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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 06:57 PM EDT (Read 35515 times)  
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Welcome

Welcome to the West End & Two Harbor's 2014 Nesting Seasons.

This thread is devoted to two very special bald eagle pairs that both nest on Catalina Island off the coast of California. Additionally, its
a tribute to these majestic pairs and an opportunity for us to journal and document their life events over the course of a year.

The family history on these two pairs will follow this post.

Recognition & Thanks

We would like to extend our warmest thanks and gratitude to the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) for providing the live bald eagle cams at
West End and Two Harbors and for all they do to promote the conservation and recovery of the bald eagle populations to the Channel Islands!
The IWS Bald Eagle Restoration Program is second to none...for more information on their programs visit their web site
at iws.org.

As always thanks to all our members that contribute to our journal here ... its your observations, captures and videos that enhance the learning
process and each time you share here it creates a much more enjoyable experience for all of us here ... so warmest thanks to you all!

We would also like to thank the Channel Islands Live Eagle Cam Discussion forum (CHIL) for the extensive journal that they have compiled over the
years on all the bald eagle families that nest on the Channel Islands. Their web site is a wonderful tribute to the birds and a valuable resource
to us all ... so warmest thanks to all fellow eagleholics that contribute and perch there!

Links

Link to our 2013 Two Harbors & West End thread
forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=420791&topic=575783#575783

Link to the IWS seven cam site can be found here, which includes links to the Two Harbors and West End bald eagle cams.
http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html

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

Direct Link to the West End Close Up cam only
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL-400ycsYY
Note: This link changes from time to time

Direct Link to the West End Wide Angle cam only
http://www.ustream.tv/west-end-cam-wide-view

Link to CHIL web site where IWS Updates and resource information can be found
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... owforum=11


Summary of the 2014 Nesting Season-West End

At the West End nest; Lady Wray went missing in the fall of 2013 and we presumed she died of old age. Later a young female K87 soon started visiting the nest with Superman and for months it looked like she was going to be the new resident female. Sadly this spring her sibling K91 displaced her off the nest and K91 is now the resident female at the West End Nest. There were no eggs laid in the 2014 Nesting Season perhaps because everything was so "new"! The birds K01 Superman and K91 Thunder did visit the nest often working on nest and building on their relationship as a new pair.

Superman has not been to the nest since August 16 2014 and i suspect he has left his territory for a vacation like he did in 2010...i hope he returns safely and soon or K91 could have new suitors come a courting.
We all hope that 2015 is a better season for this new pair.

Summary of the 2014 Nesting Season-Two Harbors

•adults return: This pair does not migrate they remain in the nest area all year long as there is food aplenty.

•intrusions:

•eggs laid: Feb 15 & 17 2014 (the second egg broke shortly after it was laid)

•hatched: March 24 2014

•banded: May 16 2014 (7 Weeks of Age)

•fledged - June 14, 2014 (11+ Weeks or 80 Days Old)

•juvie last seen:

Pat (Cumbrian) of CHIL Eaglecam has completed the Class of 2014 - It is a excellent summary of the entire year for all the Channel Island Eagle families Wub ... click on link below

http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... topic=9193

Thank You Pat you did a beautiful job Clapping Big hugs

HatchTimelines

Experience shows that the first egg often hatches around Day 38 and the second egg
hatches abit earlier than Day 38 likely as a result of the "cooling period"
of the first egg thereby promoting a closer hatch of all the eggs.

Cooling period is brief periods of time that the adult will not incubate the egg.
Experience has shown that the cooling period may exceed one hour without any ill effect.

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up to date account of the life events at these nests.

We look forward to another great season ... growing along side these beautiful bald eagle families Wub
and we welcome you to join in and share in the magic that these majestic birds bring into our lives hug





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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 06:58 PM EDT  
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Background on the West End Pairs & Families


Wray - Age 27 - Goes Missing-Fall of 2013 - New Female(s) Arrive at West End

After the 2013 nesting season Wray appeared to be sporting an foot or leg injury as she was limping and favoring one side. I think the last time I saw Wray
in the nest was August 17 2013 although Dr. Sharpe reported seeing and observing her on October 1, 2014, from the bait station. Dr. Sharpe had set up
the bait station so that he could observe Wray and possibly trap her so that he could examine the nature and extent of her injury. Wray never visited the
bait station in fact she disappeared during this same time period...and given her age she likely passed away.

On October 22 2013 a young female K-87 started visiting with Superman at the West End nest. Over the next five months it looked like K-87 was going to
be the new resident female at West End then on April 5, 2014 K-87 was displaced by her sister K-91. Since then K-91 has been the steady female at the West End nest.
Unfortunately, all the change at the West End nest resulted in a lost breeding season; there were no eggs were laid in 2014.

Hard to say good bye to Lady Wray ... she had enormous presence for many of us watching and following this pair; Wray was a great teacher to her kids but also to all of us observing here; Wray was protective,
warm and loving mother to all her babies and she was always a fun loving partner to her Superman. We loved Wray's wit and charm in the nest ... miss her so much Sad

Wray ... May You Always Soar High & Forever Free ... Forever Loved Forever in our Hearts RIP Lady Wray Red Heart


Wray & Superman - Family History - 2006 to 2013

1986 - Wray was born in British Columbia then taken to the Channel Islands & released from the Sweetwater Hacktower on Catalina Island. Resident female since 1991
2000 - Superman was born at the San Francisco Zoo then fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest; Replaced the resident male who disappeared in 2006
2007-Three fostered chicks - K72 (F) Earth; K73 (M) Wind; K74 (M) Fire; all three fledged successfully.
2008 - Two chicks - K-65 (F) Miracle (Westie); K-67 (F) Surprise both fledged successfully.
2008 - Note: Two eagles now have the same bling ~~ K65 Westie & K-65 (M) PR Nest-Class of 1986
2009- Two chicks - K98 Faith and K97 Joy - both female; both fledged successfully. K98 Deceased
2010- Two chicks - K08 Dakota and K07 Aquila; both fledged successfully. Deceased: K07 & K08 only K07's body recovered.
2011- Three chicks - K-12 (F) Aahana; K-13 (M) Alerio & K-14 (M) Prince Harry; all three fledged successfully. Deceased K14
2012- Three chicks - K-27 Athena (F) & K-24 - Megwich (M) & 5Z Ge-nii (F) - nicknamed Me2; all three fledged successfully; Deceased K24 & K27
2012 - Note Me2 was too small to get wing blings so she was banded with two bands like Superman; one silver band/left leg and one orange band/right leg
2013-Three Chicks - K27 (M) Newton; K28 (F) Bella; K29 (F) Marthe; all three fledged. Deceased K29 Marthe
2013 - In the fall Wray disappeared; we presumed she passed on from old age since she was 27 years old when she went missing.

Note: Superman Goes Missing - Fall of 2010
After the 2010 nesting season towards the latter part of August Superman K01 disappeared from the area. Wray remained in her territory and
in September 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 was accepting K51 as her new mate.
K51 was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2005 and then fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest.

Then on January 13, 2011 Superman returned to the nest and he re-established his relationship with Wray. K51 left the territory and has not
been seen at the West End nest since but he has been observed with another female in the Channel Islands territory.

The Original West End Pair Was a Trio - 18 Years - 1991 to 2008

This nest was established in 1991 and it was a bit unusual as the resident pair was actually a trio of three adults; two females Wray, Dianna and a male Shenandoah.
In 1986 the Wray and Dianna K-69 were both brought to the Island as chicks from British Columbia, Canada and were released together from the Sweetwater Hacktower
on Catalina Island. The original male Shenandoah K-77 went missing in the spring of 2006
at 25 years of age. Superman K01 became the new resident male that same year. In 2008 Dianna K69 disappearedhas 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.


Identifiers- Wing Blings & Bands


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.

West End Birds
Dianna K69 - Orange wing bling on each wing.
Wray - No blings; has a silver leg band
Superman K01 - Orange wing bling on each wing; only visible when his wings are fully spanned as the blings are tucked inside and under the wings.
Superman has a silver band on his left leg and an orange band on his right leg.

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.

Egg Laying
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.


Fledgling Survival Rates
The first year for a young juvenile or fledgling is a difficult one as they learn to hunt and fend for themselves. At one time it was thought that about
50 percent of first year juvies did not survive that first year now with more transmitters tracking fledglings they now believe that survival rates
are much higher. The IWS tracks their fledglings with bands and blings so we will include updated information where we can...thanks to IWS.

Resource Information
The Channel Islands Live -Eagle Cam Discussion forum (CHIL) has an extensive journal on the Channel Islands Eagles and you can access information
on the history of these majestic families 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

Warmest Thanks to the CHIL team and for everyone reporting here ... your observations, screen captures, pictures and video footage helps to keep us all up to date on these incredible bald eagle families; thank you all so much.


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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 06:58 PM EDT  
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The Two Harbors Family

Family History on this beautiful pair K82 & K81

This beautiful pair became a breeding pair in 2003 and both were 5 years of age.

The resident female K82 hatched from an egg removed from the West End Nest in 1998 and was then fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest.
K82 has orange wing blings on her wings. The resident male K81 was hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 1998 and then fostered into the West End Nest.
K81 started with two wing blings one on each wing, however, sometime in 2013 his left bling fell off. 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.

DDT pollution caused a rapid decline in the bald eagle population; causing the eggs to thin so many did not hatch. To promote the recovery of the
bald eagle population eggs from this nest were removed a few days after they are laid and replaced with artificial eggs. The viable eggs were then
artificially incubated then once hatched the chicks were fostered back into the nest so that the chicks could be raised by the parents.

2003 - 1 Chick - K36 (M) - Successfully fledged - Fostered Egg from SF Zoo
2004 - 1 Chick - K46 (F) - Successfully fledged - Fostered Egg from SF Zoo Deceased Dec 2004
2004 - 1 Chick - K43 (F) - Fostered into the Pinnacle Rock nest; Successfully fledged
2005 - 1 Chick - K55 (M) - Fostered - Successfully fledged - Deceased July 25 2006
2006 - 1 Chick - K63 (F) - Fostered - Successfully fledged
2007 - 2 Chicks - K78 (M) Fostered - Sol/Peanut and K79 (F) Luna - Both fledged successfully
2008 - 1 Chick - K83 (F) Star - Fledged successfully
2009 - 2 Chicks - K87 (F) Lightning and K91 (F) Thunder" - both eggs hatched naturally in the nest; Both fledged successfully
2010 - 2 Chicks K04 (F) Avalon and K06 (M) Gabriel - Both fledged successfully - (K06 Gabriel - Deceased Mar. 2011)
2011 - 1 Chick - K18 (F) Solitaire - Fledged successfully
2012 - 1 Chick - Deceased - Taken by a fox at 3 weeks of age (April 20 2012)
2013 - 1 Chick - K38 (F) Echo - Fledged successfully; was still in the area into October and returned to the nest periodically
2014 - 1 Chick - K43 (F) - Fledged successfully

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 Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 07:11 PM EDT  
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Bringing forward as information:

We never know what we may be watching "unfold" when we are watching the nests.

This past weekend (October 13 2013) those of us that follow the West End bald eagle family reported seeing a Tall Ship sailing in the bay
and its behavior seemed off ... the ship nearly appeared like it was in distress so i decided to make a video of the ship.

Well this ship and its team were involved with an amazing discovery this past weekend...you likely heard about the
18 foot oarfish that was discovered on Sunday, October 13, 2013 well it now appears that the ship we were
watching on Sunday was the Tole Mour tall ship and its crew/team were the folks that found the dead oarfish!
What an amazing discovery for this crew and i must say it was pretty "kool" that we were watching them on the very day they discovered
this fish!

Here is one of the news articles that details their amazing discovery of the 18 foot oarfish complete with a picture of the
entire team holdng the fish and you can see the tall ship in the background!

Congrats to the Tole Mour Team on their terrific discovery and it will be interesting to see what the sciend can tell us about
this elusive and somewhat secretive fish!

http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/10/16/355 ... overy.html

Here is the video i made on Sunday October 13, 2013 of the SSV Tole Mour Tall Ship

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbJNOoy1 ... kyGpcn5UfA

A come of captures or stills from my video of the Tole Mour

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By: Debs (offline) on Saturday, October 19 2013 @ 05:04 PM EDT  
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October 19 2013

Afternoon Two Harbors & West End Friends wave

Yesterday we saw two adults hanging out on the peaks we really hope its our
resident pair but its too far away to identify them.

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Superman Are you Home - Welcome Home Big Guy - 1226 pm - October 19 2013 - West End Eagles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEHEXaax ... kyGpcn5UfA


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