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By: heatherj (offline) on Tuesday, February 07 2017 @ 12:55 AM EST (Read 261 times)  
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Welcome to the Wilson Creek nest thread.

If you visit the Wilson Creek nest you are welcome to post comments and pictures here.

The nest is located on private property on the south side of the Sunshine Coast Highway near the intersection with Field Rd. If you visit the nest please respect the privacy of the owners. The nest can be seen from the opposite side of the highway on the grass verge just below the campground, on the Roberts Creek side of the campground sign. But its not a very comfortable place to stand for long periods due to the traffic Smile The nest can definitely be seen from the highway during the winter but once the trees leaf out in the summer I am not sure whether it will still be visible - TBD.

The nest is new to the forum in 2017 but it was occupied in 2015 (1 eaglet ) and 2016 ((possibly 1 eaglet) and possibly longer. The eagles are often seen flying above and around the Wilson Creek plaza area and I have seen border disputes with the eagles of the Field Rd nest.

The peek-a-boo picture of Ma and Pa was an extreme long distance shot taken with a big lens from near the Field Rd nest and is extremely cropped.

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By: Marg (offline) on Tuesday, February 07 2017 @ 11:33 AM EST  
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Thank you Heather for opening this new thread. We have seen eagles flying over this area for many years and flying over the area near the Canadian Tire store where we've sometimes seen them perched in the trees.

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By: stim (offline) on Tuesday, February 07 2017 @ 02:34 PM EST  
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With the nest tree pinned as it is now perhaps I'll be able to see this nest! Thank you for opening the thread Heather!


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By: heatherj (offline) on Monday, March 13 2017 @ 01:39 AM EDT  
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I was sitting at the Strait Cafe in WIlson Creek on Friday and was quite pleased to see an adult bald eagle circling overhead near the nest tree. My kind of eagle spotting! Smile


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By: Marg (offline) on Monday, March 13 2017 @ 11:51 AM EDT  
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Yes, we often see eagles circling or flying over in that area especially when we go to Strait Coffee.


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By: stim (offline) on Sunday, March 19 2017 @ 08:41 PM EDT  
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I stopped today to try to find the Wilson Creek nest. On parking in the plaza parking lot I could see an adult eagle circle and fly low behind the buildings towards where you've pinned the nest tree on the map above. With camera ready to raise, I started up the highway past the campground but could not find the nest tree. Sun being at an angle shining right in my eyes was of no help. Wink
I decided to go onto the higher ground up the driveway to the campground where a gentleman coming out of the building asked if he could help me. I asked if he could show me the local eagles' nest so he pointed to a tree behind the campground building on their side of the highway, insisting the nest was at the very top of the tree. I admit, the shape of the greenery could be mistaken possibly for a nest but on enlarging and cropping the pictures, no nest is seen. Perhaps it is simply a perch tree.
Then I asked if he knows where the nest across the highway is. He pointed into the area you've pinned Heather, to a tree bare part way down but once again, with no nest I could find. He claimed there is a different pair of eagles in each nest. Sure enough circling of 2 eagles was happening over each area. Perhaps the Field and Wilson Creek couples?
On returning to the parking lot I could see 2 eagles flying towards another couple calling, with a third adult flying behind and calling as well. So we had 3 adults escorting the other couple away from the trees where the nest is.

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This will mean another attempt soon at a different time of day without sun causing such a problem. Cool


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By: Marg (offline) on Sunday, March 19 2017 @ 09:02 PM EDT  
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I was at Wilson Creek plaza yesterday and saw 2 eagles flying in formation off Field Rd. just beyond Strait Coffee around 11:30a.m. (I was having lunch) and around 12 noon I could see an eagle circling over the water looking for lunch.


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By: heatherj (offline) on Sunday, March 19 2017 @ 11:07 PM EDT  
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Well done Sandra for getting down to the campground to try to see and get a photo of the nest Smile . I have been trying to get down there for a while and with the trees starting to bud, the window of opportunity is getting smaller!

This nest was located by Angela and I don't recall her mentioning another nest on the campground side of the highway. They would be very close together though perhaps it was an old nest tree? Or as you say a perch tree.

This nest is registered with the Wildlife Tree Stewardship project so I checked their site to see if they had a photo but unfortunately they don't. I should have some time this week to get down there and try for a nest photo. Soon it could be too late!

I was working in our veggie garden today and did see quite a few eagles circling above us and to the south so perhaps they were the same eagles that you both saw?



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