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Conclusion: Season 2011/2012; Anacapa, Catalina, SC & SR Islands Nests
Topic Started: Aug 17 2012, 09:55 PM (3,177 Views)
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Conclusion: All Eagles All The Time: Season 2011/2012.


We have followed the Eagles ... on cam ... on the Pelican Harbor Nest ... Sauces Canyon Nest ... Two Harbors Nest and the West End Nest.
From their early Nestorations .... through Bonding .... Eggs/Incubation .... Chicks .... Banding to Fledging.


The Seal Rocks Eagles used the same nest as last year ... so no cam there again this season.

The Eagles at the Twin Rocks Nest had a change of mate and did not nest this season.

There were also no online cams on the Middle Ranch Nest ... Pinnacle Rock Nest and Rattlesnake Canyon Nest

We were kept up to date of events happening at these nests .. all on Santa Catalina Island .. through the IWS Catalina Updates.

Separate threads .. one for each of these nests .. were started .. and relevant information was posted on them .. to make it easier to keep track of what was occurring throughout the season.


Information was also taken from the Northern Channel Islands IWS Updates .. and entered onto a new thread Northern Channel Islands Nests, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa & Anancapa Islands.

This kept us up to date with events happening on the Cueva Valdez Nest ... Malva Real Nest and the newly discovered Fry's Harbor Nest ... Fraser Point Nest and the Los PiŮos Nest on Santa Cruz Island, the Trap Canyon Nest and the Lopez Canyon Nest on Santa Rosa Island and the Oak Canyon Nest on Anacapa Island.

Together with information on the other Non-Breeding pair on SC at Smugglers


This Season has been an interesting one ... with new nests discovered and changes in partners!

So here is a review ... in Alphabetical Order.

Find out all about the nests on the ... Meet the Adult Pairs thread.

We hope that ALL the Eagles ... Adults and Fledglings ...
Stay Safe ... wherever they may go.


Thanks to Dr. Sharpe/Eagle Guy, Steffani/eaglegal and all the IWS Crew for their photos and videos used in this thread.
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Cueva Valdez ... aka Hazards Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-00/male & A-16/female


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At the end of February the IWS Crew discovered that this pair were using the same tree but had built a new nest approximately 5 feet higher up than the original one.

It was the middle of March before they saw incubation underway and the middle of April when they confirmed one chick in the nest.


Hatch Date: April 20/21, 2012


Banded: June 9/12 ... Wingbling Number A-83/male ... Banding

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Everything was going well .. the chick was growing .. active, well fed and happy.
A-83 was wingercizing .. getting ready to fledge .. then the IWS Crew noticed he was sick so on July 10th he had to be taken off the Island for medical treatment.

He was taken to Ojai Raptor Center, who did their best, but he was too sick and he passed away on July 11th.


............................................... A-83's entry in the Eagles Over The Rainbow Bridge thread


........................................................................... :candle: :^^^: R.I.P. <:3 :candle:
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Fraser Point - Santa Cruz Island.


A-64/male & A-49/female


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At the end of February the IWS decided to check out an area that A-64 seemed to be frequenting quite regularly according to GPS. Great excitement when they discovered a nest .. with him apparently already incubating.

When the female arrived, even greater excitement! It was A-49. Yup, our own Princess Cruz had finally settled down to raise her own family.

Yes .. they are related .. but they don't know that! Maybe they just recognized the royalty in one another.

This is a major milestone, this pair is the first of our second-generation natural-born nesters.

Throughout March the Crew kept checking the nest .. incubation continued .. and in early April they confirmed that a chick was seen on the nest.

But at the end of that same tour .. when the Crew checked the nest again .. it was found to be empty.

Sad news for all of us.

A-49 and A-64 made a valiant attempt this season.

We wish them greater success in the future.



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The Royal Pair .. June/12



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Fry's Harbor - Santa Cruz Island.


A-46/male & A-24/female


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Fry's Canyon from the top of the ridge.


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............ A-46 .................................. A-24..................................... The Nest.


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At the end of February the pair were seen together so were clearly not incubating yet, so the IWS Crew were unsure if they intended to use the nest they built .. but didn't use .. last year or not.

The middle of March the pair were visiting the nest .. and mating .. promising signs .. and at the end of March an announcement ... they are incubating!

In April the pair were still incubating .. one standing watch whilst the other was on the nest. There appeared to be just one egg.

The Crew checked the nest at the end of April at the start of their tour. All was well .. still incubating. But at the end of that tour when the nest was checked again .. with the expectations that the egg was due to hatch .. it was empty.

Sad news!

The pair are still together and we all hope that they will have better luck next season.

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Lopez Canyon - Santa Rosa Island.


A-39/male & A-43/female


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In January the IWS Crew managed to locate this pair and because their nest had partially collapsed last year the focus was to find out if they had a new nest built somewhere.

They didnít .. they were nestorating/reconstructing the original nest.

In February when the Crew checked their nest .. it appeared they had succeeded in the overhaul and were now incubating .. number of eggs unknown.


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The middle of March .. another visit to the Island and this nest .. surprise .. 2 chicks!

Early April .. this is a hard nest to observe .. but only one chick was seen this time.

On Banding Day .. May 2nd .. there was still just one chick on the nest. The Crew did find remains of A-79's sibling, down-slope from the nest, and it appeared that it had died at 2-3 weeks of age.
Unsure what happened to it, but it could have been anything from blowing/falling out of the nest to sibling rivalry.


Hatch Date: March, 2012


Banded: May 2/12 ... Wingbling Number A-79/female ... Official Name: Kaya - B .... Banding


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Fledge Date: Between June 5-12th, 2012
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Los PiŮos Nest .. aka Willows - Santa Cruz Island


A-45/male & A-51/female


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.......... The new nest of ...... The Willows Pair.


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At the end of February the IWS Crew focused on the Willows pair hoping to find a nest.

They were successful! The pair had built a nest all the way over to the east of the navy site where the Crew stay. This nest will be known as the Los PiŮos nest .

This is an easy nest to observe ... so close to the Crew's housing.

The pair worked on the nest but it wasn't until late March that they were seen incubating. But in early April the nest was empty and no adults were in sight.

It was hoped that they would make another nesting attempt .. they were seen around the nest area .. but no luck.

The pair have been observed together so we hope that next season will be a better one for them.
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Malva Real .. aka Carl's Nest (was Grassland) - Santa Cruz Island.


K-11/male & A-35/female


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Johnson's part of their territory..................... Nest


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At the beginning of February the IWS Crew were excited when they discovered a pair using the Carl nest .. and they were incubating at least one egg!

They could see blue wing-blings on one adult but no blings on the other. Eventually it was confirmed that A-35 was the female .. and it was assumed that K-11 was the male.

The Crew kept checking on the nest and in early March a chick was seen. On the next tour check there were two chicks on the nest .. and the Crew estimated they had hatched around March 3rd.

This pair is among the earliest nesters we have had on any of the Channels Islands.

The chicks were well looked after by attentive parents and just grew and grew and at the end of April they were ready to be banded.

Dr Sharpe arrived on the Island on Saturday, April 28th and the plan was to band the chicks the next day. But, when a routine check had been made at the nest on the Friday there was only one chick on the nest!

Change of plan ... straight to the nest to search for the missing chick. Eventually he was found .. healthy and uninjured a couple hundred feet uphill from the nest tree .. everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief and banding commenced.


Hatch Dates: March 2012


Banded: April 28/12 ... Wingbling Numbers A-77/male ... Official Name: Koa & A-78/female ... Official Name: Aurora .... Banding


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Fledge Dates: A-77 ~ May 28/12 & A-78 ~ May 31/12





A-78 found deceased on July 23/12 .... A-78's entry in the Eagles Over The Rainbow Bridge thread


................................................... :candle: :^^^: R.I.P. <:3 :candle:
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MR - Middle Ranch Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-93/male & A-37/female

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....... Nest Tree.


Early February the pair were observed together .. and in the middle of February an egg was seen on the nest .. then a second egg was laid.

But a couple of days later they had lost one .. so were back to a single egg ... Posted Image


At the end of February there was some terrible weather on Catalina Island .. wind and rain and thunderstorms and the only nest that could be checked was MR.
A-37 was drenched .. but diligently keeping her egg warm beneath her. Sheís one dedicated eagle.


Early March K-93 was observed incubating the single egg .. but a few days later there was an empty nest .. with broken shells on the edge of it.


It was hoped that they would try again. But though they have stayed together they have made no attempt to re-nest this season.

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We hope that next season will be a better one for this pair.


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OC - Oak Canyon Nest - Anacapa Island.


A-21/male & A-11/female


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.... The Nest



In early March Dr Sharpe did see this pair from a boat off Anacapa Island ... Posted Image

It was hoped that their continued interest in last yearís nest site meant that they would be incubating soon.


The IWS Crew were not able to check on the pair again until the beginning of April. Once again just from the boat/water.

They saw A-21 on the cliffs near the nest .. and a female .. assumed to be A-11 .. on the nest and based on what was observed they guessed they were incubating or there was a very young chick on the nest.

Another boat trip .. in the middle of April .. seemed to confirm they were still incubating.

But in May .. on yet another boat trip over to check on the Anacapa nest at Oak Canyon .. there didn't appear to be any activity at the nest or nearby.


At the end of May/beginning of June ... the Crew wondered if there had been a change of mates here.

A-21 had been seen several times with another female .. A-48 .. on Santa Cruz Island.

But he was also spotted with A-11 at the OC nest when they took the boat over to check on the status of the nest. Then he flew back to SC Island and was later spotted by the Crew with ... A-48.

A mystery indeed!

June 15th ... the Crew got word that they would be able to go out to visit Anacapa as part of a multi-day trip with the sea-bird monitoring crew.

And finally they got a definitive answer on the status of the Oak Canyon nest of A-11 and A-21.

Both adults were spotted there .. but .. as they had suspected awhile back, the nest had failed.

It is very hard to ascertain what is going on with the limited view from the water. This is why it was so important for the Crew to actually get on shore and know for sure.

Hopefully they can get a camera on this nest for next year.

As the Crew watched that day ... the pair flew off together ...Posted Image


We all wish them a more successful season next year.



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PH - Pelican Harbor Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


K-10/male & K-26/female


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... Original Nest............................. Nest #2..................................... Nest #3


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Last season the PH Adults moved from their original nest not once, but twice!

A camera was installed on the second nest ... but then Nest #3 was discovered and due to it's location a camera was unable to be installed.

We were kept up to date with events on this nest by the SC Updates but we all missed watching the "First Family" and so were delighted when a wonderful lady called Bette posted on August 27th, 2011 ... a very
Special Announcement.


<::: Bette's Awesome Gift!


Unfortunately it was not to be that she would see her wonderful and generous gift to us all become a reality ... Bette passed away on Thursday, October 20th, 2011.


The camera was installed on Nest #3 and on January 9th, 2012 the PH nestcam ... dedicated to her ... came OnLine ... Posted Image


We had great expectations that the adults would soon appear and start to nestorate, but by month's end the only visitor to this nest .. was an Island Fox!


February 29th, the IWS Crew discovered the PH Pair were back at Nest #2 at Chinese Harbor ... Posted Image

They posted ... " It turns out that the camera we put on the Pelican Harbor pair's nest at Chinese Harbor last year still works. We will see if we can find a way to get it online."

And they did ... March 1st, we welcomed K-10 and K-26 .. The Beakerson's .. back online!


K-26 laid TWO eggs, unfortunately one broke ... but the other successfully hatched.


Hatch Date: April 13, 2012 .... Happy HatchDay


Banded: June 10/12 ... Wingbling Number A-84/male ... Official Name: Marcus.


................................... <::: Banding Day Videos & Captures........:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update: June 5-12, 2012. :clk:



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Photo taken from the Update. ( Pre-blings)................................... Photo by Jim Spickler.



Fledge Date: June 29/12

<::: A-84 Fledges!
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PR - Pinnacle Rock Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-73/male & K-56/female


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........ PR Nest


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This season there is a new male on this nest

During the fall, the original male, K65, had a physical encounter with the male from Seal Rocks, K25, and has not been seen since. His mate, K56, didnít waste any time and has already found herself a new mate to breed with this season. That mate is K73, a 5-year-old male and one of the West End Triplets from 2007!

The middle of February, there was one egg on the nest .. but the female seemed to be more interested in soaring with her mate than staying on the nest to protect it. She was observed returning " like a rocket" when she obviously remembered that it may make a tasty meal for any Ravens around.

Unfortunately, that egg was lost. But K-56 laid a second egg .. but lost that one too.

At the end of February a third egg was laid so it was hoped that this one would hatch.

Throughout March the adults took good care of this egg and seemed to be on track for the chick to hatch around March 29th.

The egg didn't hatch but the adults continued to incubate it. The IWS suspected that the egg wasn't fertile, so most likely wouldn't hatch, but until the adults gave up they would keep checking the nest.

April 16th, when the nest was checked there was no egg. The female was on the nest and it was hard to tell if she was shading something .. but when she moved there was no chick on the nest.

Disappointing .. but we hope that next season will be a more successful one for this pair.
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RC - Rattlesnake Canyon Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-80/male & K-47/female


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Rattlesnake Canyon


In January a new camera was mounted on the nest tree .. this was for the IWS observations only .. and on one of the videos, later that month, they noticed that the female was picking at the yellow string which Dr. Sharpe had left on the tree ready for banding time.

Early February the nest was empty .. but by the end of the month the adults were incubating two eggs.

Both adults continued to incubate their two eggs during March and at the end of the month there were two little chicks in the nest bowl.

In April there were some storms and high winds on the Island .. but the chicks were kept safe by their parents. There was however continuous sibling rivalry between the chicks and even though they hatched just a couple of days apart there was certainly a difference in size and development.

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At the end of April another storm came through and more strong winds. The roads were closed so the nest couldn't be checked for a couple of days.
When Steffani did get to the nest she noticed that the older chick was on the nest all by itself.

After waiting for a few hours .. hoping to see one of the parents come to the nest for some indication of the whereabouts of the younger chick .. Steffani consulted with Dr. Sharpe .. who was on the mainland in transit to the NCI .. to check if she should approach the nest and investigate.

This nest sits at the top of a tall tree, at the bottom of a canyon .. so the adults would not spot her hiking in until she arrived at the nest.
As soon as she arrived at the nest tree she realized what had happened.

The very strong winds had hit this canyon so badly that it knocked over huge trees in the area, including one adjacent to the nest. In the process the winds must have blown the poor chick off the nest.

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About 50ft away from the nest........................... Right next to it.


The nest is in the red square and the fallen trunk is in the orange circle ... Posted Image


It was fortunate that the nest wasn't blown off, because the outcome would have been worse!


Hatch Date: March 23rd, 2012.


Banded: May 18/12 ... Wingbling Number K-22/male ... Official Name: Jerry .... Banding


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Fledge Date: June 12/12




K-22 found deceased on July 20/12 .... K-22's entry in the Eagles Over The Rainbow Bridge thread


................................................... :candle: :^^^: R.I.P. <:3 :candle:




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SC - Sauces Canyon Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-40/male & A-27/female



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Observation Point ............................... Nest Tree

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A-27 laid Two eggs in March ... and we were delighted when they both successfully hatched. This is the first set of twins for the SC eagles at this nest!



Hatch Dates: April 8/12 and April 11/12 .... Happy Hatchday - Chick #1

................................................................... Happy Hatchday - Chick #2



Banded: June 8/12 ... Wingbling Numbers A-81/male ... Official Name: Buster & A-82/female ... Official Name: Phoebe.


............................... <::: Banding Day Videos & Captures.... :clk: Santa Cruz Island Update: June 5-12, 2012 :clk:


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Fledge Dates: A-81 ~ June 21/12 and A-82 ~ July 2/12


<::: A-81 Fledges .......<::: A-82 Fledges.

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SR - Seal Rocks Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-25/male & K-34/female


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In February K-34 laid TWO eggs and both adults shared the incubation duties.

March 15th their first chick hatched .. and by March 19th the second chick had also successfully hatched.



Hatch Dates: March 15/19th, 2012.


Banded: May 11/12 ... Wingbling Numbers K-20/female ... Official Name: Pukuu & K-21/male ... Official Name: Micco .... Banding


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Fledge Dates: Early June, 2012.
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Smuggler's Cove - Santa Cruz Island.


A-58/male & A-57/female


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At the end of February/beginning of March the IWS Crew were searching for this pair to see if they had started to nest. They found them just east of Smugglers and they didnít appear to be incubating yet.

The middle of March ... spotted soaring together with other eagles.

April & May ... they were still together ... but not nesting!

Maybe next season .... :X:
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