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FledgeFest draws worldwide visitors

Victoria/Sidney Nest


By Christine van Reeuwyk - Peninsula News Review

Published: July 13, 2011 1:00 AM

Updated: July 13, 2011 2:53 PM

The population of people exploded on one West Saanich Road bend last week as eagle watchers celebrated FledgeFest.

“Each year we meet at the south fence … to watch the Sidney eaglets take their first flights,” said Karen Bills, of Hancock Wildlife Foundation which created the Peninsula’s most-watched online reality show. On July 7, the municipally-owned green space adjacent to Patricia Bay quickly filled as more than 30 people, carrying cameras and binoculars, gathered to watch Ma and Pa Sidney and their trio of eaglets. It was the day the eldest, Flyer, turned 12 weeks old, the usual age for fledging or taking flight for the first time. FledgeFest folks travelled from as far away as Germany and England, and as nearby as Victoria and Campbell River.

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