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Offline boonibarb

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Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:33:25 AM »
 
Observations, fotos & videos of Nest #32 & it*s territory can be posted & enjoyed here.
Nest #32 is in a beautiful old Tree in a grassy field on a cliff overlooking some of the most beautiful sandstone rock formations of Hornby.
This is an excellent fishing area.
The Eagle pair can often be seen perched at Ford Cove, in the trees over the cabins & store, & near the dock there.
i bet they keep an eye on people who have fished & are cleaning their fish & leaving scraps!

To read about the 2011 - 2012 Season, click here.
 
Click Here to read about what happened in the 2010-2011 season.

the story of Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2009-2010 Season can be found here.
 
 
& here is wren*s lovely detailed map to help you to find this Nest.


Here is the second edition of my nest map.

This map sums up our observations of the nests of Hornby Island for the summer of 2011. The information was collected from direct observation by Booni and myself, and from conversations with the nests' neighbours.
Click on the map to see the larger size, and click again to explore details.



 

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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2013, 03:06:55 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIfT-5MpCkA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIfT-5MpCkA</a>
Ford's cove mom eagle does a fly-by as dad is trilling from the tree top above me June 2013
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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 11:14:38 PM »
I visited this nest today, hoping to find out if there were any eaglets this year. First one I saw was one of the adults - this one looks Mom-ish to me - perched on a branch where I have often seen her or her mate.

Her left foot is tucked up...
July 3, 7:10 pm



To get a view of the nest, I had to pass right under her! There are lots of visitors to that beach at this time of the year, and I tiptoed below, hoping not to disturb her. She watched but did not seem too concerned. She remained on that perch for my whole visit.




I stayed within view of the nest for a good long time, but didn't see any movement... I usually end up in the field at nap time anyway. But I did on two occasions hear some faint screeps coming from the nest... So I'm pretty sure that there is at least one eaglet in there.

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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »
The Ford Cove pair have moved to a new nest!  :eceek

So that was why the screeps I heard last week were so quiet. The nest is further away from the water.

This morning I talked to a neighbour of this nest. He told me that in the fall, the eagles seemed to be repairing the old nest. Then later on in the year he saw them carrying many branches further inland.

He said that the eagles have one favourite spot in a meadow near his house, from which they like to pull grasses to bring to the nest. Always the same area.

Then this summer he could see all the comings and goings from further back in the woods, and nobody attending the old nest.

He gracefully gave me permission to go poke around... I found a grove of trees that was mostly second growth, but had three older trees at the back. Loud screeps were coming from that area. Two of the older trees had many poop shots around them. I'm thinking that one must be the nest tree and one the babysitting tree. The largest tree had the most white splashes around it, and also some gull feathers. I was not able to spot the nest itself. But it has to be somewhere very near there, from the sounds I could hear.

So, at least one healthy screeper in the new Ford Cove nest.  :eclove

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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2013, 07:28:22 PM »


Miigwetch for all the sleuthing!! Wish I was there to "help"!
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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2013, 09:14:13 AM »
 
After finding the 24let branching here, we carried on to Ford Cove, where we spotted this youngster screeching & flying around!
Likely an Eaglet from the new Ford Cove Nest!

july 18 2013 11:36 - Ford Cove Eaglet



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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2013, 11:38:06 AM »
 
It was the Hornby Home & Garden Tour day & we had finished our tour.
On the way home we stopped to pick up stuff from Ford Cove.
While my friend, who is NOT an Eagle lover!, went to get her stuff, i shared a private giggle with myself that i was able to spot & photograph an Eagle right out the passenger window from where she had parked us!  :mhihi

june 30 2013 16:42 - Ford Cove Eagle











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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2013, 01:17:04 PM »
:eceek Just happened to park in the perfect spot :eclove Loviing these photos booni

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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2013, 05:03:39 PM »


awww...miigwetch!!  these pictures are wonderful!  I love Love LOVE the lighting!
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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2013, 11:34:33 AM »
 
Every year i say i*m going to make in down to Ford Cove Marina in time to photograph the Purple Martins when they are there, & every year i never seem to get around to it.
But i was there for a bit on this day & at least got a bit of footage of these lovely Birds.
The sounds they make are just wonderful, & so distinctive.
This first one is a male, & you can even see his ankle number bands!

july 25 2013 13:49 - male Purple Martin



Here is the female with her interesting, lighter markings.

july 25 2013 13:54 - female Purple Martin



& here is a youngster in one of the boxes.
Look at the little feet perched on the rim of the hole & the lovely feathering sticking out!
Too bad i didn*t catch the number on the box, i believe they are numbered there?

july 25 2013 13:57 - Purple Martin Nestling



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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2013, 11:51:43 AM »
 
Here is a little video i got of one of the little Nestlings being fed!
i am not sure if this was the only one in this box.
Watch how the youngster watches for the adult & makes a grab for food as they pass the first time, then lets you know in plenty of time when the adult is flying in with a mouthful of insects for them!
Listen to the sweet peeps of the youngster, too.

july 25 2013 13:58 - Purple Martin Nestling getting fed

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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2013, 06:08:21 AM »


Wow booni!!  How cool is that?
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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2013, 10:17:06 AM »
 
Okay, so we were down at Ford Cove having fish & chips.
There is an Eagle perch Tree right next to the parking lot, which often has an Eagle perched in it.
Today was a case in point!
It was hot hot & this Eagle was trying to cool off.

august 6 2013 16:01 - Eagle at Ford Cove



Look how the beak is open with the tongue protruding.
The wings are splayed to let out the heat.
The belly & breast feathers are even opened up.
Where they are open you can see a sort of cavity where the skin is exposed which was perhaps the brood/incubation patch!





Wings open even wider now.





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Re: Nest #32 - Ford Cove - 2013 season
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2013, 10:22:07 AM »
 
In this foto you can see their nictitating membrane, half closed over the eye.

august 6 2013 16:04 - Eagle at Ford Cove



Here, they have spotted something!
Look how their posture has changed!



Still eyeballing whatever it was they saw.



Look how their right foot is open here, with the talons pointing up.
They were just changing their perch to turn around & face the other way.



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