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Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014-2015 Season
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:50:46 PM »

This is what wren had to say when she started this topic for the last season here.


This topic is for discussing and documenting the Little Tribune Bay Nest, which can be found in the southwest corner of Little Tribune Bay.

Last year, the eagles of this territory seemed to be sitting on the nest for a while but we saw no offspring. You can see the posting from that season here.

I found this nest, with one eaglet on it, in 2012 after booni told me she had heard an eaglet in this area previously, but had not yet found a nest. The observations of that year are posted here.

Click here to see the 2010-2011 discussion about this nest.

Click here to see the discussion from 2009-2010, which is when booni discovered the existence of this territory.
« Last Edit: October 19, 2015, 08:24:36 AM by boonibarb »
wooohoooo!

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2014, 08:55:24 PM »

Today i was driving on the main road that passes by this Nest when i spotted large wings flapping!
i assumed this was a Turkey Vulture, til the Bird flew right over me & i could see clearly that this was a young Eagle!
i spotted this one just inland of the Nest Tree of this territory.
They flew towards the Trees of Tribune Bay & i lost sight of them.
wooohoooo!

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2014, 05:20:39 AM »
 :biggrin3 Yaaay!!!

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2014, 07:39:12 PM »
and it begins again... ♥

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2014, 03:55:28 PM »
 :thumbup:
Commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature; he finds it attached to the rest of the world". ~John Muir

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2015, 10:07:15 PM »
For three days in a row in mid-January, I went walking around this territory, looking for a strange gull that an island birder had spotted during her monthly seabird count. The gull had an all-white body and mantle, black wingtips, pink legs and a bill with a red spot. The observer thought that maybe this was a Thayer's Gull with partial albinism. We were both hoping to get photos, but chance decided otherwise.

I don't always find what I seek, but here's the lovely part of being in nature: you often find things you hadn't sought to start with.
So here are two Killdeers on the beach, letting me quite close to them.
January 12, 12:35







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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2015, 10:15:01 PM »
When I arrived that day, an eagle was perched above Beulah Creek, a few hundred feet inland.
A second eagle was perched right by the beach just west of the creek's mouth.

Here is that second eagle.
January 12, 12:37



Closer...
12:38



I thought these two might be the pair from the Little Tribune nest, but then further along, closer to the nest, were two more eagles!
12:40


If these ones are the Little Tribune eagles, then who were the other two?
Visitors, maybe... Or the Nest 24 pair, Camper's parents? I really don't know where the boundary is between their territories.

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2015, 11:00:10 PM »
The first eagle I had spotted by the creek disappeared somewhere.

After a while the second one took off, headed for the water.
January 12, 12:41




Then one of the pair nearer the Little Tribune nest took off also. Just one remains perched now. Gulls are taking off from shore too.




Then that last eagle is off, and three eagles and a few gulls are circling the bay. After a couple of minutes of this, all the eagles start calling, making a big racket.
12:43



Then everyone quiets down. The lone perching eagle goes back to his or her perch.






Of the pair, one lands nearer to the nest and the other disappears further into the territory.
The gulls land back into their flocks.

Looked like a whole lot of drama, but really not much happened...


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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2015, 02:46:47 AM »
Here's the Little Tribune nest seen from the beach. The nest itself is of a good size, but this must be the smallest and skimpiest nest tree on the island.
January 12, 12:51



I can't find the reported white gull, but of course I'm finding other things...

Lately I have noticed that a few Wigeons often forage in the shallow pools of the upper intertidal zone as the tide retreats. I have startled them and been startled enough times now... I'm learning to spot the likely areas from afar and to find cover behind some large boulders and sneak up to the ducks.
It also gives me an excuse to show you the subtle colours and textures of this watery landscape.
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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2015, 03:53:21 AM »
Coming back from the area of the nest, within a single clump of trees I see a Pileated Woodpecker, a Northern Flicker and a Downy Woodpecker.

With a little bit of patience I get some closer views of the little Downy.
January 12, 1:02



1:06



The second eagle I had encountered on the way out, one that I suspect may be from Nest 24, is still on the same tree.
1:20



As I drive off, I search the banks of the creek for the first eagle I saw on my way in... But on the creekside perch, instead of an eagle I find this bird!
1:31



A beautiful Peregrine Falcon.
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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2015, 04:38:07 AM »
Two days later I'm back looking for that elusive white gull, which I never did find.

But I'm getting better at sneaking up on the Wigeons.
January 14, 2:34



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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2015, 04:43:32 AM »
On my way out I spot an eagle further up Beulah Creek, on the upstream side of the main road.

I'm wondering which territory this one might belong to...

Turns out it's an immature!
January 14, 3:33 pm



Hello.




I'm trying to find a better angle when he flies off, inland.

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2015, 07:51:27 AM »
Nice sighting  :ecsmile about 4 years?

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2015, 09:43:12 AM »
Beautiful photos, Wren!  Thank so much for sharing your beautiful "backyard"!!!  The beach/rocky shoreline with widgeons is gorgeous!  And the surprise sighting of a peregrine is like the best gift!!   Thanks again!!! :eclove

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Re: Little Tribune Bay Nest - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2015, 07:20:17 PM »