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Offline OpieK

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #255 on: February 24, 2015, 11:32:17 AM »
Thanks for these photos Wren - what a difference, but glad to see they are still using this tree!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #256 on: February 24, 2015, 05:09:49 PM »
Love Love Love the Ground Crew!!!  Thank you, Wren!  Thank you, Booni!  Photos of Peter's before and after.... and then wonderful photos of MOm and Dad on New Peter's!!  The eagles will make do!  We are the ones who have romantic feelings about the Old Peter's Tree!   :eclove :eclove

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #257 on: February 24, 2015, 09:16:29 PM »
Quick check through the territory at lunch time today.

I found Mom on His-and-Hers Tree.

I like this first photo because there are all sorts of reflections in her eyes. Including a reddish tone that must be a reflection because it doesn't show up in any of the other pictures.
February 24, 11:55



The back of Mom's head, showing her part and confirming her identity.
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #258 on: February 24, 2015, 09:33:55 PM »
Meanwhile, two Northern Flickers are also getting my attention. They are flying about and vocalizing a whole lot. One, who looks like a male, is showing a lot of interest in a cavity in a snag.

Investigating a nest site???

The other one is below, but blurry in this photo.

February 24, 11:59



Now he has moved to the top of the snag and is vocalizing again, after doing some good loud drumming. 
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And now he has flown to His-and-Hers Tree, where he perches proudly below Mom.
12:02



This is where I left them both.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #259 on: February 25, 2015, 06:09:08 AM »
Thank you wren! I wonder if this is the same fellow or is this a gal? It was on the WA cam box, vocalizing and tapping on the box. the other day. Mom and Dad are going to have a noisy neighbor!  :ecwink

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #260 on: February 25, 2015, 09:11:25 AM »
A fellow indeed, I think. I'm getting glimpses of a malar stripe on your video. But I doubt it's the same one; they have pretty small territories, judging by the regulars I encounter on my walk between home and Grassy Point - I'd say at least 4 territories in 500 metres.

He's sure found a good resonant drumming surface!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #261 on: February 28, 2015, 02:57:39 AM »
I heard more news this afternoon...

Yesterday at sunset, coming home, I drove along the east coast of Denman Island and was wondering what was going on with all the sea lions cruising around near shore and the gulls lined up on every rock. Today I learned that indeed, there was a herring spawn on the east side of Denman Island yesterday, and a second patchy spawn in the same area this morning. It was too dark  for me to see the colour when I drove by.

The person who told me this also said that for market reasons (an oversupply from last year's roe fishery) there will be no herring fishery this year. I sure hope this is true!


Unfortunately, as I heard this evening, that last bit of news is not accurate. Today there was a widespread herring spawn in Baynes Sound, between Denman Island and Vancouver Island, and reportedly the place was full of fishing boats.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #262 on: February 28, 2015, 07:43:55 AM »
That first photo in the set where the male might be investigating a nest site - that's one of the best examples I have ever seen of the way they use their tails as a stabilizer while drumming on a tree.  Great shot, Wren!
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #263 on: February 28, 2015, 06:14:28 PM »
Muchas gracias, Maggies!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #264 on: March 03, 2015, 07:09:00 PM »
 
i got a call from AJL, asking me to try to take a look at Mum, so i did, even though it was getting a bit too late.
Caught the tail end of the sun for the day.
i took one foto & was shocked by what i saw.
This video pretty much shows it all.

 march 2 2015 17:49 - Mum & Dad in the Babysitting Tree

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Spent the day today watching Mum.
Here is a video from the afternoon.

march 3 2015 13:32 - Mum on the close up cam box

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« Reply #265 on: March 03, 2015, 07:41:57 PM »
 
march 3 2015 10:57 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree



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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #266 on: March 03, 2015, 08:33:00 PM »
 
march 3 2015 11:05 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree



march 3 2015 11:29 - Mum in the Babysitting Tree



march 3 2015 13:19 - Mum in the Nest






 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #267 on: March 03, 2015, 09:03:47 PM »
 
Mum is still on the job though!

march 3 2015 13:28 - Mum in the Nest





Feathered eyelid is closed.
Seems to be hard work for her to keep her eyes open.



Dad had been in a scootch on the Nest, it looked to me, but he has left.
Eyes closed.



Okay, Mum later was in His & Hers.
This was my wish, as i figured i could get some good closeups of her there.
But she took off before i could get her in good focus.
Now she is back on the close up, & Dad is in the Nest.
Maybe that is a Fish scale glinting on the point of her beak?
Dad brought her a Fish.
Yay Dad.

march 3 2015 15:50 - Mum in the Nest


 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #268 on: March 03, 2015, 09:24:43 PM »
 
There is something going on at the left back of Mum*s head, too.

march 3 2015 15:51 - Mum in the Nest



Mum can open her eye, but it seems to be a bit of a struggle.



Look how the head feathers sort of cinch in, where that black mark was on the back of her head.





Dad is in the Nest, trilling too.


 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #269 on: March 03, 2015, 09:38:48 PM »
 
Another view of the left back of head.

march 3 2015 16:15 - Mum in the Nest



Hello lovely Mum.
What is going on with you?







& then Mum left the Nest.
When i drove by, she was at the tippy top of Fosters* Fir, & Dad was at the tippy top of the Peters* Tree.
 
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