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Pelican Harbor Eagle's Nest 2010/2011; New Nest: Eggs/Chicks to Fledging.
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NEWEST NEST FOUND!

February 27, 2011


PH - Pelican Harbor Pair - Santa Cruz Island.


K-10/male & K-26/female



Eagle Guy,Feb 27 2011
09:15 PM
After two days of searching we finally found the newest new nest for the PH pair.

It is located in a pine about 1.5 km west of their original nest and over 7.5 km from the new one we recently put the camera on. It is in a remote area that has no good observation points, so we are going to have to rely on the adults' behavior to tell us what is going on while we view the nest from our boat.

Here is a view of the nest from down near the water.

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And this is the best look I could get at the nest soon after I spooked the adults off of it.

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I wouldn't have even seen the nest if they hadn't started flying and vocalizing. I could not see into the nest bowl, but based upon the adults' behavior, I'm pretty sure they are sitting on eggs.

The nest looks much better than the last two and seems to have plenty of support. As you can probably tell, there will not be a camera on this nest because of its location.

We'll do our best to keep you updated on what is going on, but we will probably only know that chicks have hatched when we see the adults feeding them, and we may not even know how many there are until banding.
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CONFIRMATION .. THIRD NEST FOUND AT TWIN HARBORS.


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. February 22 - March 1, 2011 :clk:


Kim: You have probably all heard the biggest news of the week so let’s cut to the chase: We have all been a bit suspicious of an elusive third nest for the Pelican Harbor pair for some time. However, when we left the camera with motion detection on the new Chinese nest for a couple days and had exactly ZERO visits from a bald eagle on the female’s typical laying day, it caught our attention.

So Pete and I spent a long – and I’ll add blustery – day at Chinese Harbor scanning miles to the west awaiting even just a glimpse. We had exactly ZERO eagle sightings. Not unusual, mind you, for us eagle watchers, but it seemed probable that we needed to expand our search area. Eagles or not, the clouds were gorgeous with fresh snow on the distant mountains.

So the next day, hiking west, we saw K-26 at Pelican – promising – until she flew east of where we started and not far from the Chinese Harbor nest.

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Whether she was decoying us or not, we opted to carry on the westward search, through a fairly grueling hike through fallen dead trees, unforgiving manzanita – and towering giant coreopsis.

Suddenly, Pete stirred up a couple of rather alarmed eagles, angry by the intrusion. It was the Pelican pair! Unfortunately, the nest bowl is not visible for an egg count, but their defensive behavior is sign of incubating eggs. Also unfortunate is the fact that there are not any good places to set up a camera in future years. But they have chosen a sturdy tree in a peaceful alcove away from those pestering two-legged intruders... 'til banding day. :P

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Aside from searching for the Pelican Harbor pair, Pete did a fair bit of camera work at each of the unfortunately unused nests. It seems those birds are always a step ahead.

We are finding it curious that except for one pair (on Rosa) there doesn’t appear to be the same pair using the same nest from last year, despite it being such a successful season.

Recap ... The Pelican Harbor pair: Nesting near Twin Harbors, K-10 and K-26 appear to be incubating but the number of eggs is unknown as we are unable to see into the nest bowl.





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UPDATE RE K-10 & K-26


Eagle Guy/Dr. Peter Sharpe: I thought I'd tell you a little about a helo survey I made of Santa Cruz Island on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

I started out checking the new Pelican Harbor nest. K-10 was on the nest and from his posture I'd say that there are young chicks. I'll try to find a place to watch the nest, but it will be difficult.

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Eagle Guy,Apr 9 2011
08:27 PM
I was able to confirm that there is at least one chick in the new Pelican Harbor nest. I think there is a second, but my view was blocked by trees and bushes.
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NEST SURVEYED FROM THE BOAT!

:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. April 19 - 26, 2011 :clk:


Don: We got lucky at the start of what was a windy tour and managed to get the boat out despite the choppy seas. We were hoping to get all the way to Hazard's Cove and check on the Cueva Pair, but it got a bit rough for that.

However, we did get a chance to check on the Pelican birds at their newest nest near Twin Harbors.

There's a nest in there somewhere.

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We saw both of the adults on our first pass by the nest area, but it was too choppy (and the light was really bad) to get any good photos. On the return trip the only adult present was on the nest, and you can see how difficult it is to observe the nest. It's hard enough to see a bird on it.

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At the very top of the tree and slightly left of center.

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While we couldn't see any chicks, or know how many there are, we did observe feeding behavior by the adult at the nest. We'll take that as a good sign and probably won't know how many chicks there are until banding happens.





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CHICK SPOTTED!

:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. May 3 - 10, 2011 :clk:


Don: First day and a cruise up the north shore to check on the locals. The Pelican Harbor (PH) pair comes up first and they didn't disappoint.

One adult, one nest, and, at least one …

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Just a little farther on we spotted the other PH adult near Twin Harbors.

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On the return trip the PH birds were still exhibiting their parenting diligence, with K-26 at the nest and K-10 keeping a sharp lookout for interlopers.


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NEST CHECK!


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. May 10-17, 2011 :clk:


Helen: We got lucky this week and were able to get out in the boat on the first full day on the island. We went out along the north coast and almost right away got to the PH pair’s nest.

When we first arrived there was one bird on the nest, but within minutes another flew in and started feeding the chick. You can’t get a clear look at the chick, just a slight gray bump, but it is still pretty exciting.

1) Nest with the first eagle. 2) Second eagle flying in. 3) Two parents on the nest.


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If you look close you can see the top of the chick’s head as it is fed.

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Then there is just one parent again.


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:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. May 17-24, 2011 :clk:


Don: Another tour passes and so another update commences.
There were critters about, including eagles, and windy days and nights, but the real excitement on Santa Cruz will be starting around June 1st when we start banding some of the northern birds; Sauces and Pelican Harbor.

We got really lucky and had one day that was good enough to take the boat out and were able to go check on the PH birds.

K-26 was near the nest when we arrived. Ever vigilant.

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Soon after K-10 showed up with a fish and gave it to the youngster, and stood by to supervise the self-feeding. They grow up so fast.

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You can see the chick's back, just to the left of K-10.
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................................... All full now. Chick and “Pop”.

We watched the content little family for awhile and then headed over to the south side of the island.







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MEET .. A-74 .. Official Name: KARANA

Karana is the Chumash "secret" name for the woman from San Nicholas island (Island of the Blue Dolphins).


Hatch Date ............ Wingbling Number ............... Fledge Date
April 9, 2011 approx. ......... A-74 (F) ...................... June 25, 2011



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Banded on June 3rd, 2011 as a Female ... they got it right!





:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update: May 31-June 7, 2011 :clk:

Banding Day at PH Nest: Friday, June 3rd, 2011
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TODAY I GOT MY WINGBLINGS!

June 3, 2010


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update: May 31-June 7, 2011 :clk:

Don & Kim: The Pelican Harbor Nest banding.
This one took a little more hiking now that the nest is closer to Twin Harbors (not to be confused with Two Harbors on Catalina).

Almost to the nest and you can see why it is so hard to observe from a distance.

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Undaunted, Jim prepared for the climb ... This is who he found at the top.

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But he does get the job done, quite well, and Kim ended up with an armful of eagle.

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Then the workup and banding takes place with all the usual steps.

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Jim returned the newly anointed A-74 to her tree-top castle .. and with that we bid A-74 adieu.

We bid K-26 and K-10 adieu a couple of days later when the NPS rangers were kind enough to run us over, twice, in the patrol boat to check on the nest. Thank you!


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UPDATES ON A-74


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. June 7-14, 2011 :clk:


Helen: On Sunday I went to check on the Pelican Harbor pair’s nest at Twin Harbors. I sat watching for a long time before I got a glimpse of the chick, but it finally did stand up, and even did some wingercizers.

Monday .. Maria went to check on the Twin Harbors nest and got some excellent views. We definitely have a healthy , active chick there.

One of the adults in a nearby tree.

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The chick in the nest.
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Close-up of wingercizes.

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:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. June 14-21/22, 2011 :clk:


Don: We took a cruise along the north shore to check on the Pelican Harbor pair and their latest, A-74.

K-10 was our first eagle encounter for the day, just east of the Twin Harbors nest location.


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We then rounded the next bend and the nest came into view. A-74 was acting a little shy, peeking out from behind a branch.

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K-10 quickly followed us around the bend to keep an eye on us, no doubt still wary of our intentions after the way we treated his offspring recently. And soon after that K-26 showed up to show a united family front.

I guess A-74 felt a little bolder about then and decided it was safe to come out from behind the branch.


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HOW's A-74 DOING?


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. June 21-28, 2011 :clk:


Helen: We went out by boat to Hazards for the Banding and we were lucky enough to see a few eagles on the way there.

One of the Pelican Harbor adults flying by the pier as we arrived from the mainland.

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The PH/ Twin Harbors nest with just an adult visible.

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A lucky view of the PH/ Twin Harbors chick in the nest on the boat ride home.


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A-74 ... KARANA ... IS EXPLORING THE AREA!


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. June 28 - July 5, 2011 :clk:



Kim: We had a couple adequate boat days for shorter trips, including a visit to the Pelican/Twin Harbor nest. GPS data shows A-74/Karana has been moving about the area. We wanted to see for ourselves.

Last Thursday, A-74 on a snag next to (and to the right of) the nest.

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She moved to the nest where a fish was delivered by her diligent parents.


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Later in the week, we made it out for a second boat day. A-74/Karana was well camouflaged against the trees (but thanks to that blue tag…!) while one of the parents watched nearby.

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We were fortunate enough to witness flight! As their “surrogate parents” (unbeknownst to them, of course) it is always a little unnerving watching them “head for the bushes” on their landings, but soon A-74 was back in flight to the snag near her nest tree.


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FLEDGLING SOARING & EXPLORING!


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. July 5-12, 2011 :clk:


Helen: Wednesday Maria and I went out in the boat long the North shore of the island. Our first stop was at the PH nest at Twin Harbors. Almost right away we saw A-74 flying above the nest area.

A-74 perched in some dead branches.

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One of the parents keeping an eye on their chick.

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Saturday: We took the boat out again. We wanted to get one more look at A-74.
After around an hour of waiting and watching we were rewarded with a great flight, and we got to see one of the parents fly in a visit the chick on the tree pictured below (then it flew away to the west).

A-74 perched on a snag next to the nest.

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A-74 flying over nest area.

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Tree perch.


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A-74 STILL EXPLORING!


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. July 12-19, 2011 :clk:


Kim: We were able to get out on the boat one day to check on the Pelican/Twin Harbor fledgling, A-74/Karana.

We caught the family at a rather eventful time. A-74 was begging, while her parents, K-26 and K-10, called.

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Gulls took to the sky and THE intruder whizzed by as a blurring streak; a peregrine falcon. Fortunately, A-74 is large enough now that we don’t need to worry so much.

She is flying beautifully and quickly expanding her range though much of her time is still spent at Twin Harbors.


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A-74/KARANA IS ENJOYING HER ISLAND!


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. July 19-26, 2011 :clk:


Maria: Welcome back to another amazing update from the SCI kids!
We had a great tour here on the island checking in on our chicks. They are growing up so fast!

Thursday we took a boat day out to check on A-76 in Hazards Canyon and also A-74 at Twin Harbors.

Little did we know it was going to be a surprisingly rough ride. Based on conditions we made only a very quick check. Safety first kids!

On our way back to Twin Harbors we spotted both K-10 and K-26 flying from Dick's cove into the Twin Harbors area. Unfortunately, with the choppy waters weren't able to catch a photo or spot A-74.

Friday however was a day of water so flat we felt like we were on a lake! Helen and Maria decided to give A-74 and A-76 another try and this time we were rewarded with clear visuals AND photo's of both!

A-74 perched in a tree that we believe could be her favorite tree. She really blends in!

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Both K-10 and K-26 were fishing west of Twin Habors. We spotted them both together in the same tree!

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Saturday was just plain LUCK! Another wonderfully flat water day!

On our way back to Prisoners Harbor we cruised along Chinese Harbor just in case we might see one of the Pelican Harbor pair. Our luck continued on!

K-10 perched in a tree overlooking the ocean. :clk: But he did not like us paparazzi and flew away.

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From this vantage point we were able to see the nest K-10 and K-26 had built that we had put a camera on before finding their Twin Harbor nest.

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Monday. We took the boat out one more time and this time caught A-74 in action!
By GPS we have found that A-74 has been flying as far as Fry's Canyon which is a pretty good distance from her nest! From the boat we got our visual of A-74 perched in a tree on a cliff overlooking Platt's Harbor which is just east of Fry's. It was very exciting to see this distance in person and not on a computer!!

A-74 perched in a tree with a great view of the ocean.

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She flew smoothly when she wasn't bombarded by gulls and even then she handled herself very well in the air before landing in another tree on Shark Bite which is roughly the west side of this Harbor.

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Sitting Pretty with a spectacular view---as always. :D


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:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. July 26 - August 2, 2011 :clk:


Don: This tour I didn't see any of the Pelican Harbor clan, but GPS data shows that A-74 has been flying all over the place, mostly westward, even going as far as the Cueva Valdez area.



:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. August 2-9, 2011 :clk:


Helen: This was a quiet week in a lot of ways, with empty nests all around the island.

GPS shows A-74 is travelling all over the island ... she has been as far west as West Point, which is as west as you can get on the island, but has most recently been hanging out in Chinese Harbor way to the east!



:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. August 9-16, 2011 :clk:


Don: The tour started off with some SERIOUS fog.
Needless to say, that didn't allow for very good eagle watching. And, unlike most times, this fog was going almost all the way down to the water.

Fortunately, the fog finally let up a bit and I managed to wrangle up an “assistant” for a day in the boat. Unfortunately none of the Pelican Harbor (PH) birds made an appearance.

I didn't really expect to see the PH birds since GPS data had shown A-74 spending much of her time around Chinese Harbor (CH).

I took a couple of trips over to CH in hopes of catching sight of A-74 and did, in fact, see her on my first visit. But she was flying with a purpose, and a great deal of skill (avoiding red-tails even), and didn't stick around for photo ops.

My second visit to Chinese Harbor I thought I had located one of the adults in the big dead tree there, but I was mistaken. (It was an Osprey).

An adult eagle did fly in and land, but I didn't get a very good look at it. I think it had orange tags (as in one of the PH adults), but the light and the angle didn't help, and it didn't stick around long enough for me to get the scope on it.

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SURPRISE .. A NEW JUVIE .. NO BLINGS OR GPS UNIT .. AT PRISONER'S HARBOR!


:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update. August 23-30, 2011 :clk:


Ania: Saturday, August 27 ... I went out to Chinese Harbor.

Shortly after arriving, K-10 was spotted perching on high point on the east end of the beach.

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A little while later, another adult with orange tags joined – most likely K-26, his mate .. Ania wasn’t able to get closer to confirm, as the high tide blocked off the eastern end of the beach. So, she settled down with the scope on the west end.

The Pelican Harbor pair spent the whole day together, feeding on the beach (probably on the remains of the pinniped there), preening, and a whole lot of just perching and looking around.

Monday, August 29 ... Finally, a boat day!!

Even though it was still a bit rough on the water, the crew got the chance to at least check out some of the north shore near Prisoner’s Harbor. The waves were too high however to go all the way to Hazard’s. Since we couldn’t go beyond Platt’s due to rough seas, the crew headed to Chinese Harbor.

At Chinese Harbor we spotted K-10 and K-26. They were in the same cliffs Ania had seen them earlier in the week.

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K-10 took off toward Prisoners, so we followed along by water to see where he went.

Along the way, we flushed a juvenile Bald Eagle feeding on a beach .. Notice something strange about this bird?

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We did too – no tags … And no GPS unit!

A new eagle, and a beautiful one at that. He is not a 1st year, perhaps between 2-3 years old.

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The newbie hung around K-10 for a while, until K-10 took off back toward Chinese Harbor.

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The stranger flew up to an outcrop near Prisoner’s Harbor .. giving us a great profile shot.

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Very exciting! Hopefully he’ll stick around. :X:




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