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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Monday, October 10 2016 @ 05:25 PM EDT (Read 436 times)  
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Hi Friends of the Harrison Mills Nest.

Work In Progress

This thread is intended to make it easier for all Harrison Mills Nest viewers to obtain information about the Harrison Mills Nest ..

In addition to providing the history of this nest ..there will be a map of the area , pictures, links and a summary of each nesting season..


The Harrison Mills Nest is 175 feet up a huge Douglas fir - on the 10th green of the Sandpiper Golf course!
The 2 PTZ cams will offer fantastic views of the eagle activity on the Chehalis - Harrison Flats to the North East.

The Resident Eagles are called Mr and Mrs Honeycomb named by Betty Ann ( owner of the property at the time ) and their nest was appropriately called the Penthouse !


Map of the area
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Thank you, Terrytvgal

The Honeycombs are less urban than our other Hancock eagle pairs and do things a little different in that don't spend as much time on their nest... and after they repair their nest and have it ready for eggs they have been known to take a " Winter Break" ..

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)




Mr Honeycomb has a dark stripe on the edge of one of his tail feathers:
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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Wednesday, October 12 2016 @ 02:25 PM EDT  
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FROM DAVID HANCOCK:

New Harrison Mills Nest for 2012 - 2013:

This is something I have wanted for years. Harrison Mills is the name of the community where we have our annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. The Chehalis - Harrison Flats is where the largest concentration of eagles has ever been recorded. Just beside this nest site is where in December of 2010 I individually counted 7,362 eagles -- with probably another 2,500 to 3,500 not viewable in the rivers' dips and hollows or on the other side of trees. This is also where we have the Chehalis underwater cam -- and as you might suspect this is where we have erected the Tower to house our 2 big HD PTZ cams for viewing the wintering eagles. Also nearby is where the Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge is preparing the Bald Eagle Cafe. Harrison Mills is the newly acclaimed Bald Eagle Capital of the World and we will be bringing so many elements of this biological wonder to you live.

For years I have wanted to have one of the local eagle nests support cams. But there was a problem. All the local nests, and there are about 7 within about a mile, have no easy power access. Sure we put the tower cams out but only when Dana of Four Stones kindly donated the very expensive Fuel Cell. Finally a nesting pair of eagles set up residence right on the 10th Green of the Sandpiper Golf Course. The owner, Betty Anne Falconer, and the Pretty Estates have long supported the Festival and now the family has said they wanted to fund these nest cams on the 10th Green. Wonderful but with a small concern on my part.

My concern is not that this nest is higher than any I have ever seen -- 172 feet up a huge Douglas Fir that then continues up another 50 plus feet. It is not that reaching it requires a 200 foot crane -- I love dangling in the canopy. My concern is that I have not witnessed this site fledge young. I and many others saw adults in the nest this spring and early summer. On several late summer trips however I did not see chicks. Of course they could easily be hidden. It is not an easy nest to view from the ground. My worry was that I did not see branchers jumping around the limbs in late summer. Again, they could have been there and missed. Let's hope so.

So you can understand my elation when the crane got me about 175 feet up and there in the nest was a dead 8.5 week old chick. This is probably the only time I rejoiced at seeing a dead eaglet. But this at least confirmed the activeness of the site. As we know chicks do die and we don't always get to know why. At the same time I was encouraged knowing that this nest is subject to the territorial owners, the eagle parents, having to put up with 5,000 to 10,000 eagles visiting their nesting territory during the salmon spawn. What a challenge this must present to them. To defend this territory against so many intruders would seem impossible. I so much look forward to this opportunity to view this pair and how they adapt to so many other eagles invading their territory.

The way the branches were located it only became possible to 'hang' cams, not place them on top of a limb above a nest, so we had to incorporate 2 HD PTZ cams in the tree. From the viewer's perspective it should be even more wonderful. Not just will we be able to see the nest life in detail, the surrounding perch and feeding trees, but off to the northeast is an incredible view of the Chehalis - Harrison Flats -- the sight where the world's largest gathering of bald eagles annually occurs. The site overlooks where our underwater cam views the spawning salmon and the Tower cams, but will also overview the upcoming Bald Eagle Cafe site -- quite an integrating image of this incredibly rich ecosystem.

Site Sponsorship: These nest cams and incredible installation have been funded by the Pretty Estates, operators of the host Sandpiper Golf Resort and the fine Rivers Edge Restaurant, by Shaw Cable for the outbound bandwidth, and of course the cams are maintained by our Foundation. Thanks again, Betty Anne.


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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Wednesday, October 12 2016 @ 02:25 PM EDT  
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Pictures with thanks to Karen B

Here's my pictures to complete David's report I posted above. All pics are clickable twice to see full screen size.

The 200 ft. crane.
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I had to walk back quite a way to get the full tree in camera view. This nest is 175 ft. high according to Larry's measurement gadget, much higher than 138 ft. as we had originally thought.
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More Pictures by Karen B


Pictures by JudyB ..taken at FF
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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Wednesday, October 12 2016 @ 02:26 PM EDT  
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Summary of the nesting seasons ..

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

The 2015 nesting season was wonderful..Mom Honeycomb laid two eggs and both hatched...... they were named Driver and Putter....The Honeycombs knew the area better and there was no shortage of food.....both chicks fledged successfully.....
You can read all about the 2015 nesting season here Harrison Mills 2015 nest season

2016 was another great season ~~ Mom laid two eggs again and both hatched,, they were named Sandy and Piper ..sadly Piper passed away at 3 days old and to Quote Judy B
There was no aggression any of us saw, he got to look around and see the world for a few days, and have a bit of fish, and is spending his final time curled up with Sandy and snuggled by Mom. I wish he didn't have to leave so soon - but if he must, this is not a bad way to go. lovesad


You can read all about 2016 Here


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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Thursday, October 13 2016 @ 07:03 PM EDT  
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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Thursday, October 13 2016 @ 07:04 PM EDT  
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Special Lady

Harrison Mills was honoured and indeed blessed when this eagle was seen sleeping on what is now the Honeycomb's nest... She was here or so we think for the salmon runs and needed a place to rest ! .. .. we soon found out she was a Special Lady... having lost a couple of toes on one foot and was limping .. She was an inspiration to all of us... we can all learn from her determination , strength and a desire to survive.. life in the wild isn't easy .. she was seen in 2012 and again in 2013 ..

We all hope to see her again but probably not since the Honeycombs scared her of their nest.. she left us all with a lasting impression of her and is in our thoughts and prayers and we all hope she has a nest and a mate and is doing well in her own territory..

Karen b saw an eagle sleeping in the nest ..on Oct 26, 2012 and all found it odd since eagles are usually perched in a tree except when they have eggs and chicks.. we now think that eagle was the special lady ...
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Thanks Karen for the s'cap..

The Special Lady
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and her foot
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Thanks Judy jkr for the s'caps .

November 14, 2012... The eagle with the deformed foot was first seen on this Nest Nov.14, 2012 at 6:24pm.. she spend the night and left the morning of Nov.15 at 7:34am.

STARTING HERE

Dec.1, 2012.. . Eagle with deformed foot seen on the nest at 3:11pm.. it was a wet and windy day..

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Special Lady showed up on the nest Nov. 29, 2013

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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Thursday, October 13 2016 @ 07:04 PM EDT  
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Frequently asked for links..


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


Excellent Article by Judy B.

Impact of Sibling Rivalry As Seen on Web Cams
Friday, January 31 2014 @ 07:20 PM AST
Contributed by: JudyB

HERE


Judy B's "The Story of the River " that she and her husband Charlie sang at FF 2015 and written by Judy B..
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The Story of the River by Judy B

ID of perches on the N and S Cams


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