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By: elle (offline) on Thursday, June 08 2017 @ 06:57 PM EDT  
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Thanks Karen for your post. I was really flabbergasted by the Sun article. Happy they posted my picture and spelled my name correctly though. I was supposed to be interviewed by Chek today but something came up and they called to cancel. One of my concerns is misinterpretation too. I may be interviewed tomorrow.
Karen: Can you also please confirm the residents are indeed getting fed up with all the attention. I know everyone wants to see but these are wild creatures who have a life and families to raise. They are not in a zoo.
Kay: Yes the residents have always been friendly when we visit but up until now we have visited occasionally, alone or with one other person, and very seldom has anyone else been there. We never stay very long and are respectful of their privacy. It is an entirely different scenario now. Apparently thanks to me. I expect someone else might have twigged eventually and may or may not have publicised it. I sent a video to David Hancock for clarification and never expected this outcome.
Now there is a Facebook rumour going around about there originally having been 2 hawklets in the nest and this was observed by one of the residents! I am trying to get more information about that.


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By: sassyk (offline) on Thursday, June 08 2017 @ 07:24 PM EDT  
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Karen I believe David B. said that David H. had changed his mind about his original theory. David B. was also of the opinion that one of the adult eagles brought the hawk chick into the nest as prey, then changed their mind and decided to feed it. I posted the link to the CTV interview David B. did yesterday where he tells the reporter that.

elle S. who lives in the house next to the nest, told me as soon as I arrived yesterday that her neighbour said she saw 2 hawk chicks in the nest yesterday morning. I wondered if maybe the neighbour saw the lighter coloured feathers on the underside of the eaglets wings and thought it was another hawk chick. The only person I mentioned it to was David B., and that was because I thought he should look very closely at the nest when he was there to see if he saw another hawk chick. I was watching and taking video, my friend had her scope set up a few feet away from my gear, David B. had his scope set up between us and none of us saw a second hawk chick. I don't know what David B. saw or what anyone else said after I left. Yes, thanks to you it has become an internet, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook sensation all around the world. News spreads very quickly in the birding community and the situation is so unusual and amazing that a lot of people, not just birders, want to witness it with their own eyes. I will say that I have never witnessed anyone harassing the birds at any of the nests I have visited. If someone was acting inappropriately, I certainly would say something. I might risk getting sworn at or bonked on the head with a big lens but I would still say something.


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By: elainemyrkle (offline) on Thursday, June 08 2017 @ 08:08 PM EDT  
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Gosh, I hope things calm down around the nest for everyone's concern. Maybe after the newness wears off it will. Take care you two and don't be getting bonked.


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By: karenbills (offline) on Thursday, June 08 2017 @ 08:28 PM EDT  
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On the broadcast today there was a lot of media at the nest site. I was told it is the neighbors who are not happy about this, not the eagles. David was shown a photo of two hawklets in the nest. I think it was last week sometime.

Kay - It is not a theory that DavidH has about the Tsawwassen nest 10 years ago. He knows the property owner who saw the female red-tailed hawk brought into the nest as prey. It was weeks later when the hawklet suddenly appeared so there is no doubt how that baby occurred in the nest.


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By: sassyk (offline) on Thursday, June 08 2017 @ 08:41 PM EDT  
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Karen I know what David H. said about the Tsawwassen nest; I have read all of his articles. It is David H.s thoughts about what happened at the Roberts Bay nest I'm talking about. David B. was the one who told me that David H. had changed his mind about his original idea as to how the hawk chick ended up in the nest. As I have already said, none of the neighbours know how the hawk chick got there and most of them didn't even know it was there! None of us saw what happened so we can only speculate as to how it got there. I must say though, that I believe either one of those theories could be correct Wink


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By: elle (offline) on Thursday, June 08 2017 @ 08:47 PM EDT  
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What a Pandora's Box.
If there was knowledge and documentation of 2 hawklets before last Sunday then why wasn't that info made known at that time when David H was there.
I accept that this sensational event is beyond my control. It is bittersweet. I hope for the best.



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By: Woodlands Bleu (offline) on Thursday, June 08 2017 @ 09:33 PM EDT  
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Interesting! Here is a thought for everyone.....It does not matter, how, or when or why, it matters that it is. So in my humble opinion, be respectful, be kind, be distant and understand it is private property.
Also, give the eagles space, the eaglets need it too.....Then all can enjoy seeing this wonder without sad events possibly happening.
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By: elle (offline) on Thursday, June 08 2017 @ 09:36 PM EDT  
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Thanks Carolyn.


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