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Author Topic: Nest #4 - Trimble*s Corner - 2014-2015 season  (Read 19808 times)
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« on: September 27, 2014, 07:59:56 PM »

 
Here is where you can find last year*s topic for this Nest.
There you can also find info about the Nest & links & info about previous years in this nesting territory, as well as a map of Hornby that wren has worked on, showing all the Nests & their productivity.
Last season, we never saw this pair sitting on eggs.
There were always two of them visible, off the Nest, when we went by to check.
So, it seems they took a breeding break last year.
Actually, looks like it is now two years in a row that they didn*t breed.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: September 27, 2014, 08:25:34 PM »

 
Today started off foggy, but then the fog rolled away & we had a beautiful sunny day!
So i took Otto for a walk on the beach, starting at Phipp*s Point & heading north.
There was a lot of seaweed, making the high tide line a bit slippery, so i turned back when the sand ran out & the large round rocks covered in seaweed were where i would have to go next.
On the way back, i stopped to do something or other, & my ears registered what sounded like the first three notes of an Eagle trill!
Just as my brain was thinking, *was that an Eagle trill i just heard?*, the follow up notes of a trill were also heard, confirming that yes! i was actually hearing an Eagle trill.
i looked up into the Trees but no one was visible.
i debated walking away from the cliff towards the water so that i could see more of the Trees.
Should i?, shouldn*t i?
Then Otto went right out there, so i followed him.
i didn*t have to go too far out, i stopped & looked back, & there, indeed, was an Eagle with all these lovely bright white-white head & tail & petticoat feathers!
 
september 27 2014 15:21 - Eagle in Nest #4 territory
 


Look how bright fluffy white the petticoat & tail feathers are!
 

 

 


The first foto with the ruffly head feathers had me thinking female.
In this next foto, look at the toes & talons!
The left & right first talons are crossed! as are the back toe/hallux talons!
Female?
 

 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15188827897/in/photostream/
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« Post / Reply #2 on: September 27, 2014, 08:29:42 PM »

 
september 27 2014 15:22:10 - Eagle in Nest #4 territory
 

 

 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/15375019012/in/photostream/
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« Post / Reply #3 on: September 27, 2014, 08:31:12 PM »

 eek! What a gorgeous eagle booni! Is it young do you think?
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« Post / Reply #4 on: September 28, 2014, 10:06:47 PM »

What a beautiful sight to see,  am sure dad and mom are not far behind.   heart
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« Post / Reply #5 on: September 29, 2014, 08:50:05 AM »

yippee - what a gorgeous eagle - thank you Booni!
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« Post / Reply #6 on: November 28, 2014, 05:32:20 PM »

I hadn't yet had anything more than a passing glance at the eagles of this territory so far this season, but just now (November 28 around 4 pm) I stopped to watch the waves crashing around Phipps Point; with 30 knots of northwesterly wind they were something to behold! On my way out, I saw an adult eagle perched atop the stump of the nest tree, facing right into the wind, and a second eagle cruising the updrafts.

Not enough light for photos unfortunately... Thank you Booni for the ones you posted above.
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« Post / Reply #7 on: November 29, 2014, 01:08:03 AM »

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« Post / Reply #8 on: February 19, 2015, 08:07:30 PM »

 
It was the tail end of a sunny day & i took Otto for a walk to Phipp*s Point, where i knew there would still be sun left.
We parked at the Point & went to the right.
i bring an empty dogfood or birdseed bag & pick up all the washed up plastic i find & Otto just sniffs everything in sight & we have a nice time.
As we got closer to the beach in front of the Trimbles* Nest, i noticed an Eagle perched way out at the water line on the rocks, while i could hear a female gulling from the Trees on the shore up the bank.
The Eagle at the shore flew back in towards the shore & i lost sight of him.
Then i spotted two Eagles perched in the Trees on the bank.
i believe this is the female of the pair.
She was almost right above my head, & the closest of the two, to me.

february 15 2015 16:12 - Trimbles* Corner Eagle





This one i think is the male.
He has darker feathering, overall, while the female has more faded, probably older feathers.
Look at his beautiful shiny yellow beak!
i believe he was the one fishing at the shore.



Here you can see his blinking nictitating membrane.





& here is the female again.
She has a wispy trail of perhaps darker feathering extending back from her eye, as if she is just newly adult.


 
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« Post / Reply #9 on: March 01, 2015, 11:24:37 AM »

 
Walking from Phipp*s Point along the beach in front of the Nest at Trimbles* Corner, i found this huge Tree, a Maple?
This wasn*t cut by a chainsaw, or a hand saw, or an axe, & it didn*t snap off due to wind.
Look at the gnaw marks, leaving that small portion that finally broke & gave way.
i believe a Beaver brought this Tree down!

february 24 2014 14:03 - Tree gnawed by Beaver



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« Post / Reply #10 on: March 17, 2015, 10:46:41 PM »

It was on Sunday (March 15), hours before the big herring ball brought well over 100 eagles to Mom and Dad Hornby's territory. At 10 am I started work on a small farm that would have been around the boundary between this nest and Nest 7 (Savoie Farm).
When I got to the site, which was maybe 500m inland, I promptly counted 27 eagles soaring above the large clearing.
Then things calmed down and two eagles perched on a snag, calling, maybe trying to reassert their territory? I have some photos that I hope to find in the pile I have taken in the past few days...

Then a few minutes later I looked up again and now I counted 50 eagles soaring overhead!

They just kept going around lazily, just as Booni described in this post.

This also went on for hours.
What was different is that there were a few aggressive eagles in the lot. There were quite a few mid-air feints, but no actual contact that I could see.
I think many of those eagles ended up in Mom and Dad Hornby's territory when the big herring ball showed up.
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« Post / Reply #11 on: March 25, 2015, 10:03:49 AM »

Last night I took a closer look to a pair of seemingly unremarkable photos of this nest that I took on March 21. I've been thinking that these eagles may have moved elsewhere because there seems to have been so little activity here, no obvious new branches, not a lot of sightings on this nest's babysitting tree.

On one of my photos, a tiny, tiny triangular gap in the nest's weave appears white.
In the next photo, from a slightly different angle, this same tiny gap shows blue sky.

 puzzled
Is someone sitting in there?
This deserves another look. These eagles usually lay eggs early, during the herring runs.
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« Post / Reply #12 on: April 20, 2015, 09:50:46 AM »

I just heard from a neighbour of this nest that there is indeed a white head visible, and that another eagle is perched nearby at times. So it seems these eagles are indeed on eggs!
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« Post / Reply #13 on: April 23, 2015, 01:56:07 AM »

Evidence at last!
Several times I stopped by this nest and took a few photos, hoping to see something.
It turns out that my photos taken around sunrise on April 16 did show a teeny bit of evidence... But in this case a teeny bit of evidence is enough!

Wait till you see this. Eagle-nest divination at its best.  investigate
April 16, 7:08 am


Click on the picture then click again to see the largest size.
Now. Sticking out from the left side of the stump, almost horizontally, just above the rim of the nest, is the stub of a branch.
Just below the tip of that stub is a bent stick that forms part of the rim of the nest.
In the gap below the bend of that stick is part of a white feather. Big enough that it has to be a tail feather.

Clear as mud?

Second picture:


The angle is just a tiny bit different. In the same gap as before, we see even less of that white feather. But in the next gap to the right, we see a dark edge that looks fuzzy in a feathery way, definitely not in a branch-like way.

Indeed, there is an eagle sitting low in this nest!
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« Post / Reply #14 on: May 08, 2015, 08:04:56 AM »

Okay, I like this kind of evidence even better.
Be sure to click to enlarge.

May 8, 7:15 am







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