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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #780 on: March 01, 2012, 06:35:09 PM »

HOORAY for HERRING!
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #781 on: March 06, 2012, 11:21:11 AM »
The herring came inshore on the west side of the island on February 29, then retreated off shore without spawning. Still, schools have been surfacing from time to time all week, allowing the eagles to feed. I posted some photos on the Phipps Point and Nest #4 threads, and more are to come.

Yesterday morning, there was a spawn all along the east side of Denman Island. From Phipps Point one can see the light aqua-blue line on the opposite shore.

Unfortunately the herring gillnet fishery was opened immediately. :(

Nonetheless we're hoping to see some spawn on Hornby within the next few days.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #782 on: March 06, 2012, 04:16:11 PM »
Wren wrote:
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Unfortunately the herring gillnet fishery was opened immediately. :(

My thought too wren, wish they could just let them be for a year. I know everyone needs to make a living but it would be so nice for all the plants, animals & herring to give them a break, imho.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #783 on: March 07, 2012, 09:07:36 AM »

i just got a phonecall that there is a huuuuuuge Herring Spawn at Ford Cove!
Maybe Mum & Dad*s territory will be soon!
wooohoooo!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #784 on: March 07, 2012, 02:14:03 PM »
i spotted what i thought was Mum & Dad carrying a stick to the Nest!
See the little stick sticking up from their back?
But look!
On their right leg!
A silver leg band!!!  :eceek
If you look, you can see another band on their left leg as well, green?
&, hey!
That*s NOT a stick!  :eceek

january 8 2012 12:22 - adult Eagle with antenna & leg band - 200-46

Booni and I (and wren and Cali) have been trying to track down the origin of the banded and transmittered adult eagle that was spotted Jan 8 (but not since, as I understand it).

We have ruled out a few places as her origin (New Jersey and Washington).

Early on, Dan Varland from Coastal Raptors replied:
I put green bands on bald eagles on the WA coast, but do not apply radio-transmtters so it's not my bird.


Yesterday, Larissa from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ wrote:

We put two transmitters on chicks in 2011, but one chick died and the other is still in New Jersey and obviously they wouldn’t be adults.

Several other western states use green bands.

(AK, AR, AZ, CA, GA, ID, IN, NS, TX were in the list)

I would try contacting Alaska since that would make the most sense.


So, next stop, Alaska.  Now that we can read a number or two on the band (thanks wren and cali), we might have better luck.

Larissa mentioned that she has been getting emails about this sighting from people who read this forum, so I thought I would update you all on our progress to date.



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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #785 on: March 07, 2012, 06:41:55 PM »
i just got a phonecall that there is a huuuuuuge Herring Spawn at Ford Cove!
Maybe Mum & Dad*s territory will be soon!


Hope so, Booni!  Thanks for telling us.  Holding good thoughts here.  Or, as they say in Djuma, So. Africa, "Holding thumbs!"   :thumbup:
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #786 on: March 09, 2012, 01:48:27 PM »
The banded eagle spotted by booni and wren on Jan 8  has been identified!

I received this email today from
Stephen B. Lewis       
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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service               
Juneau, Alaska               



Hi Nancy,
 
I marked that eagle in Sitka, Alaska on 3/19/2011.  He is part of a study we are doing associated with airports in Alaska.  That bird was one thought to be nesting very near the Sitka airport.  His nest was removed last spring and we are following him to see what happens over the long term to him (in terms of nesting and survival).
 
The tag he is wearing is a GPS tag that transmits locations via the ARGOS satellite network.  It is solar so recharges when in the sun and should be good for several years.  He spent the summer in the Sitka area and the fall at local salmon streams before heading south in October.  He arrived in your area in late December and has been hanging out there until 19 February when he started back north.  As of 2 March, he was near Zarembo Island in Southeast Alaska.  The green leg band # is 4A if you can see that from photos.

 

I have written back to Steve with a bunch of questions!


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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #787 on: March 09, 2012, 02:45:12 PM »
WOW!  cool!  glad you finally got an answer!  WTG Nancym!   :investigate2

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #788 on: March 09, 2012, 03:10:55 PM »
boodle - never give up in the search for info! This situation is reminiscent of the Norfolk situation, with that nest under discussion for being too close to the airport there.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #789 on: March 09, 2012, 03:14:48 PM »
Nancy, that's very nice to find out about the green-banded #A4 eagle! Boonni and Wren will be pleased.  I wonder if the Norfolk eagle people know about this kind of solar powered transmitter or if they are using something else for the eagle they select to attach a transmitter to each year?  It would be interesting to find out more.    :ecsmile
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #790 on: March 09, 2012, 04:14:54 PM »
The banded eagle spotted by booni and wren on Jan 8  has been identified!

I received this email today from
Stephen B. Lewis       
Migratory Bird Management - Raptors
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service               
Juneau, Alaska               



Hi Nancy,
 
I marked that eagle in Sitka, Alaska on 3/19/2011.  He is part of a study we are doing associated with airports in Alaska.  That bird was one thought to be nesting very near the Sitka airport.  His nest was removed last spring and we are following him to see what happens over the long term to him (in terms of nesting and survival).
 
The tag he is wearing is a GPS tag that transmits locations via the ARGOS satellite network.  It is solar so recharges when in the sun and should be good for several years.  He spent the summer in the Sitka area and the fall at local salmon streams before heading south in October.  He arrived in your area in late December and has been hanging out there until 19 February when he started back north.  As of 2 March, he was near Zarembo Island in Southeast Alaska.  The green leg band # is 4A if you can see that from photos.

 

I have written back to Steve with a bunch of questions!

Very cool Nancy could you ask if there's a link to a map of her/his travels. Of course age & sex but sure that's on the list. I'm wondering the name of the river he went to for salmon spawn.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #791 on: March 09, 2012, 04:17:57 PM »
 :thumbup: Fantastic!!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #792 on: March 09, 2012, 04:23:14 PM »
That is so very cool!!! :thumbup:

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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #793 on: March 10, 2012, 06:11:39 PM »
 :grouphug2NANCYM
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Re: Ground Observations - 2011-2012 Season
« Reply #794 on: March 10, 2012, 07:42:51 PM »

Wow NancyM!
You really worked hard to track this Eagle down!
Thank you so much!
What an interesting story that Eagle has, & cool to hear he was actually in our area in january, near to the time of the fotos.
Excellent sleuthing!  :investigate2
wooohoooo!