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Author Topic: Olsen Farm Nest - 2013-2014 season  (Read 11182 times)
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« Post / Reply #15 on: July 06, 2014, 10:29:18 PM »


So, wren, i was out to Toby Island today & at one point i heard an Eaglet screeping, i thought.
i wonder where they were?
i was thinking maybe the Olsen Farm Nest, but maybe not?
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« Post / Reply #16 on: July 06, 2014, 10:44:43 PM »

Booni, yes, you're giving away the next part of the story...   mhihi

There is a new nest on the western end of Olsen Farm. I found it on my next trip to this area, about 3 days ago. The neighbours think it is a replacement of the Heron Rocks Nest.
I have photos of the nest with one eaglet, and both parents. Meanwhile there was another pair sitting on a rock nearer the Olsen Farm nest.  
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« Post / Reply #17 on: July 06, 2014, 10:55:18 PM »



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« Post / Reply #18 on: July 06, 2014, 10:56:44 PM »

Heeheehee!
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« Post / Reply #19 on: July 07, 2014, 04:41:25 AM »

so where are the photos, Wren?  you are teasing us!
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« Post / Reply #20 on: July 07, 2014, 02:36:07 PM »

big grin

All in good time, Maggies... I'll post them on the Heron Rocks thread, but I have stories from other nests to tell beforehand!

Stay tuned!
(In other words: yes, I'm teasing you)
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« Post / Reply #21 on: July 07, 2014, 06:24:25 PM »

I love suspense!
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« Post / Reply #22 on: July 26, 2014, 08:38:40 AM »

 
Late yesterday afternoon i headed to the Library to pick up the goodies i had ordered & as i arrived at the driveway to it there was a lump on the road that just didn*t quite seem like a rock or a Fir cone.
It was a sweet little Bird!
i figured it was a goofy youngster, waiting to be fed, so i would just pop them back in the bush where it was safer, but something did not look right about how they were behaving.
i was able to walk right up to them & look close & they just sat there.
i went to get my Bird box & when i came back they had their head tucked under their wing.
With no effort i was able to grab them & put them in the box that had a small cloth already lining the bottom.
They put out a squawk, but that was about it.
i picked up my goodies & went home to call MARS.
When i looked at the phone, there was a message from MARS!
i figured it was about the Purple Finch female, but it was MAJ, & there was an Eagle reported down near the Heron Rocks campsite.
i called the person who had seen the Eagle, & she said the Eagle was down on the beach & had behaved strangely to her, flapped, then hid under the brush at the high edge of the beach.
She had marked the area then gone back to the campsite to call MARS.
Actually, she called a vet first, & they suggested MARS.
i called wren, & we loaded up our gear & headed down to the campsite.
Four of us headed down the beach ready to capture the Eagle.
It was a twenty minute walk over seaweedy rocks & washed up logs, the tide was coming in.
We got to the spot where the Eagle had been hiding but they were gone!
wren pointed out green poopshots & down feathers, where the Eagle had been.
Then the woman discovered a Seal Pup on the beach!
i thought she must be kidding.
We*d just seen a lovely Fawn, too.
But sure enough, there was the tiniest Seal Pup on the edge of the water in the seaweed.
i took some documentation fotos & a video.

july 25 2014 17:52 - lone Seal Pup





https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/14749322945/
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« Post / Reply #23 on: July 26, 2014, 08:57:55 AM »

 
july 25 2014 17:53 - lone Seal Pup
 
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ETmfXOQIUc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ETmfXOQIUc</a>
 
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« Post / Reply #24 on: July 26, 2014, 09:06:15 AM »

 
i had to cut that video short because the tiny Pup was going into the water!
wren netted him, & i picked him up & wrapped him in a towel.
He weighed a ton!
i carried him the long trudge back to the campsite telephone while wren & the two others searched for the down Eagle.
& it was a long trudge, carrying this surprisingly heavy little thing.
For how tiny he was, he was quite densely heavy.
& i know if he were with his Mother, he would weigh a lot more than this.
They should look like overblownup balloons.
The tide had come in, so i had to carry him over the logs without falling.
i had all my gear on to capture an Eagle & it was HOT.
The little guy let out a cry a few times, & was wiggling his tail & lifting his head, which was covered by a towel.
i thought i*d never get there.
Finally i did, & i put the little tyke in our Eagle carrier & called Island Wildlife Natural Care Center.
He was so tiny.
While i was waiting, a man was questioning what i was doing.
He said lone Seal Pups should be left alone, that the mother will come back for him.
i have read this in many places, even in the newspaper!, but this is not true.
Mothers beach with their little ones to feed them breast milk & protect them.
They will not leave them alone on a beach like this for predators to attack them.
They are left by well-meaning people & they starve to death or get pecked at by Birds.
This little guy was thin & shivering.
Marielle arranged for Jim Funk*s water taxi to deliver the poor little fella to IWNCC via volunteers who would meet him at Deep Bay.
One volunteer is a vet tech & she will take the pup*s temperature.
So wren & i headed down to Ford Cove to meet him.
i decided to send my little Bird in the box to them too.
Wish them both well!
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« Post / Reply #25 on: July 26, 2014, 09:28:58 AM »

booni and wren - you surely are having a busy summer with rescues on Hornby. The little seal pup reminds me of Oriole, although maybe not quite so thin - what a lucky pup to be rescued. I hope the woman keeps an eye out for the downed eagle.

I was hoping you have good boots for walking on slippery rocks, then I wondered if some sort of backback-sidepack canvas bag might help to carry rescues like the seal - sort of like an enclosed baby carrier, so that your hands are free(r). Like Norm's carrier bag, but with straps.

Will the seal place deal with the little bird or send it on to another rehab?

Good luck to both creatures.
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« Post / Reply #26 on: July 26, 2014, 01:16:25 PM »

Booni and Wren, feel my hug.
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« Post / Reply #27 on: July 26, 2014, 01:29:11 PM »

What a trek with the little seal - way to go, Booni and Wren!
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« Post / Reply #28 on: July 26, 2014, 11:34:21 PM »

Today I went to check the area again, and didn't find anything...

I think this is the smallest seal I've ever seen. He's even smaller than the one I sent to care from Ford Cove last week. Much smaller than Oriole, though you're right, Nancy, he reminds me of Oriole too.  He has the same lovely silver colouring, and the same look of being too small for his pyjamas.  heart
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« Post / Reply #29 on: July 27, 2014, 08:28:45 AM »


Nancy, IWNCC has three Seal Pups from Hornby now & there is no news about any of them.
i keep checking their page, & they are posting lots of fotos, but none of them came from Hornby.

IWNCC cares for a variety of Birds & mammals, so i am assuming they will care for the Bird there.

We went out on this rescue to capture a down Eagle, so even if we had a sling, we wouldn*t have brought it.
We both have tubs for Seal Pups, this is what they prefer we use.
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