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  Hastings Street/PNE Nest, Vancouver - 2015 - 2017
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By: gemini (offline) on Sunday, September 07 2014 @ 05:41 PM EDT (Read 51160 times)  
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Hastings St./PNE Nest

This is one of 19 nests that are monitored by the Stanley Park Ecological Society. Since both they, and several HWF members, visit this nest on occasion and take pictures, there will be various photographers contributing to the photos and comments in this thread.

As eagle territories go, this is a relatively new new territory, the first nest having been built in the 2007 season and producing only one fledgling from the two chicks that hatched. Global-TV did a story on this pair because they seemed to be so unique building their nest next to a busy parking lot right across from the PNE (Pacific Northwest Exhibition). Talk about urban eagles with children, adults, vehicles passing by constantly and noisy too!! They are not that far from the Burrard Inlet but actually need not go that far for branches and grasses and food as there is a big pond at the PNE in the sanctuary area that is close to the nest.

2008 was a better year for this pair as they successfully raised two fledglings. 2008/09 saw them successfully raise one fledgling, 2009/10 one, 2010/11 two, 2011/12 two, 2012/13 two and in 2013/14 there were three eaglets. Unfortunately the tree was partially destroyed during a windstorm and all three chicks eventually fell from what was left of the nest.

The youngest, the first to fall, did not survive the fall, the next two fell separately in the following days. Fortunately they were not injured and were rescued by The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society where they were placed with a foster "Mom," a female adult eagle named Curly, until they were ready for release. Read about their rescue HERE and HERE

Meanwhile, the parents having decided that they still quite liked the area, proceeded to build a new nest located right across the street from the old nest on the PNE grounds just east of the SW drive entrance on the north side of Hastings.

The eaglets recovered from their traumatic fall nicely and were released two months later in a park just a few blocks from their original nest and have since been observed hanging out with their parents in the new nest tree. Read observations and view photos of their release HERE.

Hopefully, the PNE pair will be back again this fall to claim their territory and we will once again enjoy this eagle family.

The 2014/15 season saw Ma and Pa Hastings return to their new nest to lay two eggs that successfully hatched. Unfortunately, once again there was a fierce wind storm on the early morning of June 12. Although the nest did not appear to be damaged at first, it was weakened to the point that four days later it fell to the ground. One eaglet succumbed immediately and a day later the second eaglet met the same fate. For details of the storm and following events please click HERE Ma and Pa Hastings hung around to defend their territory until migration time and were last reported seen on July 21.

The 2015/16 season began on Sept 26 when our Hastings pair were spotted perched in last year's nest tree by members Annemie and Steamer. In the first week of December the beginnings of a new nest was seen in the their old nest tree from the 2013/14 season..Both eagles were seen placing sticks on the nest as it began to take shape and grow in size.

Several members expressed doubt as to the stability of the foundation branches. However, the nest was completed and eggs were laid in March and incubation began. Unfortunately the doubts of our members came to fruition. The integrity of the major branch supporting the nest had been compromised having been previously damaged and it gave way under the weight of the nest destroying it and the egg(s) in the process just a day or two before hatching was due to take place. Once again Mom and Dad Hastings faced a disastrous nesting season.

The 2017 season brought Mom and Dad Hastings back to their territory where they built yet another nest. It looked for all intents and purposes to be substantial enough to raise a family. Eggs were laid and tweo eaglets hatched. They thrived under the care of their parents. One eaglet fledged and then disaster hit. The nest again collapsed before the second eaglet fledged leaving it stranded on a branch. Unfortunately, it didn't survive. It is unknown whether it fell from the branch or was a victim of predation.

Hopefully the 2018 season will be more successful.


The Hastings Nest discussion thread:

The 2016/2017 Season begins HERE

The 2015/2016 Season begins HERE

Observations, scaps and videos for the 2010-2014 seasons can be viewed HERE



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By: gemini (offline) on Sunday, September 07 2014 @ 05:59 PM EDT  
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This is a photo of Dad in his favorite perch tree overlooking the old nest. Due to the close proximity of the new nest to the old nest it is not unreasonable to think that he may just continue to use this as his main perch tree if they do indeed nest again in 2015. The tree has a clear view of the entire area and will overlook the new nest. .

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By: gemini (offline) on Sunday, September 07 2014 @ 05:59 PM EDT  
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By: Annemie (offline) on Tuesday, October 07 2014 @ 11:47 PM EDT  
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The 2014/2015 Season begins here

wave Hi all friends of the Hastings eagle.

I am happy to say that ma and pa Hastings have come home. WooHoo

I saw them both flying in from the North and doing a little dance over the Pacific Coliseum at Hastings park and then they flew to their nest. That was at about 5pm.
They looked well fed, healthy and happy.

I went to the nest just before dusk ( about 7pm ) because that when ma usually settles in for the night.
She was already there, sitting above the old nest, her favorite place.
This time tough she was sitting with her back to the parking lot facing the new nest and the park.

As I was walking home in the dark, I could hear ma's greeting call.
I guess dad must have joined her at that time. hug

Anyway happy happy happy happy. Cloud 9


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By: Marg (offline) on Tuesday, October 07 2014 @ 11:54 PM EDT  
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Annemie, so happy that Ma/Pa Hastings are home Cheers Clapping it must have been very exciting for you. Very Happy


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By: karenbills (offline) on Wednesday, October 08 2014 @ 01:57 AM EDT  
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Wonderful news, Annemie. So glad to hear that Ma and Pa PNE have returned safely.


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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Wednesday, October 08 2014 @ 10:28 AM EDT  
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Good MOrning and wonderful news Annemie........Big hugs so happy Ma and Pa are home.Clapping


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By: stim (offline) on Wednesday, October 08 2014 @ 12:12 PM EDT  
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Wonderful news Annemie! Did your personal eagle alarm snort to warn you to look to the sky? Wooh


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By: Annemie (offline) on Saturday, October 11 2014 @ 12:55 AM EDT  
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Wonderful news Annemie! Did your personal eagle alarm snort to warn you to look to the sky? Wooh




Hi Friends of the Hastings eagles.

First, I like to thank you Sharon for setting up this Forum for the next year.
I hope you had a nice holiday and it is nice to have you back. hug

Next, thank you Irish Eyes, Karen B., Marg and Sandra for celebrating with us the return of the Hastings eagles. That made me happy. hug

Sandra, yes my eagle alarm never fails me. Thank you for asking.
I happened to be outside already when the eagles arrived.



Two days ago, Oct. 9th I saw two eaglets flying over Hastings park.

( As I reported at the Lafarge site, a few day ago, 13 eaglets flew over Hastings park)

In the evening of Oct. 9th. at 7 pm, Stan and I went to the new nest.
When it was dark, ma or was it pa, came flying in and onto the new nest.
The eagle stayed there for about 8 seconds and then flew over to the old nest for the night.
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By: karenbills (offline) on Saturday, October 11 2014 @ 12:37 PM EDT  
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Thanks for your report, Annemie. I'm sure that Ma and Pa will continue to use their old nest tree as one of their favorite perches. They can certainly keep an eye on the new nest from there.


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By: Steamer (offline) on Saturday, October 18 2014 @ 10:13 PM EDT  
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Took a walk with Annemie over to the new nest location at 6 PM. When we got there we first saw one of the adults just up beside the new nest but then it quickly moved into the nest to start rearranging some branches. Not minute later the other adult appeared on the scene and landed in the nest, right behind the other eagle. Some more branch moving took place and what looked like Ma moved off and perched on the end of a large branch near the nest facing towards Hastings Street.

Was really great seeing them both at the new nest tonight and it looks promising folks this will indeed turn out to be their new home for the season ahead of us fingers crossed


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By: karenbills (offline) on Sunday, October 19 2014 @ 02:38 AM EDT  
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Yes, promising news indeed. Thanks, Stan and Annemie.


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By: stim (offline) on Sunday, October 19 2014 @ 01:03 PM EDT  
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Very satisfying and heart warming to see your couple at work. Cloud 9


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By: Annemie (offline) on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 07:12 PM EDT  
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Hi Sharon, Sandra, Karen, Irish Eyes, Marg, Shrub, Stan, Confusion Circle, Urban Eagle, Daybreak, Diana and all lovers of these eagles.

Ma and Pa Hastings are still home and fly to their new nest most every evening.
When Stan and I were at the new nest last Saturday, Dad had just arrived with a huge Stick.
Mom was sitting beside the nest, which was a smart move.
When Dad was finished placing the huge stick he went back to the old cottonwood and brought a very little stick.
It almost looked like a flower it was so small.

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We stayed but just a little time and saw dad make 4 trips to the old cottonwood to get new sticks.
The nest is already quite big but I think that dad wants to build a mansion.
I made some pictures with my 15 year old 100.00 Dollar camera.

Here is Hasting's dad at the old nest site to get a stick.
He is sitting right in the center of the picture.

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By: Annemie (offline) on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 07:15 PM EDT  
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Here is Dad bringing in a twig he got from the Cottonwood tree.
It seems like the whole nest is build from fresh branches off that tree.
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And here is the video where you can see dad at work.
If you watch closely you can see a twig in dad's talons.
If you don't listen closely you will still hear how noisy it is at the nest site, unreal that they chose to live there.
Of course the old nest site is just as noisy.

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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 08:09 PM EDT  
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HI Annemie ....... I am so happy that Ma and Pa are doing nestorations in their new nest.Bravo and Thank You for the scap and the video is awesome..........great footage........ that is a great camera too!


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By: Woodlands Bleu (offline) on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 10:51 PM EDT  
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Hi All!

Annemie....Great news about the new nest. It's amazing how eagles just forge on finding their way, isn't it?
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By: Steamer (offline) on Friday, October 24 2014 @ 04:47 PM EDT  
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1.15 PM Friday Oct.24th....

Both adults on perch just above the new nest. Both preening and looking pretty content Cool

Lots of fir branches down from the recent violent wind and rain storm but nothing on the ground from the new nest. In the 10x42 binoculars it looked in real good shape Left thumb up


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By: Annemie (offline) on Saturday, October 25 2014 @ 04:54 PM EDT  
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Hi All!

Annemie....Great news about the new nest. It's amazing how eagles just forge on finding their way, isn't it?
Hi to everyone who comes here.....
carolyn



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Thank you Carolyn and Irish Eyes for dropping in. Red Heart

Yes Carolyn all animals are amazing that way.
There are so many animals in our back yard, I feel like I am living in a zoo.
I have no idea where they are all sleeping, and how they find food to survive, here in this big city.

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By: gemini (offline) on Sunday, November 02 2014 @ 05:39 PM EST  
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Annemie and Stan showed me where to go to see the Hastings nest yesterday. (Thanks , Annemie and Stan!) I took a couple of pictures of the nest and perch trees. It looks pretty sturdy - as Annemie says, it's going to be a mansion!

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As viewed from the base of the new nest tree on the PNE grounds.
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By: stim (offline) on Sunday, November 02 2014 @ 05:45 PM EST  
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Wow, impressive! They have been busy! I hope there are sturdier branches under there than the one sticking out our way!


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By: Annemie (offline) on Monday, November 03 2014 @ 03:43 PM EST  
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Wow, impressive! They have been busy! I hope there are sturdier branches under there than the one sticking out our way!



Good Day Sharon, Sandra, Carolyn, Karen, Irish Eyes, Marg, Shrub, Stan, Confusion Circle, Urban Eagle, Daybreak, Diana and all lovers of these eagles.

Stim, I also hope that the branches under the nest are sturdier than the branch sticking out to the side.
Shrub's husband Steward spotted the new nest first.
The new nest was already half way constructed by then.
It was impossible at that time, to see the branches that the nest was sitting on.
The first time I saw the nest, I was already worried that the nest might be
to high up in the tree where all the branches look so skinny.
I believe that Karen might have shown or will show the nest to David.
They might know what is up with that.
We'll find out.
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By: karenbills (offline) on Monday, November 03 2014 @ 08:32 PM EST  
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That is such a good picture that Sharon posted so I sent it to David for viewing. Thanks, Sharon.


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By: Annemie (offline) on Tuesday, November 04 2014 @ 09:01 PM EST  
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Yes the pictures that Sharon makes are very good, thanks Sharon.

Karen, thanks for showing the nest picture to David and please let us know what he says.

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