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Live Broadcast from Roberts Bay, Sidney, BC Nest with Hawk in Eagle Nest

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David Hancock and Christian Sasse will be at the Roberts Bay nest, in Sidney, BC later this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Christian is asking people to subscribe to his YouTube channel SassePhoto and enable notifications by clicking on the 'bell' icon nest to the 'subscribe' option.

You can also see photos and videos in our forum thread for the Roberts Bay nest here:

I should add that I've had queries as to whether the hawklet is still in the nest.  The answer is that unless someone posts something in our forum or contacts us, we have no way of knowing.  Hancock Wildlife does not have a camera in this nest so we depend on observers to keep us informed.  The only local HWF members who live on the southern end of Vancouver Island live in Victoria so it's a good hour for them to get out to this nest.  David Hancock and Christian Sasse both live here on the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, BC.  We have to go over by ferry to view the nest and it's an all day trip, requiring sometimes for us to stay overnight.  So thanks for your understanding as to why we do not have round the clock reporting on this nest as we do on our HWF nests with cameras.

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Update: Bald Eaglets and Red-tailed Hawklet Share Same Nest in the Wild!

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What an unusual split family. Our Roberts Bay, Sidney, BC pair of bald eagles raises a young red-tailed hawk along with their three much faster growing and much larger eaglets.

The recent photos and videos posted to our forum from Lynda & Ian of three large eaglets about nine weeks old plus one 3 to 4 week old red-tailed hawklet in the same nest, and being very satisfactorily reared by the parent bald eagles, is quite extraordinary. However after spending the day at the site watching the six raptors interact so successfully then re-plotting the potential ages of the young raptors, and contemplating the options of how we got to today, begs some interesting thoughts.

First, this nest on the shores of the Saanich Peninsula historically has been a very successful nest, usually rearing three young, less frequently two and, like most eagles, even occasionally failing. In talking with the incredibly friendly and supportive neighbors who love 'their eagles', this nest tree has been occupied for more than 25 years. The surrounding harbors and huge areas of intertidal zone are incredibly productive. Many of the residents and fishermen that frequent the area speak of the eagles commonly taking ‘course fish’ – the undesirable by-catch thrown away by the fishermen. This pair of eagles not only lives in a subdivision on an incredibly busy fishing harbor, but they totally accept the closeness of residents, beach walkers, dogs and incessant boat traffic on the water and vehicles on the roads below. These are very successful urban eagles! I personally grew up a few miles to the south of this nest and knew of this and about five other nests in the adjacent area going back 60 years. This eagle territory was one of the first urban areas occupied by bald eagles that only 10 miles east on the nearby San Juan Island, Washington State, were not just being shot but were subject to a $2.00 bounty for their pair of legs. Yes, we humans have come a long way, with the eagles trying desperately to lead that way to cooperative sharing of the common habitat.

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Eagles Raising Red-Tailed Hawk

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Hancock here:
Wow, Lynda and Ian really captured a great moment at an incredibly successful bald eagle nest near Victoria, British Columbia, near to our famous Sidney Nest of yesteryear!  This well known nest is not just producing 3 huge eaglets this year but on the side, and hopefully not a side-order, the family is also raising a red-tail chick.

Link to forum thread for this nest:

View video of feeding here:

We have a record of this at one of the Tsawwassen Buff nests about 10 years ago. The landowner in front of the nest recorded the parents bringing in a 'dead' adult red-tail from the adjacent red-tail territory only about 200 meters away.  It was believed that the dead or dying red-tail laid the egg that in turn was incubated by the eagles, along with their own two eggs.  I thought this was probably so unusual an event I was telling .....

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Bald eagles face deadly threat from lead poisoning

Wildlife News1 June 2017

The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals. But one serious threat to the great raptor is lead Poisoning.

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Greenspace: Eagle Center celebrates bird’s big comeback

Wildlife News30 May 2017

WABASHA – Ten years ago, good news came down from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The bald eagle, a symbol of our nation, was off the endangered species list.

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