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Catalina Update; February 25, 2009
Topic Started: Feb 25 2009, 10:03 PM (1,702 Views)
Eagle Guy
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This week we have visited the known nest areas regularly and have also been looking for possible new pairs/nests on the southern side of the island.
Last week, the Two Harbors (TH) female laid the first egg of the season and last Saturday morning she laid a second one! In the past we have always removed their eggs and hatched them in our facilities while the eagles sat on fake eggs. This year we will let all the nests keep their eggs and hope they all hatch and fledge at least one chick per nest. The TH pair has been very successful raising foster chicks, so we hope it stays that way now that they are allowed to hatch their own eggs.
We have not been able to go to the mainland to fix the Twin Rocks (TR) camera so we have been checking the nest from our only observation spot at Long Point. Yesterday, the female was in incubating posture, so it appears they have their first egg. I don't think we will be able to see the egg(s) from the camera vantage point, but I'll check that out when I can.Posted Image
We have visited Pinnacle Rock (PR) daily. They have been spending more time at their nest as well. Today, the female was just standing on the nest, so I expect they will lay soon.

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We have looked for the Middle Ranch (MR) birds on a daily basis. For a while we thought that this pair had plans to move their territory to the south side of the island, close to China Point. Last week Steffani found the male on the coast and he was joined by the female a while later.
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She watched them vocalize and get harassed by gulls and raven for over an hour until they flew away along the coast right after sunset.
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The Seal Rocks pair started to build a nest on that point many years ago before moving to the Seal Rocks area, so we thought the eagles might plan on taking over this area. This is most likely one of the places they disappeared to when we could not find them at the reservoir.
The next day they were back at the reservoir. Steffani saw the male in the morning and later in the evening she found both of them roosting right next to their new nest.
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I've been watching them for the past 2 days and they are working hard on the new nest. It certainly looks like they will breed this year.
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We should have news on more eggs next week.
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Eagle Duo
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Great report! These eagles sure keep you hopping and guessing!
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ojailala
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Very informative report today.. loved the Twin Rock pair having an egg as well as TH and PH... lets hope next wednesday we will have more eggs to report... Thanks B-))
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Lauri
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Dear Dr. Sharpe,

Thanks for the great report. The birds keep you guys hopping, that's for sure. How many miles do you cover every week just looking for them? :D

It's so exciting to see this population bounding back. It's just thrilling. I know the eaglets have a tough first twelve months if they survive but every year, there are more and more birds.

Is the program on-track for what was originally planned? Or have expectations for the bounce-back been exceeded at this point in time?

Lauri
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harpo516
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Peter (and Steffani) :X: that the MR pair are settling down and ready to have their first nesting season! Sounds like the eagles are keeping you guys real busy in trying to figure out who is where! Great news about TR. Thank you for keeping us informed!
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Naturegal
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Thanks Dr. Sharpe and Steffani for your update and photos. These eagles sure keep you guessing.
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vickih
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Thank you Dr. Sharpe for the wonderful report. It should be an exciting year and April should be an exciting month!

Vickih
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Jeanette
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Great treport Dr Sharpe and great photos. Have been out of the country for several weeks so glad to know about the eggs
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summer818
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Thank you Dr. Sharpe, as always you and your staff's reports are fabulous and so informative. Thank you all for taking such good care of our eagles and nests. Oh, and those camera's and computer equipment.
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SoCal Lady
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PETER--Thank you for the exciting news! TR having its first egg also is wonderful news and good to see PR pair back at the nest, especially since it had been so "quiet" there long past the time the other pairs were busy working on nestorations.

Looks promising for MR- K93 and A32 :X: --and from the picture, I am assuming they built their own nest instead of the platform you and Steff created for them last year.

All of us here in cyberspace will be hoping for the pairs to successfully hatch their own eggs this year--- along with you all. It would be a beautiful turn of events if they can do so, without human intervention--understanding there are no guarantees in the natural world.
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Michele
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Thank You Dr. Pete and Steffani....I'm excited about the possibility that this may be the year that the MR pair have a clutch. As always, the news of all of the pairs kicking off the new season, is wonderful.

Thanks again.... :)^ B-)) :<S><:
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lovethebabies
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Beautiful pictures Dr. Sharpe! Exciting report! Could be lots of babies this year :^: . Now, if only the Seal Rocks pair would show up!
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