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« on: November 03, 2017, 07:18:05 PM »

This is the topic for the Ford Cove nest and its neighbourhood and all the critters therein.

Nest 32 is very old and perched atop a small sandstone bluff near Ford Cove harbour. In 2013 the eagles moved to a different nest, a few hundred feet further inland. They used that new nest again in 2014, but in 2015 they returned to their old site in that huge conical fir tree that we can see from the beach. They had two eaglets there.
In 2016 the territory was occupied but by mid-July I could see no sign that the nest itself was occupied. I never heard any eaglet sounds in the area. It is possible that this pair took a break last year.
Last year the eagles left Nest 32 again and built in a completely new location, on the tall bluffs above the other side of the harbour. They had one eaglet who fledged successfully.

Click here to see last year's postings and to access links to previous years.


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« Post / Reply #1 on: November 03, 2017, 07:36:20 PM »

I'm still trying to sort out what is going on with the Heron Rocks territory. On a recent kayak outing, I saw an eagle fly with prey to where the Heron Rocks nest has been for a few years. That eagle remained there as I was making my way back toward Ford Cove. Meanwhile a pair of eagles that I had seen, as I often do, in a tree above the Heron Rocks campground was still there. Certainly looks like a different pair... And yet over the years I can't seem to find a nest they would belong to.

Here they are in one of their usual trees. Still a pair with unknown nesting site, or no nesting site.
Heron Rocks campground, October 31, 3 pm



Just after this photo, they both took off and headed to Denman Island. Above the shore of Denman they joined two other eagles and they all trilled at each other and all flew back.
The two new eagles went to perch on a great big log that hangs over the water at the edge of the campsite.
Meanwhile the pair I had seen went back to different perch trees over the Heron Rocks campground.
Everyone trilled for a while, but all kept to their perch and then they just stayed where they were, preening and minding their own business.

Later on the male of the new pair flew off and went to occupy a perch near the old Ford Cove nest. So I'm thinking this newly arrived pair must have been the Ford Cove eagles... Returning from a few hours at a salmon river on Vancouver Island even?

I drifted towards them... Definitely the larger female on the right, preening, and her smaller mate on the left, looking on.
3:11 pm



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The male flies off to a perch by the old nest while the female stays on the log.
3:15



Her nictitating membrane is closed here.



I head offshore to pass by her without making her fly. Her freshly preened feathers still stick out: brand-new, darker ones, mixed with older, lighter, worn ones.  


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« Post / Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 01:30:58 AM »

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« Post / Reply #3 on: November 04, 2017, 11:43:07 AM »


wren, in this foto, it seems like the Eagle has had some damage to the beak that has repaired?
Interesting to see, with the injuries that Dad & Mum Hornby have sustained.
Also remember the foto i got during last Herring Spawn? of an Eagle where you could see right through their nares to the other side?
Also a beak injury that had healed & the Eagle survived.


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« Post / Reply #4 on: November 05, 2017, 07:12:35 PM »

Wow Booni, good eye, once again!

Here's the closest photo of him that shows his left side. Nothing visible on the right.

Dad Ford Cove, October 31, 3:13 pm



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« Post / Reply #5 on: November 06, 2017, 09:44:46 AM »


wren, it was noticed that the female Eagle has two dark marked tail feather tips on her right side!
Might help with future identifying.
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« Post / Reply #6 on: November 11, 2017, 06:22:28 PM »

Today, November 11, in the early afternoon, two Humpback Whales came up the channel to just south of Ford Cove. They were hard to see because it was so windy and wavy out there.
Four or five eagles were flying overhead and dipping to the water once in a while, maybe trying to catch whatever fish the whales were scaring up? I mostly saw silhouettes but there seemed to be at least one immature among them.

We were hoping to see the whales come past the dock but they stopped short of where we were and turned back around.
One person there spends lots of time watching the whales. I asked if he was always seeing the same ones these days or if they were different ones; meaning, were some whales still just hanging out, or are we seeing a parade on their migration south? He said they're all different ones; but apparently there are 19 still remaining in the Johnstone Strait area, where the most intensive study is taking place. He also said that last year a few remained around here through the winter and that researchers expect that more might do that this year.
From what I understand, only the breeders would have any advantage in migrating to Hawaii, where there is less food, but where there are no Orcas to prey on the babies.

This is all new to me and I'm trying to understand bits and pieces of it.  puzzled


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