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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #315 on: March 26, 2016, 10:39:40 AM »
 
Okay, next day, still raining, i am going back to the puddle Eagles but needed to turn around at the Ford Cove parking lot.
There is an Eagle perch Tree right there, & today, as is often the case, an Eagle was perched there, the female, going by her calls.
i watched her fly out close to the docked boats & grab something off the surface of the water.
i figured this was a Dog Fish, going by the large fin, but when i looked at the fotos later on the computer, looks more like a chicken breast bone there!
Cooked!

march 13 2016 13:17 - Ford Cove Eagle









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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #316 on: March 26, 2016, 01:40:17 PM »
Is the assumption that the Ma and Pa Hornby nest is vacant this year? Is Pa Hornby still around? My understanding from past seasons is that, if he has re-mated, the female chooses the nesting site.

The Washington, D.C. nest now has two eaglets and seems to be doing well. Thanks.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #317 on: March 26, 2016, 02:21:25 PM »
Songsparrow, we call him Dad now.  He's still there and has a new female with him.  She has persistently helped him with guarding the territory and we have seen them mate more than once.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #318 on: March 26, 2016, 08:02:41 PM »
Let me drag you back to my kayak outing out of Phipps Point on March 9. Herring are jumping all over the place, but they're impossible to see down in the water because it is opaque with milt.
Every flying bird reflects that turquoise colour.
Also, the gillnetters have set up their nets on our side now; I'm paddling between them and the shore, fighting a stiff breeze.
I'm following the small flocks of Horned Grebes, looking for some that show a hint of breeding plumage. In the winter, the grebes prefer to escape by diving; you hardly ever see them in flight. In the spring, as migration approaches, they gather in small flocks, start moulting, get a lot more skittish, and seem to choose flight as a favoured way of escaping inquisitive kayakers with cameras.
Collishaw Point, March 9, 10:47 am



Running on water with those lovely lobed toes.







Catching up with a small flock now. They're on to me, and I won't get any closer.
In the background, sea lions taking a nap, and a gillnet float.




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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #319 on: March 26, 2016, 08:03:19 PM »
Surprise, surprise! Nearby I also find one lone Western Grebe! I saw many last fall but I think my last sighting was on the offshore bird survey in early January.

He or she is raising a little bow wave of turquoise.
You can see how close to the fishing boats we are.
Collishaw Point, March 9, 11:05 am



Here's one of the herring skiffs, hauling net.
11:17



Meanwhile I've drifted very close to the raft of snoozing sea lions we glimpsed earlier. Some of them briefly wake up to comment, then return to their fishy dreams.
We're just a few feet from the end of a fishing net; the white dots in the background are a line of floats marking another herring net. To hear the old stories, one would have thought it would be war between the fishers and the sea lions but I've only seen peaceful scenes like this so far.
















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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #320 on: March 26, 2016, 08:12:09 PM »
 
After turning around at Ford Cove, we are parked on the hill watching the bathing Eagles again!
It is dark & rainy, but look at them all!
This foto shows you what i have to photograph THROUGH!
As long as i stay in my car with my camera, the Eagles look at me, but they carry on with what they are doing.

march 13 2016 13:36 - Eagles bathing in puddles in the rain



A bit closer in.
Funny, sometimes it is mostly adults, other times it seems to be mostly youngsters!





Count how many!





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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #321 on: March 26, 2016, 08:42:16 PM »
 
Two days later, we are walking around Helliwell.
i think we spent fours hours out there!
It was lovely out, but windy & cold on the bluffs.
i hadn*t been there for a walk in a LONG time.
The Herring hadn*t spawned there yet.
We took the fork to the right, then turned right towards the Oak Grove.
There are often Eagles in this Tree, but we are not sure if they have a Nest nearby.

march 15 2016 13:28 - Helliwell pair



There was this HUGE flock of sea Birds towards Chrome Island.
i can*t tell what they are, maybe wren can?



i think these are called Thatch Ants?
They make those huge wriggling mounds.
i have never seen one starting like this.

march 15 2016 14:17 - Thatch Ants



We are now going left, towards Flora Island.
Spotted this Seal or Sea Lion stained Eagle.
Not sure if this is one of the Helliwell Nest pair.



The closest beach of Flora Island was COVERED with Sea Lions of all gorgeous warm  reddish colours!

march 15 2016 15:26 - Sea Lions on Flora Island





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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #322 on: March 26, 2016, 09:04:07 PM »


There was this HUGE flock of sea Birds towards Chrome Island.
i can*t tell what they are, maybe wren can?

 

Hard to tell at that distance, but, usually, dense flocks like this, at this kind of distance from shore, contain all three kinds of scoters: Surf Scoters (predominantly), Black Scoters and White-winged Scoters (in lesser numbers). At this time of year Long-tailed Ducks and some Scaups often join the big scoter flocks. Cali found us a link to a biological study (which I just looked for but can't find again) that confirmed what I had heard: the Scoters, and I think the other sea ducks that float around with them, switch from eating shellfish to a diet of herring roe after the spawn.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #323 on: March 27, 2016, 04:46:27 AM »
Amazing how a feast soothes the relationships of many species - including ours. No need for competition.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #324 on: March 27, 2016, 06:18:53 PM »
 
On my way home from Helliwell, i went through the Nest neighbourhood & spotted THIS Eagle.

march 15 2016 17:09 - Eagle in The Peters* Tree










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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #325 on: March 27, 2016, 07:06:17 PM »
 
Some samples of Herring Roe from Heron Rocks.
This first one has been left high & dry, so the Roe is quite dried out.

march 17 2016 13:38 - Sun dried Herring Roe



Some of these are cloudy.
i don*t know what that means.






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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #326 on: March 28, 2016, 02:03:01 PM »
Hi all. Have been away for a bit.  Is that Dad Hornby I see in the old nest. Did he mate with a new female?  Thank you!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #327 on: March 28, 2016, 06:28:15 PM »
Hi Nubchai.  Nice to see you here.  The answer to both questions is 'yes' and 'yes.'  Dad is still there and this is a new female we are calling 'Em' now.  (She has feathers that make an 'M.')

They have mated, after a long time of just sharing the territory,.  She has been a big help to him, to keep the territory as his.   :nod2

We are hoping to see an egg or two, and then, eaglets.
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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #328 on: March 28, 2016, 09:27:37 PM »
Last Friday, a birding friend who is a retired marine biologist told me to look for a black dot in each herring egg. Seems like the ones that go cloudy-white are no longer viable, and the ones that remain translucent with a dark dot inside are viable.
This friend was using one side of his binoculars, held upside-down, i.e. looking into the larger end, as a magnifying glass!
The roe that was way up the beach was all full of maggots and gone yellowish and smelly.
But further down there was a mix of viable eggs and non-viable in the loose seaweed that had stayed dampened by the tides.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2015 - 2016 Season
« Reply #329 on: March 28, 2016, 09:34:22 PM »
how neat wren and never knew that abot binoculars either  learn learn learning!