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 White Rock 2013 - Bald Eagle Cam
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By: SueD (offline) on Thursday, September 19 2013 @ 11:08 AM EDT  
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Hi, Annie!Byebye

Well, phooey on your electric company, LOL! And how did I miss the eagle? I guess I thought the camera was frozen, but in reality I can see some evergreen leaves/needles just barely moving in the breeze. So the wind must've really died down from the gusts I was seeing/hearing earlier.

8:09 a.m.: This is a new and different view (south PTZ cam)!
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Added 9:00 a.m.: On the wide-angle cam I saw a flock of dark birds (crows?) fly by along the shore, in the direction of the airport. At least a few of them landed in the big evergreen tree off on the distance. Then I may have seen an eagle (seemed to have a white head) flying in the same direction.
Added 9:11 a.m.: Zoomer is doing a bit of panning with the south PTZ cam.
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By: AnniesKatz (offline) on Thursday, September 19 2013 @ 12:29 PM EDT  
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9:18a - Sorry this is so blurry of the Heron but focus was giving me a hard time.
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Hi Sue, I saw the crows too. I put the cam down on the beach since we tend to see more
action down there.

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By: Jean (offline) on Thursday, September 19 2013 @ 02:22 PM EDT  
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11:20am................wave....Good morning Annie, Sue and all! It is pretty quiet here this morning. It is terrific that you saw an eagle on top of the nest tree this morning Annie! I am checking with our N. zoom to see if we can spot anything else of interest. At one point I could see something that may have been an eagle, but too far away to confirm. Here are some s'caps from my tour of the area.

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By: Jean (offline) on Thursday, September 19 2013 @ 02:24 PM EDT  
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11:24am................More s'caps.

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By: Jean (offline) on Thursday, September 19 2013 @ 02:27 PM EDT  
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11:25am..............And the last.

This is where I saw something that was flapping very large wings, like an eagle flies.............but too far away to confirm. It was taken through the Y branches of the nest tree to the north.
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By: davidh (offline) on Thursday, September 19 2013 @ 05:25 PM EDT  
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Hancock here: Wow -- the White Rock Nest is again The News!
Is the appearance of a female in the WR nest indicative of the eagles' early return from migration or a passing bird?

This adult, so well captured on video by Annie on Sept. 18, shows the bird at ease and eating vigorously in the White Rock nest. I could not see a close up of the fish species to identify the food item but perhaps someone did get a close up?

The interesting question is, that will possibly be answered over the next few weeks, is this adult the resident from last summer, the previous seasons or another passing bird just seeking out a fine obviously safe feeding location? Of course one could even ask: Which of the known five different females that for a time occupied the White Rock nest last season is it? Most likely, we would be expecting the pair that occupied the territory late in the season to be the returning pair.

It will also be interesting to note if she, and it does look like a female, has a mate showing up in the near future or will she take on one as the season progresses? If only we had marked birds so we knew for sure.

I consider this line of beachfront overlooking this eastern shoreline of Boundary Bay to be the best bald eagle habitat in the world. As some of you will recall, this past 2012-2013 nesting season we had 59 or 60 active nest territories in Delta, 29 in Surrey and about 6 in Pt Roberts in Washington State, the 3 political jurisdictions surrounding Boundary Bay. Those are just the nests I have located and numbered. I suspect there are well over 100 active pairs that could spend part of their day or week hunting Boundary Bay.

On top of these nesting eagles we can easily have 1000 to 2500 more non-breeding eagles utilizing these waterways of Boundary Bay, across the farm and urban areas and various landfills westward to the Roberts Bank shorelines throughout the winter and spring. This little southeast corner of the Fraser Valley, basically the cities of Surrey and Delta, are the heartland for eagles.

We certainly have a few very small creeks, many with small runs of salmon whose spawned out carcasses become available through winter, but the big food source are the road kills, hunter wounded and dying waterfowl and shorebirds, and I suspect that the peregrine falcon leftovers are as significant here as they are in the downtown areas. Since we have been running the live streaming cams that offer the intimate view of what the eagles bring to the nest, it is apparent that seasonally the midshipman are one of the most important fish species during the spring and early summer to eagles sharing the shores of Boundary Bay. Similarly voles, to me an unexpected quarry, is incredibly important across the flatlands and blueberry croplands, as is the rat to the more downtown or urban areas.

The interesting missing food supply, at least only randomly and very rarely seen, are sea ducks. I assumed, with some of our cams actually viewing down into the shallows where sea ducks are visible, that more of them would have been coming into the nests as food. Perhaps they are too heavy to carry or too much work to catch when midshipmen as so easily available.

So our 2013 - 2014 season has begun -- welcome! Our next big event after the arrival of all the pairs, will be the huge gathering of eagles along our spawning salmon streams. But much more on that to come. Our Chehalis Flats tower cams will be reinstalled in about two weeks -- as the water levels recede.

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By: AnniesKatz (offline) on Thursday, September 19 2013 @ 07:44 PM EDT  
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Thank you David! It is always such a pleasure to read your perspective and thoughtful evaluation of events here. We learn so much from you. I wanted it to be Mom but posted that I can't be sure. When I was able to take a closer look at my video, I think that may have been a Vole. I'm sorry I didn't zoom in on it when she first arrived. It seemed to me that it was furry. It could have also been part of a furry roadkill.


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By: AnniesKatz (offline) on Thursday, September 19 2013 @ 07:51 PM EDT  
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4:48p - No visits today but looks like some fuzz or maybe downy feather caught
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