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Offline boonibarb

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Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« on: October 12, 2010, 10:18:55 PM »
There are many eagle nests on Hornby Island other than the eagle cam nest. Doug has done an excellent map of the ones he knew of when he wrote his book "The Eagles of Hornby Island" published in 2008. Not all of the nests on the map were used last year, & there are some nests that are active that aren*t displayed on the map.
Doug*s eagle nest map




Nest #15 was in a huge tree at the end of a road, on a point near the water.
i don*t know when, but before 2009, a storm broke the tree at below Nest level.
i thought Nest #15 no longer existed.
But i am learning that when a Nest doesn*t get used, the eagles who used to use it have often just moved somewhere else.
Two years ago i heard nothing about eagles in this Nest area.
So i just assumed there was no longer a Nest.
But last year we discovered a Nest not far away, the Nest that the eaglet Decker came from.
i believe that Decker*s Nest is the new Nest of Nest #15.
Winterwren suggested that we call this Nest Moon Rocks.

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Re: Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010, 10:26:11 PM »
i was walking down the road near this Nest*s neighbourhood on thursday morning.
i saw a familiar tree & was reminded of something i saw in 2009.
i went looking for my post, & found it.
Here it is.
i believe our webcam eagles had left or were becoming hard to find.
i really missed them.

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:51 am

On friday night i was driving from an art show opening to my sailing class.
i saw a familiar shape at the dead top of a tree right next to t he road!
An eaglet!!!!
i pulled over & stared up at them & they looked down at me.
Hope was already gone from the nest area by this time, so i was so glad to see an eaglet again.
i have no idea which nest this eaglet would have been attached to.
i gotta figure that one out.
It was so nice to see them, sitting there in the sun, screeping away.
i was late for school, otherwise i woulda parked & hung out with them for a bit.


& on thursday, while i was walking, i got to thinking.....
i wondered at the time who this eaglet could be, on that tree in the middle of nowhere, nowhere near any Nest that i knew of.
Now, i wonder, was this eaglet from Decker*s Nest, only from the previous year???
Where this eaglet was perched, was not that far inland from Decker*s Nest....

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Re: Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 09:01:46 AM »

Yesterday i was walking near Nest #16-19.
There seemed to be lots of Eagles flying around & i heard a lot of alerting.
One alert i heard came from the area of Nest #15.
i wonder if there are Eaglets here in Decker*s Nest this year?
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Re: Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 11:24:32 PM »

Yesterday I finally made my way to the Lunar Rock territory, to see if I could find the nest and figure out what's going on...

Here, come along... this is the area. You can see the far side of Whaling Station Bay in the distance, and the mountains of Texada Island beyond that. Click on the picture to enlarge, and find Lunar Rock Dad on his perch tree!




Found him? Here he is...




Oh, yes, he knows we're here... Looking straight at us now. But mostly he's looking out to sea. Tide is high, but you never know...



How do I know it's Dad? You weren't listening, were you? his voice was on the high side... and Somebody answered him, from in the thick woods over there, and SHE had a lower voice! That must be Mom... and she's not just sitting in the middle of the woods for nothing, you can imagine... she must be on the nest! Every time she alerts, it always comes from the same direction.

We wait and wait and wait... We look intently at the tree line, searching for a tree sturdy enough to hold a nest, for a telltale clump of branches, and next time we look at the perch, Dad is gone.
He's moved to another tree! Now he's looking inland, but away from where Mom's voice came from...




The same tree in context... (So we can find it again.) Dad is still looking in the same direction.





We walk all the way to the end of the point, scanning the treeline, scanning... nothing. No switches or deliveries to show us a location either.
Then as we're giving up, another alert... who is this??? A young one, with bedraggled wings?



Click twice... have a good look... Nope, foiled again: it's a turkey vulture. What wonderful wings this one has! It's rare that they provoke alerts, but apparently this one did.

So we leave without discovering the nest... But we do know that this territory is defended, and that there is a pair here, and that someone is on a tree in the middle of nowhere and not budging from it. So methinks we do have at least one eaglet on this nest.

As we return, we take a last look at the 'lunar' rocks; in front of us is Tralee Point, the former nesting site of this territory. Beyond it, invisible, Grassy Point, and home-sweet-home.





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Re: Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011, 12:36:36 AM »
Wren, I love your narratives and illustrative photos.  It's so much fun to go with you to these places!   :thumbup:
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Re: Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2011, 01:14:11 AM »
Wonderful Wren. I got all questions wrong. I need to go to Hornby Island to be schooled.  :ecwink :heart
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Re: Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2011, 06:10:53 AM »
Wren, I loved the pictures and your narration. Thank you for showing this beautiful place!  :eclove
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Re: Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2011, 09:29:34 PM »
Wow, those rocks really do look like they came from the Moon!

What fun that was to go searching for Dad!  He's very handsome!

Thank you ever so much, Winterwren!
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Re: Lunar Rock Nest - 2011 season
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2011, 10:08:03 PM »
Dear Wren, Thank you for your wonderful trip to the Lunar Rocks.  I have never seen rocks like that before.  I always enjoy the stories also.  :heart