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1 - eaglets are named by the homeowners, based on a phonetic alphabet; we've occasionally added nicknames
2 - we did not have a camera on this nest in 2010, but observers reported that two chicks fledged successfully
3 - as the eagles aren't banded, we don't know if the one seen October 8 and a few times afterwards was one of the resident pair
4 - we think the eagles that returned in October 2012 were the resident pair, and we believe at some point in the fall, a different pair took over the nest; they laid two eggs in March 2013, but left them untended for long periods of time in the cold, rain and wind so they were not viable, and they were eventually predated by two different young eagles (on April 28 and May 8); David Hancock shared his thoughts on all this here - A Different Year
5 - there were earlier visits to the nest by an adult (Sept 16 and Sept 30), but no proof it was one of the resident pair
6 - one egg broke April 2; the timing of the hatching suggests it was the third egg that broke; observers didn't notice any accidental damage, but it may have been bumped, or there may have been a problem with the egg
On a private portion of the White Rock bluff overlooking Boundary Bay is a small grove of evergreens. One tree, only about 100 feet from the back porch of the home, has an eagle nest in it. The owners have donated the installation of three pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras for us to watch this active eagle nest - a close-up cam looking down into the nest, a wide-angle cam in a neighboring tree that provides a spectacular view of Boundary Bay (and of young eagles learning to branch), and a territory cam that shows more of the area around the nest.
This nest was built in November of 2009 after the pair's original nest, 500 yards north of this site, was disturbed by construction. Two chicks were successfully raised to fledging in summer of 2010, 2011 and 2012. We think a different pair tried to nest here in 2013, but they weren't as experienced and their eggs failed to hatch. As none of the eagles are banded, it's impossible to know if that pair was more mature in 2014 - or if the original pair returned - but either way, the nesting pair successfully fledged two chicks in 2014.
Note that the infrared lights installed in the nest cannot be seen by the eagles, only by the cameras.
Hi All: Hancock here. The White Rock nest fell. It finally happened and what a great fortuitous way it did fail -- no bird was hurt or is in danger and nobody on the ground was hurt. Wow. Great to see the two step process of the downfall: 1:20 PM and 3:05 PM yesterday.
I have been following this White Rock pair for about 19 years in several different nests -- all of which I believe relate to the same territory -- now called the White Rock pair. This pair have had to work hard to hold onto one of the world's best chunks of bald eagle habitat -- a good home site overlooking the most productive waterway on the continent does not come without effort -- or costs. Obviously the competition for this space is great (a different pair occupies about every half mile of cliffs/shoreline overlooking Boundary Bay) and, in this case as we saw the last couple of years, this competition is not just between a lot of other eagles wanting to take over your territory. It is also competition for the very space occupied by the tree so another million dollar house can be erected.
The Lower Mainland is the bald eagle capital of the world according to biologist and conservationist David Hancock, and the Semiahmoo and Boundary Bays in particular are ideal nesting grounds for the birds.
While you may be able to spot these graceful birds in the sky or perched at the top of a tree, there’s nothing like seeing them up close – and the eagle cameras on the Hancock Wildlife Foundation website allows one to do so.
Read the rest of the story here, including David Hancock's interview:
The Lower Mainland of BC, or better known as Greater Vancouver, is the Bald Eagle Capitol of the World. White Rock is part of that great re-conquering of the area by its greatest avian predator - the bald eagle. Additionally White Rock sits between the two greatest natural areas of eagle habitat, the intertidal flats of Boundary Bay and Semiahmoo Bay. If our City by the Sea had not gone through such a "scorched tree policy" these past years, many more pairs of eagles would be nesting in our City. As it is, exclusive of the First Nations property, I only know of one actual pair nesting in the city area and that is near our western border.
What a difference a year makes. All fall, winter and now spring has seen a series of disastrous happenings at the White Rock nest. The big contrast is between the incredible cooperative effort the White Rock pair has exhibited during the past 3 seasons and this year. Each year the pair returned from migration in the same week in early October, then so cooperatively building the nest, even if Dad had to be repeatedly corrected on the way he placed branches and then with Ma laying her first egg on March 13 for the last 2 years we have had the cams running. Their consistency has been so precise -- or coincidental! Then comes 2013!
My interpretation of the White Rock pair's 2012 return -- but largely from comments from Christian, Tina and Karen.
Our daily observations from cams, but particularly our direct contact with the birds, is always exciting and always leading to new insights. As one insight blossoms into conclusions the birds as quickly dispel or redefine these in a different context.
Two nights ago I was reviewing the White Rock pairs return – or their "not return"—depending upon your perspective. The observations by our viewers of what was happening at the White Rock site was quite exciting and yet somewhat contradictory. Were we seeing Ma and Pa or some intruders? Last year the male or both birds returned October 7th or 8th. So this year on October 3 at 5:57 p.m. when adults were seen back in the nest the obvious conclusion was that this pair, like so many, were returning earlier this year. Then observations started to sound conflicting.