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Eagle Nest Cam Installation Question

Question from Gretchen Butler, Flagler County, Florida:

Can you tell me the percentage of abandonment by the resident eagles once a camera is installed?

Great question.  The answer is not so easily determined or perhaps going to provide the info you wish because of the way you framed the question. I don't think cams are a potential problem -- cam installers can be.

1)  I see "no evidence" of the existence of a cam per se in the nest as a detriment to the eagles.

2)  I see 100% abandonment of all nests when a human has been seen in the nest by the eagle.  In many of these cases the reason for the human in the nest was to place a cam, collect samples, band or rescue the young.  To me the problem is that the eagle has seen someone in that "inviolate area" -- the eagle nest.  If the human intrusion was before egg laying or during incubation the eagles simply did not return -- ever.  The nest was immediately abandoned. Most have been seen re-nesting in the territory but in a different tree and nest.   This is not acceptable when I have to guarantee to the property owners that our cams or their placements "won't disturb those particular eagles".

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Note on the presence of someone special - Tess Tessier, "Grandma Tess"

Few people exude the spirit and the actual human output equal to what they espouse. My long time friend, Grandma Tess, exceeded anyone's expectations. Tess was and will remain a spiritual connection to everyone who ever met her. She tramped the arctic wilderness with a dozen rag-tag dogs into every native village and school, drove her great purple bus across continents time and again to talk with kids and teachers, communicated with eagles, white spirit bears and Eskimos like nobody else. She lived the message of peace, sharing and caring. Tess invigorated everybody she met and, if you weren't careful, you too would be caught up in the 'world's cause of goodness' that she spread everywhere. She made living a great experience.

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Re: White Rock Eagles

RE White Rock: From the beginning I see the female eagle as different than last year.  She arrived on a different day, and has not laid on the same date.  She looks a totally different bird to me!!  Because eagles are driven by the light cycle and not by temp or weather, they are creatures of habit -- the light cycle drives that habit or periodicity.  Many migratory birds that have to arrive at the "variable moment" that the arctic opens up and reveals their "pond" have to be fine tuned by the local weather.  Not so with eagles.  We see them laying eggs, incubating etc. under a late snow fall.  The light drives their cycle and a little storm is not getting in the road of day-length! 

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David Hancock Louisiana Report March, 2013

Our Louisiana trip in review:

Wow wow wow  -- what a wondrous trip, Mary & I were welcomed by all and there is so much to see in Louisiana.

The flight down was very exciting but relatively uneventful except the landing.  The planes were on time and the only excitement was the New Orleans arrival --- in the middle of a thunder storm.  Well not quite the middle but our “final approach” to landing was accompanied by thunder bolts dancing right beside the aircraft – within the airport perimeter.  We were the last aircraft to land for nearly two hours. They got us off the plane but apparently the thunder cell moved directly over the airport and prevented other aircraft on final from landing.  Furthermore the ground crews were not allowed to approach the grounded aircraft -- I suspect for danger of the aircraft or the workers being struck and blowing up.  We had to wait two hours for the thunder cell to pass -- and our luggage to get off the plane!  A small inconvenience for us but apparently we brought the next two weeks of sunny but chilly weather -- perfect getting around and birding days. Louisiana had six nights of freezing -- our Vancouver area - one!

This trip was thankfully a week after Mardi Gras as Mary and I don’t like noisy crowds.  However we enjoyed New Orleans and a journey through Bourbon Street and some fine blues and Zydeco music in the French Quarter. 


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The Story of the PMV (Port Metro Vancouver) Esplanade Eagles

The development of the North Shore Harbor, known as the Lower Road & Spirit Trail Development, has been the home of a pair of territorial bald eagles for at least 5 years. The pair reportedly tried twice to nest on an old crane that is slated for re-building - this did not work. Then in the spring of 2011 they built a nest in a cottonwood tree above the Esplanade road but did not succeed in raising young in 2011. Reported during the winter of 2011, much of the nest blew down. Then they again came back in the fall of 2011 and were seen on their favorite cranes beside the water’s edge and occasionally in or near the nest tree. Then I was about to get involved!


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