are the better for it.  :heart
Title: Re: Sharing Our Thoughts
Post by: Punkinhead on July 15, 2010, 05:18:47 AM
I am in total disbelief and shock at the sudden passing of our beloved Phoenix...  I've been very busy this year and with so many in the chat now haven't signed in often, but I have checked the cam daily to get my Phoenix fix and he seemed to be progressing normally to me.  This is all so surreal... unfortunately nature brings us much happiness but also much sadness at times... a fact of life I guess.  I love luvthebirds words - Phoenix and Dudley are now soaring with Echo, and for sure their spirits will live on forever!!  My deepest sympathies go out to Doug and Sheila, Booni, Ajl and all the rest of my eagle friends.  ((HUGS)) to you all.  I will go about my business today with a very heavy heart. :eccry
Title: Re: Sharing Our Thoughts
Post by: Jo on July 15, 2010, 06:32:06 AM
I am missing him so much.  I could never view the cam at work, but would always look forward to checking in on him everyday after work, and in the mornings before work.  I've been late for work many times this past month or so, waiting for the light of day on Hornby Island.  Big empty places in my days now.  And in my heart.

Life goes on ... there will be another nest, another adventure, more eaglets.  But Phoenix will forever be the one who opened my eyes to this kind of magic.

I will never miss another season on Hornby Island.  I am a regular now. 
Title: Re: Sharing Our Thoughts
Post by: dizzymom70 on July 15, 2010, 12:28:03 PM
Little did I know when I picked July 14th for Phoenix's fledge date that, yes, she would fly on that date, and that it would be her final flight to heaven. I believe that she was born for a reason, and that her destiny will be fulfilled.
Title: Re: Sharing Our Thoughts
Post by: wannd on July 15, 2010, 03:02:05 PM
Have watched the cam for three months or more- daily and evenings. Was shocked last night between 7:00 and 8:20 mdt,what happened. Very sad, but natures way i guess. Am surprised the big guys have not returned. Will keep watching and see what happens next year.
Title: Re: Sharing Our Thoughts
Post by: ravenwing4 on July 15, 2010, 06:09:18 PM
I started watching the Hornby nest while Ma and Pa Hornby were still getting the nest ready for Phoenix and Dudly's eggs to be laid.  Doug, Ajl and so many others have so much knowledge to share with everyone and were always ready to answer anyone's questions.

Phoenix was a beautiful baby.   Small and fuzzy when he hatched Phoenix grew so quickly.  Soon it was hard to believe that he could ever have fit into an egg as small as his companion Dudly.  Dudly who was Phoenix's pillow, security toy, chair, what ever Phoenix needed.  We all were sad when it was his time to go.  Dudly was the first to fly away.

Phoenix kept on growing and developing.  Growing his feathers, getting wings and a tail that looked like what they should be, really looking like the young adult he was starting to become.  It was fun to watch him feeding, first from mom and dad, and then more and more on his own.  Rearranging things in the nest, exersizing his wings, hoping up and down on and off the cam, the edge of the nest, getting ready to make his first flight.

We all learned so much from Phoenix and each other.  It is sad that he is gone.  Phoenix is flying now and never has to worry about not finding food, being hurt or sick.  The important thing to remember is that we have our memories of Phoenix.  In that way he will live on.

Condolences to Doug, Sheila, Ajl, Booni and everyone else.  Thank you all for everything that you do.  There will be other years, other eggs, other eaglets, but we will never forget our Phoenix. :heart   :grouphug2
Title: Re: Sharing Our Thoughts
Post by: Eagle_Lover on July 16, 2010, 11:22:59 AM
I been a long time viewer of the Hornby Island Eagles, I have made many friends in the forum because of the eagles, I lurked this year because things kept me from being glued to my computer...

But  I have seen the sad times and good times.. I cant believe that Phoenix is gone, just a few days before her fledging, I hope we will find out what happen to her, it saddens me because the Hornbys have been through alot, Millions of us love these famous eagles, They have showed us how it is in the wild, took us on a journey of happiness and sadness we shared with them in thier private life. We were in the nest with them watching, living, smiling, laughing and Now Crying, grieving for our little baby eaglet]
 I'm so sorry for thier loss,
I'm thankful to Doug and Sheila for sharing with us thier eagles.

I always looked in on her to see what she was doing..I miss her terribly and I made tribute for her.. she will alway be in my heart along with the other little ones who have passed to soon..
I send  my Condolences to
Doug and Sheila and to all who made this possible
To all the Eagle lovers on the forum.
This was a favorite capture of Phoenix she was just laying there looking up so cute one day and it was hilarious.. the way she just laid down.. and stayed that way a few minutes... waiting on lunch..

Title: Re: Sharing Our Thoughts
Post by: beans on July 16, 2010, 11:51:46 AM
Thank you, tigerlady, for setting up this thread, where we can post our pictures and memories of Phoenix.  We are all sad, but let us also celebrate his life, short as it was. 

Phoenix having a chat with Dad May 15

Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: birdvoyer on July 18, 2010, 06:57:05 AM
Posted in response to a request on the chat by circlebear

"circlebear: (09:27) Evon Docherty there are simply no words to articulate the deep sorrow I have felt these past days but I do want to thank everyone involved in the recovery of our Beloved Phoenix. From the first day I have seen and been a small part of a love so large so real so magnificent that I have begun to have hope for all of mankind. If humanity can love this dear Eagle as it has then surely we can love one another as deeply and well. My thanks to those in chat, I weep with you all. I cannot bring myself yet to go there but believe me when I say I am with you all as we grieve and wait to learn what befell our dear Phoenix. Doug you and your wife are gifts and the gift you have given the rest of us goes un-matched, thank you.

Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: mammyjane on July 18, 2010, 08:21:50 AM
Living here in Louisiana where so many of our birds and other creatures have been destroyed by the oil spill, Phoenix was my bright spot. I began watching him on May 4, and since I am a retired teacher, I was able to look in on him several times a day. I was continually amazed at the care Phoenix received from Mum and Dad, and I was anxiously awaiting the time when he would fly. This is so sad, but I am forever hooked!  I can't wait to see our next babies. Thank you Sheila and Doug!
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: beans on July 18, 2010, 10:32:08 AM
Working as a volunteer in wildlife rehabilitation, I see so many deaths.  These are very hard to bear and make us all extremely sad, but we soldier on.  Watching Phoenix, a lively, plucky, endearing eaglet was a healing balm for me.  After a difficult day with sick or injured wildlife, I would turn on the cam when I got home and watch her.  

My heart goes out to you, mammyjane.  Our Wildlife Manager and EO at International Bird Rescue Research Center (headquarters for Oiled Wildlife Care Network) are still in the Gulf.  They have been there since the beginning of the spill, with only one short break of a few days about two weeks ago.  There is still so much to do there.  Horrible.
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: bayofundy on July 19, 2010, 07:41:54 AM
Phoenix is sadly missed,but will forever be in our hearts
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: serene on July 19, 2010, 12:03:47 PM
Something urged me the other day to sign in to chat again..it was a regular thing for me to do every day to chat with fellow peeps and watch Phoenix hatch and grow.
Phoenis using "Dudley" as a chair to prop himself up  :ecsmile
Then I fractured my shoulder in two places and could not type for quite a while. I would lurk to keep up waiting for the fledge.
It was with sadness and tears in my eyes when I read about Phoenix yesterday.:-(

Phoenix is now high above the clouds, soaring as only eagles can do...looking down on us all, chachunking all the while, telling us to carry on and remember the good days.
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: amyklai on July 19, 2010, 12:33:00 PM
Dedication to phoenix . The sun descended in the west ,
The bird's flew homeward to their nest
And the little children crept to bed
To rest awhile a weary head .
The lambs stopped frisking till the dawn
And left the meadows all forlorn ;
The flowers closed their sleepy eyes
To weaken up to bluer skies.

A flaming jewel sank to rest
By God's own rosy light caressed .
Amid this everlasting dream
Eternity shall always beam .

Author , Thelma Halfacre ., Dear friend .

Missing you Phoe .
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: bruner on July 20, 2010, 05:20:17 AM

Your comments, "Phoenix and Dudley Are now soaring with Echo Their spirits live on"   :angel:

Just a few words but they mean so much.  Thank you!

Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: only_an_egg on July 21, 2010, 12:11:50 AM
I listened to one of my favorite songs today, i hadn't heard it in sometime, it blew me away how the lyrics reflected.
 New Horizions: The Moody Blues
Well I've had dreams enough for one
And I've got love enough for three
I have my hopes to comfort me
I got my new horizons out to sea

But I'm never going to lose your precious gift
It will always be that way
Cos I know I'm going to find my own peace of mind

Where is this place that we have found
Nobody knows where we are bound
I long to hear, I need to see
Cos I've shed tears too many for me

But I'm never going to lose your precious gift
It will always be that way
Cos I know I'm going to find my own peace of mind

On the wind soaring free
Spread your wings
I'm beginning to see
Out of mind far from view
Beyond the reach of a nightmare come true

Well I've had dreams enough for one
And I got love enough for three
I have my hopes to comfort me
I got my new horizons out to sea

But I'm never going to lose your precious gift
It will always be that way
Cos I know I'm going to find my own peace of mind

Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Rajame on July 21, 2010, 08:45:41 AM
Thank you Eggy. Such a nice tribute. I know our hearts will mend.  :heart
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Donnae on July 21, 2010, 11:16:04 PM
I came to the chat last year to see both Hope and Echo hatch and remember the joy we felt watching them grow. Then we lost Echo which was so devasting to us but we had the joy of watching our beloved Hope grow up and fledge and what a girl she is. Then she returned this year to Hornby, we were all so overjoyed.

We also had the opportunity to watch the cam off season this year and marveled at all the things we hadn't seen before-- the nestorations, the courtship, the Hanky Panky ( heard but not really seen) Dad testing the bowl. It was simply amazing. We were over- joyed by the eggs that were laid, and watched with great enthusiasm for the first pip. When Phoenix was hatched we were overwhelmed and so excited, after a few days, we realized that the other egg was not to be, so Dudley it was named. But really it wasn't a dud, as Dudley serviced a purpose for our Phoenix-- her cuddly blanket so to speak.

We loved to watch her growth, her feeding, her time alone sleeping, her wingexercizing, her staring at the world she hope to venture in and her time with Mom and Dad. We laugh, joked and shared so many interesting things, it was so joyous. We were so looking forward to her fledge but sadly it was not to be.

Phoenix you brought us so much joy and you were here for a purpose in your all too short life. We miss you terribly but you were so loved by people all over the world. I don't regret one moment of your time with us.

Doug and Sheila, thank you for sharing this cam with us and helping us to learn. I will be watching for October's return of Mom and Dad, the nestorations, and waiting for eggs next year. With learning comes a great appreciation of these wonderful birds. Phoenix you will always be in our hearts, time will heal and we will be able to look back on your far to short life and smile and even laugh, for now it is painful. I know you are soaring somewhere along side of Echo. Fly Phoenix fly and thank you for all you have given us.
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: luvthebirds on July 22, 2010, 08:48:19 AM
I still cannot quite get the words out for Phoenix and that will come soon.  But today, I wanted to remember how Phoenix inspired us to try out a new way of writing.  :eclol  It was fun to do in the chat.
So today I played with alliteration and this is for Phoenix.  Hope it may bring a smile or memory.....

I Remember

I remember when it was so much phun to talk like this; thanks to our special phemale Phoenix:

Phoenix phound it phabulously phun to pheast on phreshly phetched phish, phinely philleted by her phaithphul, phantastic parents!  And they always phorgave her when she phelt a tad phrenetic about it!


Phoenix phelt her pheathers phinding their way through her phuzzy downy pheathers.  And they phelt phantastic.


Phoenix was a phantastic, phine pheathered phriend to all of her phine phans!  And a pheminine phenom phor sure.

I will miss you dear Phoenix, but you live on in all our hearts.

Phoenix may not have phledged as we phantasized, but she phlies phorever phree in the pheelings of her phaithphul phans.

July 22, 2010
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Cawatcher on July 22, 2010, 09:07:14 AM
 :eclove  Luvthebirds, beautiful!!
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: NFBetsy on July 22, 2010, 01:37:25 PM
Luvthebirds - what phun!  Phirst time I've really smiled in a week!  Thanks.
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: ravenwing4 on July 22, 2010, 04:11:10 PM
Thank you Luvthebirds for that memory.  It was fun.  There were chills running up and down my body as I could see Phoenix in my mind, and all the things she use to do.

We will never forget our Phoenix.

Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Rajame on July 22, 2010, 05:11:34 PM

I watched in my minds eye as I read your phun memories of Phoenix. I am missing her so much. It helps to have beautiful memories and funny ones too.

Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Nancy P on July 23, 2010, 06:57:37 AM
I am an Educational Assistant in a class of 10 children. One of your teachers gave us the link for the webcam and Phoenix was about a week old when we started watching her.

We watched faithfully every morning as part of our calender routine. The kids grew to love her very much and learned many facts about eagles. Many of them took the website home in their planners to watch over summer break.

It saddens me that Phoenix has passed and I thank you for the opportunities for our kids to share in the beauty of this bird and to have learned great things from her...
When we return in September I will pass along the sad news to the children and they will be sad...but we will patiently wait for next years adventure.

She will be sadly missed by all of us.....here's to you Phoenix, may you soar in peace!
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 23, 2010, 10:19:50 AM
Luv, thanks for sharing your Phun words about our beloved Phoenix.  Her legacy will keep her soaring for a long tme. 
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: rheawalters on July 23, 2010, 02:06:43 PM
Luv, you have such a way with words, and we did have a lot of phun with phonics. :nod2
I am looking phorward to your next installment.
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Donder on July 23, 2010, 04:07:40 PM

I send you my sincerest sympathies. I know how it feels to get so involved with a species and then lose one. I am a guardian for piping plovers (an endangered species) on Wasaga Beach in Ontario. Yesterday to our horror before our very eyes, a ring billed gull came in and ate one of our 2 day old chicks. I know what a place in our hearts these creatures occupy and the sadness of losing one. I keep telling myself that it is all part of the cycle of life. Sometimes that helps and other times, not so much.

We must all concentrate on the ones we have left. For us it is an especially tense difficult year as our plovers go down to the Gulf of Mexico to winter.

Keep up the good work and Gods bless you.
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Thumper66 on July 23, 2010, 09:17:40 PM
I watched as Phoenix took her last breath.  My heart sank and the tears flowed nonstop.  There was nothing that could be done….everyone watched as Doug, Ajl, the HEG team and Maj from MARS moved heaven and earth to make the attempt, but it all happened so fast.  My heart-felt thanks to everyone who joined their hands, minds, and hearts to try to save our little girl.

I will remember the good times and funny moments that Phoenix afforded the thousands of people who tuned in every day and night to see her progress.  She started out as our cute little bundle of fluff, wobbling on those unsteady legs, with complete dependence on mom and dad Hornby.  Mr. & Mrs. Hornby are such wonderful, tender and compassionate parents.  We viewed something that most humans will never experience.  And I would like to thank Doug and Sheila Carrick for their gift to us - the window into the daily lives of the Hornby family.

Phoenix’s appearance changed daily, as did her personality.  As she became more physically independent, her attitude became just a smidgeon more demanding; but nothing that a little “thump” from mom couldn’t fix.  Overall, she was a gentle and sweet little eaglet.  Watching her cuddle up to mom, imitating dad with the “nestorations’, “wingersizing”, and seeing how proud she was accomplishing higher and higher airlifts while hopping around the nest was truly a comedy in progress.  She never failed to entertain.  

To all of you chat room supporters, you have freely demonstrated your sadness, love and compassion as we all mourn with Mom and Dad Hornby at the loss of our beloved Phoenix.  I will never forget the hours and hours of education and entertainment she provided me.  And, I pray that Phoenix’s life and death will serve to enrich the lives of all wildlife in the future.

I will love and miss you, dear Phoenix.  You’ve carved a place in my heart forever.  May you soar with the Eagles, my love.  
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 24, 2010, 12:34:27 AM
Donder and Thumper, you voiced what many of us felt and still feel.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: luvthebirds on July 25, 2010, 10:23:55 PM
I wrote some new haikus for Phoenix tonight.  They are posted here: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=147.msg20007#msg20007 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=147.msg20007#msg20007)

I am so glad we can share our memories of Phoenix.  She was, and will continue to be, well loved.  :eclove
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: luvthebirds on July 26, 2010, 03:45:02 PM
Here is a poem for Phoenix.  It came to me this morning.  And my thanks to mr. ltb for a small suggestion that was just right. 

Phoenix, Did You Know?

Phoenix, I wonder,
Did you know
How many people loved you,
How many watched you grow?

Could you feel our wonder as we saw
Your fuzzy head appear
And feel how we delighted as we watched you
Bobbling front to rear?

Could you hear us laugh on those days
When your crop was like a great big ball
When we chuckled while we wondered
If you leaned forward, would you fall?

Phoenix, did you know
How many people cared for you
How we delighted in your antics
And the shows you gave us, too?

Could you feel the viewers watching
As the midshipman seemed like you it would attack
And feel us smile as your mom stepped on it
So she could hold it back?

Could you sense us as we held our breath
As you discovered the nest edge
And hear the collective sigh heard round the world
When you did not tumble off the ledge?

Phoenix, did you know
The feelings we all shared
For a dear, sweet eaglet
For whom so much we cared?

Could you hear the laughter you gave to us
Who were scattered far and wide
Thinking your big yellow feet so precious
While your parents felt such pride?

Could you feel our anticipation as to
Hop, flap, and wingersize you began
And know how proud you made us
When you fleaped up to the cam?

Phoenix, did you know
How we wished for your first flight
And how we would listen for your sweet sounds
Long into the night?

Could you feel our hearts all breaking
As you lost your fight to live
Could you feel the love we sent your way
And know it was all we had to give?

Could you know that you would live again
In the hearts and minds of us all
And as your namesake, Phoenix, live forever
Always alive in our shared recall?

Phoenix, did you know
That you will be remembered by all of those who cared
Your legacy, a better world, where,
Because of you, more birds will fill the air?

Phoenix, did you know?
Yes, I'm sure you do.

© 2010 luvthebirds
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Rajame on July 26, 2010, 05:21:40 PM
Thank you Luv. That is beautiful and touches my heart. I like to think that she does know. :heart
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: ravenwing4 on July 26, 2010, 08:16:52 PM
Thank you Luvthebirds.  That was a beautiful poem and said everything that I think everyone has been feeling.  I know I cryed when I read it remembering sweet Phoenix.  I am sure that she felt the love that so many people were sending her way, especially at the end.  She must have known that she was not alone.

Thank you again.   :nod2

Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 27, 2010, 08:09:43 AM
Luv, that's a beautiful poem.  You say what is in your heart (and ours) so well.  Thank you.  I thought I was done crying, but it brought tears to my eyes.   :heart
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: mkd on July 27, 2010, 02:46:16 PM
That's a beautiful poem Luv. Your poem sums up all my feelings.  I thought my tears were done but they are welling up again reading this.  I believe Phoe did know :-)
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: boonibarb on July 29, 2010, 06:28:14 AM

Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: Chipadee on August 01, 2010, 09:30:41 PM
Thumper and Luv, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful gift of words.  :heart 
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: luvthebirds on September 06, 2010, 11:10:00 PM
I posted a new poem for Phoenix in the Memories of Phoenix thread:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=353.msg26296#msg26296 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=353.msg26296#msg26296)
Title: Re: Sharing Memories of Phoenix
Post by: luvthebirds on September 17, 2010, 02:32:50 PM
One more poem for Phoenix: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=147.msg28197#msg28197 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=147.msg28197#msg28197)