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By: JudyB (offline) on Monday, September 08 2014 @ 09:38 PM EDT (Read 417773 times)  
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Smaller versions of the cams:
Harrison North Small - staticpages/index.php/HarrMills-SmallCameraNorth
Harrison South Small - staticpages/index.php/HarrMills-SmallCameraSouth

The Harrison Mills bald eagle nest is 175 feet up a huge Douglas fir - on the 10th green of the Sandpiper Golf Course at Pretty Estates Resort - and the folks at Pretty Estates have named the adults Mr. and Mrs. Honeycomb, in the Penthouse Nest.

For David Hancock's history of the Harrison Mills nest read his lengthy article. I suggest printing it to read at your leisure: forum/viewtopic.php?topic=575875#575875

2013 was the first year we watched this nest, and while there were some occasional eagle visits, Mr. and Mrs. Honeycomb didn't arrive until mid March (see here for a possible reason). They promptly set to work, fixed up the nest, and laid two eggs four days apart, both of which hatched four days apart. Both Birdie and Bogey did well for a couple of weeks, though little Bogey was always visibly smaller, but then Birdie started a major growth spurt and there were a few days with less food - which meant that there was none left for the now much smaller chick; little Bogey died when he/she was 23 days old. Birdie thrived, and fledged successfully. He was seen flying down near the river - and did return to the nest for a couple of quick visits before heading off to see the world. You can read all about the 2013 nesting season here - Harrison Mills 2013 Observations and Discussion.

The 2014 nesting season was different - you can read all about the 2014 nesting season here - Harrison Mills 2014 Observations and Discussion. Mrs. Honeycomb only laid one egg, and though both parents incubated it diligently, it didn't hatch. We were all a bit heartbroken - but do know this may also be part of the natural way of things. IrishEyes put together a great summary of the 2014 nesting season - Part 1 and Part 2 Thanks Bev !


2014-2015 Nesting Season

Parents Return: Mom returned Oct.8, 2014 at 8:22am... Here
Dad is confirmed back.,, Oct.11, 2014 at 7:40am .... Here

Mom and Dad visit the nest at dusk..Nov 7, 5:04pm HERE

Mom Honeycomb spends the night on the nest March 5, 2015 .

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Eggs Laid: EGG # 1 .March 24, 2015...at 8:58pm.. HERE

Egg# 2 March 28.. at 6:09pm...HERE


Videomarks Mom laying egg # 2..HERE


Hatched: #1 April 29 at 4:10 pm (36 days)... HERE

Named: (by Betty Anne from Pretty Estates Resort) Driver

Egg # 2 Hatched May3 at 2:34am... HERE

Named: (by Betty Anne from Pretty Estates Resort) Putter


Branching: July 2..Driver 64 days old.. HERE

Video by Judy B ... HERE

July 10.. Putter 68 days old HERE


Fledged: DrIver Fledged July 25, 2015...87days old... at 2:24pm.. HERE

Putter Fledged July 29, 2015...88 days old at 5:43am..... HERE

Driver retuned home.....July 26 at 5:26pm.....HERE

Putter retuned home..,July 30,at 4:13pm... Start here

Driver back at the nest...July 29 left at 10:11am..
HERE

Last seen

Putter Aug.3, 2015. HERE

Driver, Aug. 4 at 6:42 am.. HERE
.Driver returned to the nest.Aug.6 at 11:01am... HERE

Driver left Aug.7 at 5:49am.. HERE

Mom and Dad on the Nest August 9..7:47am.. HERE

Putter on the nest August 9 at 7:51am... HERE

Re migration


Summary here


2013 eaglets Birdie and Bogey, May 16, 2013, courtesy of IrishEyes

Thanks to David Hancock, Karen Bills, Ken Cillis and the folks at Pretty Estates Resort for making it possible for us to watch these eagles, up close and personal!


Nest Adoptions for 2016 are now available!

To date in the calendar year 2015 the Harrison Mills nest has been adopted by:

~ Leslie Sofarelli
~ IrishEyes
~ Kyle and Neil Hardy
~ Darlene Lewis
~ amd-michelle
~ JudyB
~ Celestron

Previous Year's Adoptions


2013
2014

You too can honor your favorite fine feathered family -
and support the work of Hancock Wildlife -
by adopting the HWF nest of your choice -


Click HERE to see how!




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By: JudyB (offline) on Monday, September 08 2014 @ 09:41 PM EDT  
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How to tell who is who -

Mrs Honeycomb has a band on her right leg, and appears to have a feather missing on the side of her tail; it may have broken - sometimes it looks as if I can see the top part of it.


(Picture courtesy of IrishEyes)

Mrs Honeycomb was banded by O.W.L. as a full adult in the spring of 2001 - so she will be at least 20 years old in spring 2015; you can read the rest of her story from David Hancock here - A Good Eagle Story.


Mr Honeycomb has a dark stripe on the edge of one of his tail feathers:

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By: JudyB (offline) on Monday, September 08 2014 @ 09:42 PM EDT  
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About the Area and the Cams

The 2 PTZ cams offer fantastic views of the eagle activity on the Chehalis - Harrison Flats to the North East. The cams also see where the Chehalis Fish Cam is situated - and later - where the Eagle Cafe will be!

Map of the area (thanks, terrytvgal, for finding this!)


The view from the nest, with a special guest appearance from 2013 eaglet Birdie! (clicks bigger)


Link to David Hancock's report on the installation of the cams in 2012

Link to pictures by Karen Bills of the cam installation (that is one big tree!)


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: JudyB (offline) on Monday, September 08 2014 @ 09:43 PM EDT  
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Links added by Bev,,Irish Eyes.......

Sunday......Nov.2, 2014

Link to FVBEF MAP.. Courtesy ofJean aka mjb..HERE

Monday, Nov.10. Pictures of the Honeycombs Neighbors Eagle Nest ...plus much more..courtesy of karenbills.HERE

Monday , Nov.17..Link to H Mills Nest and area pictures.. courtesy of Jean aka mjb
HERE

Wednesday..Nov.19, 2014.Pictures by Jean.HERE

Sunday,Dec. 7, 2014..
David Hancock's last Fraser River Safari boat eagle tour on the Harrison River for 2014. Here's a few pictures from the foggy/rainy day: Courtesy k bills.Here

Friday, Dec,19, 2014. Eagle nests In H Mills/Fraser Valley area k bills. HERE

Sat.Jan .3..... Honeycombs on Mom's Perch..HERE

Sunday..Jan . 4.. Embedded and PTZ cams down.....winter storm.

Summary of Mom and Dad Honeycomb nest visits for Nov. and Dec. 2014 and Perch visit out front Jan.3, 2015., Winter Break and Return to their nest

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cont.to Feb.27, 2015

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Thank You HWF and Pretty Estates for the Cams ..... and to all zoomers, those you took s'caps and documented this nest...and to JudyB for the wonderful Cam Presets

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Mom Honeycomb spends the night on the nest March 5, 2015 .

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Sunday, August 9, 2015.Post and pictures by Judy B

Here are two pictures I took the morning after FledgeFest - the first shows the tree above the nest (though you can't really see the nest) and the second is zoomed in to show the nest, both cams, and part of at least one chick. Both should click quite a bit bigger..HERE

August 13, 2015..Link re migration.. HERE




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By: JudyB (offline) on Monday, September 08 2014 @ 09:44 PM EDT  
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Views of Pesky Branch South cam

Mom and Dad were taking turns incubating the eggs and on April 16 ..Mom was gone for almost 9 hours and Dad incubated the eggs

CLICK HERE

April 17.. Dad was on the eggs from 8:37am-7:02pm..10hrs.20min... CLICK HERE

Sibling Rivalry...JudyB...May 4, 2015

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IMP.Link.RE fish.....WED.May 27, 2015

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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Saturday, September 13 2014 @ 07:35 AM EDT  
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Sat.....Sept.13, 2014

A huge Thank You to Judy B for setting up this thread for us.Big hugs

We are embarking on new season with Mr and Mrs Honeycomb .. and it is so exciting Clapping........and we wish them a successful season with a couple of chicks.......love

Good Morning H Mills and Friends......Rita, yolande, Karen, Jean, Judy B, Dan, Sue, Michelle and all.hug.. and excellent catch Rita and thank you for the video.Big hugs

Link to Rita's post Here

I also heard trills Here

I suspect there are eagles passing through this area on their way to the salmon runs...JMO

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Dark at the empty nest

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I moved the N Cam out front
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Have a good day all!


...Helpful Hints ..Be respectful ..Bev.


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By: Yolande (offline) on Saturday, September 13 2014 @ 07:51 PM EDT  
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Hi all - Just stopped by and zoomer was zooming. Some great shots of the area and thanks, zoomer Smile I hear golf balls zinging and a helicopter.

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I see that was you, Bev!


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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Saturday, September 13 2014 @ 07:51 PM EDT  
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4:38pm-4:50pm
I took a quick zoom around on the N Cam..so sounds on any birds........i did hear a helicopter...........

It is a beautiful day on the H Mills........I will leave the N Cam here.
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Nest is empty........

Good Night all.hug

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Hi yolande............ sorry ......I missed your post... and thank you for the scaps.........Big hugs


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