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Urban Eagles in the News

This is a Topic on Urban Eagles in the news.

Somewhere we can report on Urban Eagle sightings, and any news reports that describe the extra challenge to eagles who live in built up areas – on man made structures – in an industrial environment!

As the Stanley Park Ecology Society said:

“Commonly thought of as a primarily fish-eating species, our local eagles seem to have specialized in hunting birds. Gulls , crows, ducks and other species are all commonly eaten by Vancouver eagles, as well as fish and scavenged items usually found along the seashore.

Vancouver eagles nest in large trees in parks, backyards, parking lots and even in one industrial site.

These often public and noisy sites have been chosen by these large predators as a home base for most of the year, and as nurseries to raise their chicks through the spring and summer.”

Some of these nests have cameras – Lefarge, for instance – so we want to hear from other North American Urban Eagles.

If you come across an eagle – or it's nest – or you see an interesting report in the news – bring it here so we can keep up a referenced report on them.

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Live Eagle Cam offers online look at nests

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 Biologist shares his love of majestic birds via web

David Hancock, who has been studying bald eagles for over 50 years, is continuing to reach out to the world in a tech-savvy way. And right now might just be the most exciting time to "tune in" all year.

Hancock initiated his Live Eagle Cam project about six years ago when he installed a camera in a tree in Sidney, outside of Victoria, that held refuge to a young eagle pair.

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Eagles haunt the dump after chum run fails

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There is little food around for bald eagles this year, and they are getting desperate


Starving bald eagles, desperate to find food after a failed southern B.C. chum salmon run, are gathering in record numbers at the Vancouver landfill, says eagle expert David Hancock.

The wildlife biologist earlier this month counted nearly 1,400 eagles -triple the usual number at this time of year -at one time at the landfill, located in Delta.

"The chum salmon didn't come in and with no other major concentration of food they are gathering everywhere and many are starving," said Hancock.

He said a world record was set in mid-December when 7,200 eagles were spotted on the Chehalis River, which flows into the Harrison River. Hancock said that 10 days after the raptors finished feeding off salmon carcasses, only 345 eagles were spotted on the river.

"They had to go somewhere. They're incredibly mobile -can move 500 to 1,000 miles a day. They're forced to go where they can find food."

He said young eagles are essentially scavengers because it takes them two to three years to learn how to hunt. Many rely on dead salmon and swarming masses of herring.

"To catch a specific fish or duck, that comes later, and is a developed skill."

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Eagle in Central Park, Burnaby, January 17, 2011

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Report and Photos by Chris Murphy

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The eagle was sighted several times over central park. He (or she) was seen twice in the area indicated in red. When it was sighted for the photo shown, it flew into the red zone -- went right in behind the trees. I had previously walked that area, but could not see any signs of a nest

Anyway, the duck pond is very close and will likely serve as a supermarket.





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Eagle influx a sign of too few salmon

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David Hancock watched as a seagull nabbed a juicy glop of food from the Vancouver Landfill and tried to flap away with it.

Ten eagles dove on the gull, which dropped the morsel nearly on his windshield.

A great flurry of wings swarmed Hancock's car in the ensuing food fight – one that was being replicated all over the landfill Monday.

"They're all here because there's 50,000 gulls eating garbage," the wildlife biologist explains. "As soon as a gull grabs a piece of garbage that's too big to swallow immediately, there's five eagles hassling him."

Hancock, who runs eagle webcams on his website, says the spectacular scene is not a happy one.

Thousands of eagles have descended on the Fraser Valley this winter in a desperate search for food after the coastal streams where they usually feed yielded disastrously poor chum salmon runs.

The birds that often congregate in areas like Brackendale are instead ranging further inland because the chum came back poorly and this is not a year with any significant number of pink salmon returning.

As a result, nearly 7,500 eagles flocked last month to the Chehalis River near Harrison Hot Springs, where more coho salmon had been spawning.

And Hancock estimated nearly 1,000 eagles were near the Vancouver Landfill in Delta from Boundary Bay to Burns Bog Monday.

"We've got pushing pretty close to a thousand birds at the dump," he said.


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Eagles Congregating at Dump to find Food

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Bald eagles nesting in Ed Smith Stadium lights

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Birds are watching over the construction at Ed Smith Stadium, but they aren't orioles.

Two American bald eagles have made their home in the right field lights of the stadium, more than a hundred feet above the field -- but close enough to cause problems for the Baltimore Orioles.

The feathered couple have construction crews, the county and team officials concerned because of state and federal laws that prohibit disturbing the national bird.

The $24 million renovation of the stadium -- part of a $31.2 million deal the county struck with the team in 2009 -- is not expected to be delayed because of the nest, said Sarasota County spokesperson Carolyn Eastwood.

But that could change once eagle eggs hatch, which could bring a host of complications as the ballclub makes its way to Sarasota for the first time.

As spring training approaches, workers have already been rushed. Any delay could throw a wrench in the first training season, which local leaders hope will bring tourists and re-energize the dismal local economy.

Workers first noticed the nest three to four weeks ago, but did not stop construction.

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Eagles make their Home in a Baseball Stadium


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