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 2017 - Channel Islands Nesting Season
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By: Debs (offline) on Saturday, February 04 2017 @ 11:44 AM EST  
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View of the Two Harbors and West End nests.
Adult is parked on the lower peak looks like Thunder.
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By: Debs (offline) on Saturday, February 04 2017 @ 01:06 PM EST  
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By: Debs (offline) on Saturday, February 04 2017 @ 01:09 PM EST  
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Two Harbors pair is perched right now ... off the nest.
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One adult is at the WE nest.
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By: Debs (offline) on Tuesday, February 07 2017 @ 09:51 AM EST  
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Feb 7 2017 - Sauces Update

From joy to heartbreak again ....

Sauces lost their third egg yesterday shortly after it was laid. I was watching while doing paperwork at work it was heartbreaking to see her loose her third egg.

Mom cared for her egg carefully ... she did everything right with regards to nuturing the egg ... the loss of the third egg is highly suggestive that the egg shells are thin or defective in some way ... chemical contamination seems likely although there is no proof to support it. Dr. Sharpe mentioned earlier that in order to determine cause they would have to test the contents of the egg, which was consumed.

I suppose Mom could be sick too ... her health would likely affect the wellness of her eggs although she shows no distress at all ... quite the contrary she looks well. After her loss Mom stayed close to the nest for some time incubating the egg shells and perching off the nest then returning to the nest ... While perched on a snag near the nest Dad joined her there and at times she appeared to be crying out perhaps her way of telling Dad of their loss ... it really tugs at your heart to observe these birds behavior after a loss. At night fall Momma Sauces was still on her nest mourning her loss sad

I did some video footage but it i left it unedited at work ... these majestic birds do feel things at least that is how i interpret their behavior.

It is possible that we could see a second clutch at the Sauces nest but that depends on Mom`s health yet i wonder if the result would be any different.

A sad day for all the Sauces family ... Mom, Dad and all the family that follow this beautiful pair hugs to you all!

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By: Debs (offline) on Tuesday, February 07 2017 @ 10:16 AM EST  
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Sauces nest is MT.

One adult is on the WE nest think it
is Superman.


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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, February 09 2017 @ 06:08 PM EST  
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Momma Sauces laid her 4th egg today and it broke shortly afterwards ... such heartbreak for this pair sadCry


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By: JudyB (offline) on Thursday, February 09 2017 @ 07:11 PM EST  
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Such sad, sad news. She's such a strong Mom in so many ways - I had hoped that the DDE levels were low enough now on the islands to not be a factor, but perhaps there are still pockets where the level is higher - or, heaven forbid, some of the far too many barrels that were dumped years ago are starting to leak (which I would have thought also happened years ago - metal doesn't do well in salt water - but who knows).

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By: Debs (offline) on Friday, February 10 2017 @ 01:52 AM EST  
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Judyb thanks and thanks for dropping in hug I have long wondered about chemical contamination too and now i wonder if it is possible to have contamination coming from the disaster that occurred in China. There are some pretty nasty chemicals out there and it could be anything i guess! I hope Dr. Sharpe finds a way to investigate this but i know it was the contents of the eggs that would provide the best clues.

I hope whatever it is ... does not have a long term affect on this pair!

I was so happy today to see Mom lay the fourth egg today and then heartbreak followed so not fair!!! Definitely something wrong with the shells! It took all night but i edited some clips from today.

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