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By: gemini (offline) on Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 02:17 PM EDT (Read 99762 times)  
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Mission - 2012/2013 Cam Discussions/Obs, Pics,Videos

This nest is on the property of very enthusiastic eagle watchers - who have named the pair Jack and Jill. Jack and Jill had one eaglet fledge in 2011 and one fledged in 2012. They built their nest in 2010. We are now awaiting their return.

This Map shows the relative positions of Mission, Harrison, The Tower and the Chehalis Fish hatchery.
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This thread is for Discussion, Observations, Screenshots & Videos solely related to actions / events / occurrences at the Mission nest camera

Screenshots and photos and/or links to videos are welcome in this thread as part of the discussion. We welcome all screenshots and videos of the Mission nest captured via the webcams.

As a courtesy to viewers with slower internet connections, please limit the pictures in each post to no more than a total of 150,000 bytes (4 to 6 average screenshots), and please do not post animations (though it's fine to post a link to them).

Added by jkr on April 26, 2013

A bit of information about our ptz cam operations.

Our zoomers have been requested to keep the zoom cam and the embedded cam open simultaneously. There is a delay from the time they zoom the cam and the time you see it so they need to see when the change takes place before moving the camera again.

Having two windows open on their screen, which may be all they can fit on their monitor, they can't always read what is being posted at the forum at that time. If you post that you want the zoom changed or the panning changed our zoomerss are not aware of your request until after they leave zooming and open the forum window again.

Our own zoomers are not the only people who can access our cam controls. The landowners have access to change the zoom/pan which takes it out of our control. David and Ken can also change the cam at any given time without our knowledge. It is not always our own zoom team on the cameras.

Our zoomers are experienced eagle observers. If the cam zooms in closely they may be checking on the health of a chick/adult, checking food items, checking markings on an adult (eg: Delta Dad has a small spot next to his pupil on the right eye which identifies him from Mom), checking beaks/feet which may change colour if eagles are poisoned, and panning the area checking for intruders and watching eaglets once they learn to branch. Many times observations which may be of concern are reported to David Hancock for his biology records.

We wish we could accommodate all requests to have the camera in the exact spot each of you want it to be but that is impossible.

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By: gemini (offline) on Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 02:18 PM EDT  
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It is April 12 and our eagles, Jack and Jill, have chosen to nest elsewhere!

However, a pair of Canada Geese have decided this nest is quite all right, thank you very much, and it looks like they are going to call it home for awhile!

"I think this will suit our needs nicely, don't you Mom?"
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So far there are 3 eggs in the nest. If you are viewing the cam and can't see the eggs, it is because the adults bury them when they leave the nest and won't begin steady incubation until their clutch is complete which is typically 5 - 7 eggs.

Mom and her eggs!
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Here is some quick information about the Canada Goose:.

Canada Geese are 20 to 50 inches long with a wingspan of 50-68 inches. Newly hatched Canada Geese have yellow and gray feathers and a dark bill. Their feathers become fuzzy gray in the first week. By nine to ten weeks old, they've grown their flight feathers and are slightly smaller than an adult.

The Canada Goose mates for life, however if they lose their mate they will choose another mate usually within the breeding season. They build their nest with grass and plant material and line it with feather down. The geese typically nest on the ground on islands and shorelines. However, they're very adaptable birds and in urban settings nest where ever it seems safe to them. The female will typically lay a clutch of 5 -7 eggs with each egg taking just over a day to lay. The male guards the nesting area and can be quite aggressive when defending the nest. The eggs take about a month to incubate.

Like eagles new hatchlings have an egg tooth which they use to break free from the egg. Newly hatched goslings are able to walk, swim, and feed within 24 hours. They can swim for 30-40 feet underwater but are invariably accompanied by Mom and Dad on their early ventures. Their diet consists of aquatic vegetation, grass, roots and young sprouts. They also eat grain and corn from agricultural areas. They live around ponds, rivers and lakes and are also commonly found in city parks.

After the hatch, the Goslings will be led away from the nesting site toward a more abundant feeding area. They are able to jump from great heights without harm coming to them due to their downy feathers and light weight. The female begins moulting approximately five weeks after the goslings have hatched and the males begins moulting right after mating. When the goslings have reached 9-10 weeks of age and are ready to fly, the parents will have re-grown their flight feathers.

There are two groups of Canada Geese, those that migrate and those that are "residents" and remain in the area where they were born all year round. In the autumn when they are strong enough, migrating goslings will join their parents as they fly south learning the route as they go along. The majority of geese will migrate to the US and Mexico.

Predators of Canada geese and their eggs include humans, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, bobcats, and foxes, as well as gulls, eagles, crows, ravens, and magpies. They can live more than 20 years in captivity; in the wild they have a much shorter life span.

Some links with further information:

Six AMAZING THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW About Canada Geese

The Sierra Club of BC

More about Canada Geese



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By: gemini (offline) on Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 02:18 PM EDT  
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2013 Nesting Season - Timeline and Links

First Sighting of Geese in the Nest
March 30 - forum/viewtopic.php?topic=493110#493110



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By: gemini (offline) on Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 02:18 PM EDT  
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By: davidh (offline) on Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 07:01 PM EDT  
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New Mission Nest for 2012-2013:

For the past three years we have been watching several pairs of eagles nesting along the shoreline of Hatzic Lake. This is a resort and year round community located in the Fraser Valley about 5 miles east of Mission on the way to the Chehalis - Harrison River complex. The lake and lowland drainage ditches of the area not only has all 5 species of salmon spawning, the ditches full of nesting duck, geese and muskrats but this shallow lake also houses a huge population of invasive carp. While this species is a bad introduction to our native ecosystems, the eagles do their best to keep the population under control. Many people have seen these eagles dragging or swimming a large carp to shore. The area is definitely prime bald eagle habitat. Another pair raised young about 300 meters away and two other pairs nest within a kilometer. Our nest is about 100 meters from the lake.

Mary, Karen and I had actually stopped by the landowner's house a couple of times but simply missed everybody. When we finally made contact this summer we met a most enthusiastic landowner who immediately, when I identified myself, asked if we would put up a cam in his nest. What a fine suggestion! You bet!! So as soon as the chick and parents left the territory, and with good old Larry's physical help up the tree, we placed in two cams: an HD fixed focus cam like at White Rock and a 20x HD PTZ. The landowners, Percy and Debbie, take great interest in the pair and we hope they will become regular ground observers and help keep us all posted on what happens in the greater area.

Percy is also one of those 'do any jobs types' and no sooner had we suggested we needed power to the nest tree to run the cams and infrared lights than he had dug the ditch and buried the line. A few doors away, with the adjacent eagle nest in his yard, is the local veterinarian, always a reassuring neighbor. Shaw Cable has also agreed to fund this cable connection, making their contribution now to four of our sites. Thanks, Shaw.

Site Sponsorship: This nest is largely funded by our viewers with Shaw Cable supporting the outbound bandwidth. A special thanks to Percy and Debbie for providing and installing our power -- and Captain Percy and his fine jet boat for getting us out to the Chehalis Tower cams. Thanks again.


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By: karenbills (offline) on Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 07:47 PM EDT  
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Here are my pictures from our cam installations at the new mission nest. All pics can be clicked twice to make them go full screen size.

We had an early morning visitor at the nest site even before Larry/urban eagle arrived to help us. This young bear was not interested in us. David Hancock said the bear was about 2 1/2 yrs. old. S/he was looking for fruit and nuts in the nearby trees on the farm. I was following with my camera and by the time I snapped this the bear was on its way to the adjoining farm. I'm told that there has also been a mama bear with her three cubs come onto the farm in the past, also looking for food.
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Larry was a great help that day and here he is helping the crane operator to attach the bucket in which David and Larry rode up to the 65 - 70 ft. nest.
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Here goes David and Larry up to the nest.
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By: karenbills (offline) on Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 07:51 PM EDT  
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Here's Larry climbing up on the bucket to do some attaching.
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Here's the PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cam which was installed above the nest. The wide angle is on a different limb.
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After the two cams were installed then Larry and David came down to check with Ken.
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By: karenbills (offline) on Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 07:53 PM EDT  
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Percy is pulling down the wires from the nest above so that Ken can attach them.
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Ken and Percy, each on ladders.
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Ken and Percy doing electrical work at the box.
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