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By: urdognu (offline) on Tuesday, September 10 2013 @ 12:25 PM EDT (Read 13844 times)  
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Welcome to Sauces Canyon, Santa Cruz Island 2014 Nesting Bald Eagle Cam

Thank you Institute For Wildlife Studies staff for all that you do for the Channel Island Nests... and for bringing this and many other cams forward for us to view.

Links:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sauces-cam
http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html


2014 Season:

  • cam on line: These cams remain live year round

    • adults return: These birds do not migrate they remain in their territory year round
    • eggs laid: February 15 2014; unknown if a second egg was laid; and on February 22 2014 Egg(s) broke
    • eggs laid: March 16 2014; Mom lays an egg (second clutch or attempt this season) sadly Dad steps on the egg when delivering a new branch to the nest

      Unfortunately the 2014 Nesting Season was not successful for this pair...hopefully next year is better for them!

      2011 was the first year on cam for this nest; with what had been an internal monitoring cam hooked up for streaming after the Pelican Harbor pair moved to a new nest. The cam has sound and was upgraded for 2012, including the addition of night vision.

      The Sauces pair initially consisted of male A28 (removed from a nest near Juneau, Alaska, in 2004 and released from the South Hacktower on Santa Cruz) and female A02 (produced by the San Francisco Zoo in 2002 and released from the North Hacktower on Santa Cruz). They nested in 2008 and laid at least one egg, but the nest failed. They tried again in 2009, laid eggs, were seen incubating - but were found away from the nest around the time the eggs would have been expected to hatch. Then in July 2009, IWS received a report that A02 was found dead in Pozo, which I think is quite a ways inland on the mainland. A28 paired up with female A27 (also removed from a nest near Juneau, Alaska, in 2004 and released from the South Hacktower on Santa Cruz), and they built a nest for the 2010 nesting season. That new pair laid two eggs in 2010; only one hatched, and it became male A71, and fledged successfully. There was another change for the 2011 nesting season - female A27 had a new mate, male A40 (produced by the San Francisco Zoo in 2005 and released from the South Hacktower on Santa Cruz); the new pair laid two eggs, one of which hatched to become male A73/Dreamer, who fledged successfully and was still on the island as of mid-August 2011 (the second egg didn't hatch).

      Two eggs were laid in 2012 and both chicks hatched and successfully fledged; A82/Phoebe (F) & A81/Buster (M). Both were banded and fitted with transmitters June 8. A81 jumped from the nest as the climber appeared. Luckily, he was not injured and was put back in the nest with his sister. In September, A81 was found stuck in a gully, rescued and set free. Thanks to the transmitters that the IWS crew attaches to the eaglets during the banding, he was located.

      The adults were on alert for a couple of days at the beginning of March, 2013, and then female A27 was on the nest briefly about 9:12 am the morning of March 4th, then left and did not return; male A40 tended the eggs around the clock with a couple of brief stretches for a couple of days, but did not incubate constantly the night of March 6-7, and left for several hours the morning of March 7; while he was away, ravens came and took the eggs. He returned an hour or two later and stood for a while looking at the nest, then left again.
      A49 (the female at Fraser Point) was seen at the nest afterwards, and then A48 (another large female) started being a regular visitor, and as of mid-March looks as if she may become the new female here.
      Good news - A27 was seen April 25 near the Pelican Harbor territory, so we know she survived the fight for her nest; it will be interesting to see what happens this season.

      In early August, A40 and A48 were both spotted together on Kinton Point in the Sauces Territory. It looks as if A48 may be the nest female for the 2014 nesting season. It will be interesting to see what unfolds and if A27 returns.

      A40 & A48
      (scap courtesy of Mia)
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      A27 incubating her first egg Feb. 25, 2013
      Hope A27 finds a new mate/territory.
      (scap courtesy of Mia)
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      2012 Nesting Season with A27, A40 and chicks A81, A82
      (scap by urdognu)
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      Link to the 2013 Nesting Season Thread
      forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=420932&mode=&show=20


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Banding Day for A81 and A82... 2012
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By: urdognu (offline) on Tuesday, November 12 2013 @ 02:30 PM EST  
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Sauces cam is still temporarily unavailable.

Dave, IWS Crew, have seen the pair near Christy Point, which is not too far from the nest canyon.

A-40
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