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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 10:12 AM EDT (Read 13415 times)  
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Santa Cruz Island, California - Bald Eagle Cam 2011

Pelican Harbor Nest Cam

Update - April 9, 2011

  • The Pelican Harbor pair moved to a new nest for the 2011 nesting season - a good move on their part as their old nest was beginning to look a bit precarious, and the new location is nearer the water, so it will be easier for them to keep an eye on the nest while they're looking for fish. Unfortunately the location they chose is quite remote, and there's not a good location for putting a cam or ever for seeing into the nest. Dr. Sharpe did fly over in a helicopter a day or two ago, and from the posture of the eagle on the nest, he thinks they have one or more chicks. They will be going to the nest to band the chicks when they're about 8 weeks old - and we'll learn more then. In the meantime, the camera equipment has been moved to the Sauces Canyon nest, which has a new thread here.




Note: the following was written before the pair moved to their new nest; as mentioned above, there is no cam on the new nest.

There is currently only one cam on Santa Cruz, at Pelican Harbor (the nest was originally known as Santa Cruz, but is now being called Pelican Harbor with the expectation that there will be more nests on the island in the next year or two). It is a streaming camera with sound, and is generally only on during daylight hours, as it relies on solar power.

The parents were both hatched in the San Francisco Zoo (male K10 in 2001 and female K26 in 2002) and then fostered into nests on Catalina Island (K10 in the Twin Rocks Nest and K26 in the West End Nest). K26 laid two eggs in 2006, 2007 and 2008, one of which hatched the first two years and both of which hatched in 2008. Their first chick was the female A49, known as Cruz. Cruz was the first eagle chick to hatch in the wild on the Channel Islands since 1949. She spent a lot of time on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa (another of the northern Channel Islands) in 2008 - you can follow her travels here. She lost her transmitter in 2009 (they're expected to last about 3 years) - but was spotted on Santa Cruz in January 2010, a handsome 4-year-old, coming into her adult plumage, and was seen with A40 in the Fraser Point area later in the Spring. That may not be a permanent pairing, but it is looking as if she's getting ready to settle down on the island.

The 2007 chick A63 was a male named Limuw, which is the Chumash name for Santa Cruz Island. Limuw died about 7 weeks after fledging; he was found by the side of the road in Nevada, probably hit by a car while scavenging roadkill. The 2008 chicks were both males, A65 Skye and A64 Spirit; they were knocked out of their nest by a juvie when they were 6 weeks old, rescued by an IWS team, taken to the mainland for treatment (Skye for a broken wing and Spirit for a hole in his beak), and returned separately to Santa Cruz to be released from the hacking tower there. Skye died about 3 weeks after fledging when he got caught in a kelp bed and drowned; Spirit has stayed in the general area, and was most recently seen on Santa Rosa Island in February 2010. The pair also had two eggs in 2009; both hatched, but the chicks died shortly after hatching from unknown causes. They raised two male chicks in 2010, A69 Malik and A68 Braveheart; as of October 2010, both were on Santa Rosa, where the annual deer hunting season provides a bit of a buffet for young eagles.

Eaglets hatched or released on Santa Cruz or the other northern Channel Islands are assigned blue wing tags with the letter A; adults K10 and K 26 have orange tags with the letter K because they were raised on Catalina Island.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in the first half of March, chicks in mid-April, and fledging in late June or early July.

2010 - 2011 Season:

  • adults return: They didn't return exactly - they moved to a new nest, without a cam or a good vantage point for viewing the activity
  • eggs laid: at least one by February 27
  • hatched: one chick confirmed, second likely on April 9 (at least one probably hatched by April 6)
  • banded: June 3, only one chick in nest, female A74 (later named Karana)
  • fledged: June 28; still on island as of August 15





Information from the Institute for Wildlife Studies;
April 26 2010 screen cap by Debs

Link to last year's thread for this nest



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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 10:13 AM EDT  
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By: Debs (offline) on Sunday, October 03 2010 @ 03:47 PM EDT  
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October 3 2010

Thank You Pat for setting up the new season for us...u da best Grin Very Happy

1245 pm
Nest is empty. No sign of Ma or Pa yet since I had the cam
up but have been in and out on kitchen detail Titter


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By: Debs (offline) on Friday, October 08 2010 @ 01:41 PM EDT  
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October 8 2010

10 am
All is quiet at the nest this morning.

I just read the lastest report posted by Helen and the IWS crew for period ending Sept 29 2010~~its another great report. The team saw K10 and also reported that A69 Malik (Sidney) and A68 Braveheart (Goldie) have been spending time on the Santa Rosa island....along with many other juvies Wub and eagles Wub so the fishing must be great there at this time of the year since they all seem to be hanging out there Grin Left thumb up!

Here is the link to Helen's report Left thumb up

http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... topic=5514

Here is a picture of Dad Wub from Helen's report
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By: Debs (offline) on Sunday, October 10 2010 @ 06:57 PM EDT  
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October 10 2010
330 pm
No sign of Ma or Pa yet today at least while I was watching.
The nest near 12 looks like it has wasted away abit more
since the juvies were in the nest. Looks like there is a more defined ridge
or a bit of a hole there now...at least in this light.
The ridge or stump near 12 has always been there just more defined now.

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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, October 11 2010 @ 11:24 AM EDT  
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October 11 2010

820 am
You can really see the hole in the depression near
12 this morning.....
Mom and Dad have lots of repairs to do so wish they
would get cracking Titter

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By: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, October 13 2010 @ 12:15 PM EDT  
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October 13 2010

915 am
Still foggy.
Forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of
22 C today.

845 am
Foggy at the nest this morning.
Can really see the hole in the nest near 12
looks like a rectangular doughnut Green LOL
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By: soph9 (offline) on Thursday, October 14 2010 @ 10:39 AM EDT  
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Have any of the adults been seen?


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