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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, October 01 2012 @ 03:43 PM EDT (Read 35296 times)  
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This thread is devoted to two bald eagle families that share the same island; the Two Harbors pair; K82 Mom and her mate K81 Dad and the West End pair Wray and her mate K01 who is often called her Superman!

These two beautiful bald eagle pairs Wub share a wonderful and amazing history together that is outlined below.

First here are the links to their cams!

Link to the Insitute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) four cam site can be found here; includes live streamin cams for Two Harbors, West End, Pelican Harbor & Sauces bald eagle families.

http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html

Additional Links

Direct Link to the Two Harbors cam only is here
http://www.ustream.tv/two-harbors-cam

Direct Link to the West End cam only is here
http://www.ustream.tv/west-end-cam``


IWS Updates for all the nests can be accessed here

http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... owforum=11

Link to the 2012 TH/WE Nesting Seasons can be found here
forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=270263&lastpost=true#420800



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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, October 01 2012 @ 03:43 PM EDT  
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West End Nest, Santa Catalina Island - Bald Eagle Cam
(Information about the Two Harbors Nest is in the next post)


2012 - 2013 Season:

  • Adults return: N/A There is food aplenty for this pair so they do not migrate they remain on the island year round.
  • Eggs laid: 3 - February 22, 2013, February 25th & March 1st
  • Hatched: Triplets: Two chicks hatched on April 4th and the third chick hatched on April 7th 2013

  • Wing Blinged and Banded: May 27th 2013 as K-27 (M), K-28 (F) and K-29 (F)
  • Fledged: K-27 - June 29 at 12 Weeks; K-29 - July 6 2013 at 13 Weeks; K28 (F) July 12, 2013 at 13+ Weeks
  • Chicks Named:K-27 Newton; K-28 Bella; K29-Marthe
  • Sad News: K29-Marthe's body was found on August 14 2013; she may have tried to fly to the mainland ~ 22 miles is a long flight for a young juvenile; she most likely drowned.
  • Chicks Last Seen: As of October 16 2013 K28 Bella is still being seen at the nest and in their territory



Background on the West End Pairs

This nest, established in 1991, is unusual in that it had three adults for a number of years; two females and one male. The female Dianna (K69) had a wing bling on each wing and female Wray no wing blings but does have a silver leg band were brought from nests in British Columbia as chicks in 1986 and released together from the Sweetwater Hacktower on Catalina Island. The male K01 (sometimes called "Superman" was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2000 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest; he eventually replaced the previous West End male who disappeared before the 2006 nesting season at an age of 25.

Superman K01 has orange wing blings to identify him, however, they are only visible now when he has his wings are fully spanned as the blings are tucked inside of his wings and often covered by feathers as opposed to laying flat on the outside. Superman also has a silver band on his left leg and an orange band on his right leg.

Unfortunately, Dianna K69 has not been seen since 2008 but there is hope she may have left to form a pair with an unattached male. According to Dr. Sharpe of IWS, Wray and the original male were a pair for a year before Dianna joined them, so she was the junior member of the trio. This amazing trio raised many chicks over the course of their 18 years together.

In 2007 three of the five eggs removed for incubation in 2007 hatched, and the trio successfully raised female K72 ("Earth" ) and males K73 ("Wind" ) and K74 ("Fire" ). One of two eggs removed for incubation in 2008 hatched (though it was out of position for hatching and needed assistance to break out of its shell), and Wray surprised everyone by laying a third egg after the initial two were removed - which actually hatched naturally, although Dr. Sharpe put the chances of an egg from that pair surviving to hatch at less than 5% because of the contamination in the area. Both the incubator chick K65 "Miracle" and the naturally-hatched K67 "Surprise" are female.

Family - History - Wray and her Superman & their families since 2007

1986 - Wray was born in British Columbia then taken to the Channel Islands & released from the Sweetwater Hacktower on Catalina Island.

2000 - Superman was born at the San Francisco Zoo then fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest; he replaced the previous West End male who disappeared before the 2006 nesting season he was 25 years old.

2007-Three Fostered chicks~ K72 (F) Earth; K73 (M) Wind; K74 (M) Fire; all three fledged successfully.
2008 - Two chicks~ K-65 (F) aka Miracle (WEstie); K-67 (F) aka Surprise both fledged successfully! Note: Two eagles now have the same bling ~~ K65 Westie & K-65 is the Male on the PR Nest. Class of 1986
2009- Two chicks ~ K98 Faith and K97 Joy (both female) both fledged successfully. K98 died while trying to fly to the mainland; K97 was seen on the mainland in April 2011.
2010- Two chicks ~ K08 Dakota and K07 Aquila; both fledged successfully. Unfortunately both died; drowned while flying to the mainland; only K07's body was recovered.
2011- Three chicks ~ K-12 (F) Aahana; K-13 (M) Alerio & K-14 (M) Prince Harry; all three fledged successfully. Unfortunately K14 drowned around August 30 2011 ~ found by a fisherman in the waters between Santa Cruz and the Anacapa islands.
2012- Three chicks K-27 Athena (F) & K-24 - Megwich (M) & 5Z Ge-nii (nicknamed Me2) (F) The chicks were banded on May 25/12 at approximately 6 weeks of age! The youngest eaglet 5Z was too small to get wing-blings & a transmitter so instead
was banded same as K-01 with two bands; one silver band/left leg and one orange band/right leg; all three chicks successfully fledged. Sad News: K24 drowned September 6/12 and K27 Athena was found deceased in Saskatchewan Canada
in November 2012 these two juvies will forever live in our hearts.

2011 was an interesting year. After the nesting season of 2010 and towards the latter part of August Superman K01 disappeared from the area. However, in September 2010 a new young male K51 started visiting the nest and began courting Wray. Over the course of the next four months and based on the behavior observed in the nest it certainly appeared that Wray had accepted K51 as her new mate. K51 was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2005 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest.

Then on January 13, 2011 Superman returned to the nest and the young male K51 has not been seen since. Wray and Superman re-established their relationship and together they had three eggs this season, all of which hatched; K12(F)/Aahana, K13(M)/Alerio and K14(M)/Prince Harry and all three fledged successfully. K12 and K13 were still on the island as of the end of August. Unfortunately, K14/Prince Harry's body was found in the water between Santa Cruz and Anacapa on August 30th.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in late February and early March, chicks in early April, and fledging from mid-June to early July. Last years eggs were laid Feb 18, 22 & 26!

A note about wing tags: Eagles hatched, fostered or released from hacking towers on Catalina Island have orange wing tags with the letter K and two numbers; the first number is often the year they were hatched - but as there are now more than 10 eaglets per year, the others will get unused numbers from previous years, like K03 at Seal Rocks. Eagles hatched, fostered or released in the northern Channel Islands (including Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa) have powder blue wing tags with the letter A.

(Information from the Institute for Wildlife Studies)

The Channel Islands Live -Eagle Cam Discussion forum (CHIL) has an extensive journal on the Channel Islands Eagles and you can access some great resource information on the history of these birds here:

Wing-Bling Reference Chart, Santa Catalina Island Banded Eagles
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... topic=1989

Wing-Bling Reference Chart, SC, SR & Anacapa Islands Banded Eagles
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... topic=1990

EaglesEagles Over The Rainbow Bridge, History & Links to Tribute Threads
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... ry22051384

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Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island, CA - Bald Eagle Cam

Direct feed for Two Harbors:
http://www.iws.org/bald_eagles/twoharborscam.html

http://www.iws.org/bald_eagles/nestcam.htm

This page has links to the two Catalina Island cams and the Santa Cruz Island Cam; Catalina cams now use Flash technology, and like our HWF cams, there are occasional ads. The cams are solar powered, so the picture may be less than optimal in bad weather.

2012 - 2013 Season:

  • Adults return: N/A There is food aplenty for this pair so they do not migrate they remain on the island year round.
  • Eggs laid: Feb 16, 2013; Feb 18, 2013; sadly one egg was lost/broken on February 24th
  • Hatched: March 25th
  • Wing Blinged and Banded: May 18, 2013 (nearly 8 Weeks of age) Wing Blinged K38 (F)
  • Fledged: June 21, 2013 @ 12.5 Weeks Old
  • Chicks Last Seen: K38 Echo at 19 Weeks (Aug 5 2013) is still visiting and being fed at the nest by the parents



Family History on this beautiful pair K82 & K81

The male K81 was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 1998 and fostered into the West End Nest, while the female K82 hatched from an egg removed from the West End Nest in 1998 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest; like most of the Catalina adults, they are generally referred to by their wing tag numbers instead of a nickname. They became a breeding pair in 2003, and K82 has laid eight eggs from 2004 through 2008, six of which have hatched. Because of problems with DDT pollution which can make the shell of eggs too thin to hatch naturally, until 2009, eggs from this nest were removed a few days after they are laid, replaced with artificial eggs, and placed in an incubator; when they hatch, the chicks were returned to the nest. This pair raised two eaglets, male K78 and female K79, from the two eggs they laid in 2007. One of their two eggs hatched in 2008, and they successfully fledged female K83 Star, who was seen in Oregon in March 2010. In 2009, it was decided that there were enough productive nests on Catalina Island that the eggs would not be removed for incubation, and both their eggs hatched naturally! Females K91 Thunder and K87 Lightning both fledged successfully; K91 was seen in MacDoel, CA, in June 2010, and K87 was seen on Catalina Island in August 2010. The pair raised female K04 Avalon and male K06 Gabriel in 2010; both fledged successfully.

Note: K81 has two ankle bands; a silver federal leg band on his right leg and an orange aluminum band with "7/L" on his left leg. According to Dr Sharpe they used to put the orange band on so that there was the possibility of reading the band if/when the wing marker fell off, but IWS stopped that a few few years ago.

Note: K81 remaining wing bling on his left side is no longer visible ... it likely fell off on August 27 2013.

In 2011 there were two eggs initially but one disappeared after about 3 weeks; the other hatched. K18(F)/Solitaire fledged successfully, and was still on the island and she was observed returning to the nest until mid-October, almost four months after she fledged, which is rare behavior.

2012-Two eggs were laid one survived and hatched. The chick was doing well but in the early morning hours on April 20, 2012 a fox entered the nest the chick was able to scare it off but the the fox returned later when the chick was asleep and took the chick (neither parent was around) it was a sad conclusion for this family and the viewers.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in late February and early March, chicks in early April, and fledging from mid-June to early July.


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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, October 01 2012 @ 03:49 PM EDT  
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Monday - October 1 2012

Welcome Welcome Friends to the beginning of our 2013 Nesting Season

TH & WE

Both nests have been mt eagle wise but we did get to enjoy a pair of loving
ravens that visited the Two Harbors nest earlier today.

TH

1012 am
The Lovees are enjoying the nest so cute. The female was really being
affectionate towards her mate was sooo cute.

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905 am
IWS takes us on a tour of TH area.
The WE nest is completely fogged in.
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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, October 01 2012 @ 03:57 PM EDT  
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WE

827 am
The WE nest was completed fogged in this morning.

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1150 am
Fog is lifting; small visitor perched on the pole.
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1250 pm
The fog has burned off now; saw a fly by X2 abit ago; heard adult eagle calls too; sounded
like Wray but nest has remained mt.
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