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Keeping your Feeders Full!

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Comment from David Hancock re Wintering Hummers and Feeders.


Hancock here: Nature's creatures never stop amazing me, be it the rearing of 2 eaglets by our Delta2 Ma who had her leg snapped in half just as the mating season was starting, or the current attached note on Hummingbirds, now advertised winter residents of the Lower Mainland.

Sure we have seen them wintering here sporadically for years but I had not expected to see someone say not to worry about removing their feeders in late summer so we don't interfere with their southern migration. That migration is apparently only for the Rufous Hummingbird and some of the Anna's. The rest of the Anna's are now regular winter residents.

So is this largely a followup to climate change or something else. I suspect the former as far as the big picture is concerned. A few years ago I saw an Anna's choose a night perch over the White Rock cliffs, the minute bird perched on a 3 inch branch directly over a running drainage pipe that constantly oozed "warm water" and warm vapour that kept the little hummer warm through the night. Many observers have also seen how this little bird will select a small microhabitat high in the dormer of a peaked roof where warm air oozes out from the house to give the bird the needed warmth.

I guess my biggest concern is that in spite of many hummers finding food in greenhouses that generally they are dependent upon a constantly provided food supply from human provided feeders. So please keep up the supply, the cleaning of those feeders and arrange some nearby alternative feeder, like you do for your cat or dog, when you go south.


Read "Keep your Feeders Full"  from Wildbirds Unlimited


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INVITE to Hancock’s Open House – Our FledgeFest: July 13, 2014

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INVITE to Hancock’s Open House – Our FledgeFest 2014:  Sunday, July 13

The Hancocks and their Sandhill Cranes etc. welcome friends to our home:

"Open House -- Open Fields - Afternoon Appys” -- 3 to 7 pm, July 13, 2014”

We welcome all our HWF, eagle and biology friends. Mary and I extend this invitation to our annual Open House -- or FledgeFest 2014, July 13, Sunday 3 to 7PM.

Our party is simply an opportunity for Mary and I and the Hancock Wildlife Foundation to personally say, "Hi, welcome and thanks for your interest and support." Very few of the hosts bite - severely! Not to sound morbid but having gotten this old I want to make sure we celebrate our friends and supporters while I/we am/are still here.

We call this an Open House or FledgeFest 2014 as it is timed to coincide with our eaglets fledging in all of our nests, not just one in particular. In the morning of the 13th I will be taking those who wish to a series of the local eagle nests to view some of our eagles more closely. Please indicate to Karen if you wish to go in a car caravan to some of the eagle nests.

OPEN INVITATION: Again, this invite is to all our HWF friends, mutual supporters, people we know personally and those who just occasionally watch our cams or “lurk” on our forums or are associated with any of the conservation projects so dear to my heart. All are welcome. If you know us or our eagles from our website or other sites, associated TV or community projects, we want you here to celebrate life. We understand a few people from considerable distance will be in our area during that time and we especially hope to meet and share these visitors with our local supporters.

To help Mary our Foundation Directors, Susan Muraja & Rosana Inacio (soon-to-be-Sasse!), and my hard-working Project Coordinator, Karen Bills, will be on hand. Other helpers will be appreciated if the weather fails us. Mary and David will provide food and drink. Susan and Karen have convinced us to gladly accept locals bringing additional plates of “finger food” and/or their drinks so we greatly appreciate that contribution. The RSVP is very important as we need to know how many are coming and who is bringing what.  Will there be 25 or 125 guests? Please notify Karen at to be put on the guest list.

Thanks and we look forward to greeting old and meeting new friends.

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Parksville eagles engage in unusual method for setting up a 'household'

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Neil Dawe / Special To The Daily News
June 12, 2014 12:00 AM

There's an unusual menage a trois within Parksville city limits. A trio of bald eagles has set up its household and is in the midst of rearing two young. 

I first noticed this arrangement while keeping an eye on a pair of Bald eagles at their nest. On one occasion, a third adult eagle flew in and perched on a snag, about 250 metres away from the nest. The nesting pair made no fuss.

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Note from Hancock Wildlife Foundation:  We also observed a pair of females with a male helping to raise chicks down in California on one of the Channel Islands a few years ago.


Neil Dawe / Special To The Daily News
June 12, 2014 12:00 AM - See more at:
There's an unusual ménage à trois within Parksville city limits. A trio of Bald eagles has set up its household and is in the midst of rearing two young. - See more at:
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Season of the Eagles and Salmon

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Season of the Eagles & Salmon

Harrison Mills is not just the Home of the world’s largest wintering population of Bald Eagles and the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival but, due to popular demand, the entire fall salmon spawning & eagle feasting have been expanded and given the name of the “The Season of the Eagles & Salmon”. Now 3 separate weekends are devoted to honoring this wildlife phenomena as follows:
The Season of the Eagles & Salmon: at Harrison Mills - Bald Eagle Wintering Capital of the World.
1st Weekend: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: Nov. 15 – 16 2014
2nd Weekend: Sts’ailes Salmon Festival: Nov. 22 – 23 2014
3rd Weekend: Pretty Estates Festival – Photo Contests: Nov. 29 – 30 2014
Bald Eagles continue to feast along the Chehalis – Harrison Rivers at Harrison Mills during the rest of the winter as long as the spawned out salmon carcasses are available into the new year. However the peak viewing for both feasting eagles and spawning salmon is during November and December. See map for viewing sites at Harrison Mills.

For details on the full schedule of events for the Season of the Eagles & Salmon see: ... -schedule/

The Season of the Eagles & Salmon events are coordinated by several community groups:
Hancock Wildlife Foundation:
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival:
Sts’ailes First Nations:
Harrison Salmon Stronghold: ... stronghold
Pretty Estates:
Kilby Historic Site:
Harrison Mills Regional Association:

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