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Thread subject: Just another EAGLE( Pam ;-)
Name Date Message
Marie 02/18/07 05:36 pm While the warmer weather on the west coast brightens our rather wind-blown coastal city we are now seeing a few crocuses blooming among the water-sodden grass of park lands and family homes. Even little snowdrops delight the nature lover who notices a small cluster of these hardy little flowers popping up in a protected space. I have seen the Anna's humming bird sip from these dainty, ground hugging flowers. It remains very wet and muddy underfoot and many of my secret places are still dangerous to visit due to downed trees along trails that wind through the woods. Many days remain grey still as more rain systems roll on from the Pacific and down the Alaska pan-handle, but at least it is mild. I try to get out when I can and see signs of spring emerging. There are pale pink rhododendrons blooming too, a very early variety along with green leaf buds that are ready to burst forth on some shrubs. Although mother nature was cruel to us this winter she certainly culled out the weakest of trees. Perhaps this allows for the understory to provide more variety in the way of spring flowers. Perhaps we will see purple carpets of Camas flower in March and April that will cover the parks and hill tops. Rather like the blue-bells of England. Makes for a pretty site.
Meanwhile the Eagles go sky dancing when the sky is blue. Not too many of those days yet this month. Although Eagles are becoming more common along the waterfront they are never boring nor taken for granted, especially by me. The bigger birds exhibit behaviours that are fascinating to watch. Small birds don't do that as they move off too quickly. Copulation is certainly taking place by the new pair of eagles in the big down town park. I have watched them twice this past week. Doesn't look too hopeful for the beach pair.......I haven't been able to find a new nest for this pair and they seem to sit together all the time on a channel marker. The pair at the golf course, however have built a brand new nest above last years nest in the same tree. I call it their pent-house suite. They are determined to breed again I believe, although I haven't seen them copulating. They are always up there in the nest when I stop by so probably miss this activity.
The pair at the park seem to enjoy the activity of human curiosity for they often sit on the rocks close to humans, gawking at them from the cliff edges. Even the human activity of flying kites etc doesn't deter them. Easy pickings for a meal for the eagles on the rocks at this location, for gulls congregate there and it seems that our eagles are more fond of red-meat than fish. Rarely do I see an eagle fly in with a is mostly a dead gull, sea bird, rats, rabbits, and some seafood delicacies.. Even small cats and little dogs, if they can be snatched away from their owners, are on the menu. Talk about Darwin's theory of adaptation. The people that walk along the cliffs have to be acutely aware of these two eagles as they are known to watch the humans with their pets in one section along the cliff top walkway. Here, at this particular spot a gathering of humans and dogs off leash collect.
I have added a few pics for you of this new pair of eagles. One or two are from the Golf course and a couple of close up from my visits to Boundary Bay in Vancouver a month ago.
My nature notes on eagles, shorebirds and other water fowl will continue for those of you who are interested before the Ospreys return.
Marie 02/18/07 05:39 pm

Just highlight, copy and paste into the web browser and you should see them........

Marie 02/18/07 05:44 pm Since I am still a novice at the computer I find I am not able to set the copulation sequence of the eagles behaviour in order as it occured. You will have to use the numbers to guide you through the copulation pics.
Takes so long to even do this
cathy 02/18/07 06:57 pm Marie - what amazing photos and a privilege to see them. I imagine the hours you spend standing around with your big photo equipment to give us the pleasure of seeing these photos. Thanks! They are magnificent.
Lori 02/18/07 09:19 pm Magnificant pictures as always! I especially like the 'Eagle Mug Shot" I don't think we will ever tire of your nature tales & pictures :-)
Celeste 02/19/07 05:33 am Great that you are on board again Marie. Missed your stories, and as always, spectacular photos! Once again I can "tag" along on your escapades.
Pam 02/19/07 05:58 am Marie, your photos are beautiful. Thank you for taking us along with you once more. I love the expression on the face in the mugshot and would not like to be a little dog walking along under that. I wonder if any of those eagles are the ones I see at RR. After all it is not too far for an eagle to fly although I think most of the RR ones nest on and around Bentinck Island. I feel sorry for your beach pair and wonder why they have not found a nesting spot this year. Maybe they are getting past it? I noticed that our snowdrops are out now too and even a couple of daffodils are blowing in the breeze in the garden opposite - can Spring be far behind? Lots to look forward to in the next few weeks!
Anne 02/19/07 11:58 am Fabulous pictures Marie, thank you. Is your spring later than Lisas? I just wondered why her eagles breed ahead of yours, given that MD has had some very wintry weather recently.
Marie 02/19/07 12:17 pm Thank you everyone.
While I am home with a touch of bronchitis right now I am trying to put a few more pics together of special places I visit so will post as I get them done.
First, will be from King's Pond where recently I found a very rare bird to our area. A Tufted Duck. This bird generated a lot of interest and visits from people all over the mainland. It is still around but I haven't seen it lately on my visits. Reported to be on smaller ponds within the golf course area. Dodging golf balls is not my idea of fun. Kings Pond is at the very top end of one of the golf courses in town. It is well protected from stray golf balls so one doesn't have to worry about a hit to the head. ;-)
Birding does have its scary moments!
Marie 02/19/07 12:27 pm Anne, even though our weather generally is mild most winters I do believe the latitude, the availability of food which includes young from other nesting birds ie gulls, and length of days all have a bearing to when these big birds nest north of the 49th parallel. Apparently the farther north one goes the later the big birds nest.

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