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Wray and Diana; Wray's name and co-nesting question
Topic Started: May 11 2012, 08:40 AM (466 Views)
EmeraldSkye
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Howdy!! I searched through a lot of this forum and couldn't find the answer to this question. I was wondering how Wray's name was chosen.

Second question: I see that Wray and Diana co-nested for many years. During all of that time did both of them lay viable eggs?

Final question: In the "meet the adults" section it says that Wray is unbanded, but in the nest observations from a couple of days ago, there were fun Q&A about which eagle was being described. In that section there is a picture of Wray's wing with K-17 on it. So, she was eventually caught and banded?
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:}^ and Welcome ...

I can answer part of your question ...

Over in Eagle Media you will find All Eagles All The Time .. aka AEATT and at the top of that section there are the Wing-bling Reference Charts ...

Wray was removed from a nest in Nanaimo .. my home city .. but has never been banded ... although she does have an ankle bracelet.

Here's the information about her ... and also how she was named ... which we just recently found out.

Wray (F) ... no wing tags

From: A nest in Nanaimo , Vancouver Island B.C. Canada
Released from: Sweetwater Hacktower, Catalina Island
Where now? - West End Nest.
(One of the 2 females and 1 male on this nest)
"Both females were released together. They may think they are sisters" said Dr Sharpe.
Wray has a silver band on her left leg.
January 7/12. Eagle Guy's post on Nest Observations/Nest Watch after zooming the camera in on Wray's leg band. Confirmation it's her! :)^
January 18/12. Now we know the reason .. How Wray was named. .. Lady in the photo is Wray Ann Wong (Sweezey) .. February 5/12. Full Story


Actually on the neat quiz that Jeanne made for the NAC presentation ... K-17 was the answer to the "Who is the oldest eagle?"


I thought both females did lay eggs throughout their time together ... it was certainly proven in 2007 when there were 5 eggs taken from the nest.

But Dr. Sharpe is the best person to confirm that.
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EmeraldSkye
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Thank you, this is great information. And thanks for clearing up the wing bling! I did see that in 2007 there were 5 eggs on the nest. They were taken to an IWS facility to hatch but only three hatched. I was wondering if along the way it was determined that (perhaps) Wray laid viable eggs but Diana did not, and perhaps the two that didn't hatch were Diana's. I couldn't find any information about whether all of the hatched eggs over the years were from only Wray or if some were also from Diana. I guess I was wondering if it's possible that Wray allowed Diana to stay around for so many years is because she wasn't fertile.
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EmeraldSkye
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Oh, and thanks for the welcome!! I've been hanging around for a few weeks (and sometimes shedding tears for Metoo) but I finally found a reason to register with the forum!! I've been reading each and every nest update for a few weeks now. I was telling the folks at the Alcoa nest about this one and wanted to give them some interesting information about Wray and her nesting history but I wanted to make sure I got the facts straight first.
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01:07 PM
Actually on the neat quiz that Jeanne made for the NAC presentation ... K-17 was the answer to the "Who is the oldest eagle?"

Hi EmeraldSkye!

I did the "Celebrity Baby Eagle Pictures" presentation the other day - I'm glad you liked it! Many people think that Wray is the oldest eagle on the island (including me up til recently!) that is why I threw in the fact that she is actually the second oldest known eagle, with the bonus question of who is the oldest. K-17 is the female at the Twin Rocks nest and she is two years older than Wray.

Wray has some fantastic parenting skills. And K01 is usually a very good provider. This year the fish drops have been less though, but that seems to be because the fish aren't around so much yet.
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Dianna probably started laying eggs in the last couple of years at the nest, but Wray most likely laid the eggs most of the time.
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