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Eagle/Heron/Crow/Gull Interaction

The following questions were sent to David Hancock from Chris Rickwood:

I’ve just seen a spectacular wildlife event.  It was about 2pm on Tuesday 2008-Jul-08 on White Rock’s East Beach.  I heard a bird at the edge of the water giving a loud cry which sounded like “craaak”.  The bird was a blue heron.  It was being attacked by a bald eagle.  The heron flew along the coast for a short distance and then it seemed to have found a thermal.  It started circling upwards with the eagle following.  By this time, two other birds had joined the fray.  One was a crow and the other was a gull.  Both the crow and the gull started harassing the eagle.  They buzzed it but didn’t seem to make actual contact.  (The eagle completely ignored them.)  The heron kept rising in the thermal and slowly the eagle fell behind.  Eventually the eagle gave up the chase and the crow and the gull flew away.

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Eagle wounded by poacher Gets New Beak

Photo by Young Kwak/AP

ST. MARIES, Idaho — More than three years after a poacher shot off her upper beak, a bald eagle named Beauty can finally live up to her name — with the help of volunteers.
A team attached an artificial beak to the 15-pound eagle in mid-May, improving her appearance and, more importantly, helping her grasp food.
"She's got a grill," joked Nate Calvin, the Boise engineer who spent 200 hours designing the complex beak.
The "grill" was exposed when a bit of the synthetic beak broke off during application. But the new beak is only a temporary fix, designed to nail down precise measurements.



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Donations to Specific Projects - 2008

Wildlife NewsHere is the breakdown of donations received to date:

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Saanich home to five eagle nests

Wildlife NewsSaanich home to five eagle nests
Saanich News also appeared in Oakbay News
June 13, 2008

Sam VanSchie
News staff

Three pairs of bald eagles are raising their young in Oak Bay nests this spring, while neighbouring Saanich has five active nests.

This is a high number for urban settings, especially because the birds protect their large hunting territories from other eagle families.

"It would suggest there is a good food supply in the area," said Gwen Greenwood the volunteer coordinator at Wildlife Trees Stewardship Program. "There are more (eagles) nesting in the area than in previous years, for sure."

Eagles are opportunistic carnivores, they eat fish and smaller birds, such as sea gulls, as well as rodents, including rabbits and rats.

"They adapt pretty well to an urban setting,” explained Greenwood, who has been researching eagles in southern B.C. for eight years on behalf of the organization that helps protect eagle habitat.

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Urban Eagle SightingsFROM 'VICTORIA NEWS'
Urban eagles June 12, 2008

It’s not uncommon for eagles to go for years without producing any young, such is the case for eagle pairs in Victoria and Esquimalt. File photo

While Victoria and Esquimalt have a single bald eagle nest each, neither mating pair that inhabit the nests have successfully reproduced since 2004.

There are many reasons why the birds, who share a nest with their life-long mate, wouldn’t have any eggs hatch. They might be too old or under nourished. Or there may be some human-made factor, such as pesticides damaging their eggs or nest disturbances.

Gwen Greenwood, volunteer coordinator for the Wildlife Trees Stewardship Program, said somebody would have to monitoring the nests quite closely to know the exact reason they haven’t been productive, and they’d rather not disturb the birds.


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