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Conclusion: Season 2012/2013.; Anacapa, Catalina, SC & SR Islands Nests
Topic Started: Aug 27 2013, 09:21 PM (2,502 Views)
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Conclusion: All Eagles All The Time: Season 2012/2013.


We have followed the Eagles .. on cam .. on the Two Harbors Nest and the West End Nest. .. both nests on Santa Catalina Island.
From their early Nestorations .. through Bonding .. Eggs/Incubation ..Chicks .. Banding to Fledging.

There were two other nests with cams .. on Santa Cruz Island. The Pelican Harbor Eagles however did not return to the nest they used last season and the Sauces Canyon Eagles unfortunately lost their eggs.


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

The Seal Rocks Nest .. Twin Rocks Nest .. Middle Ranch Nest .. Pinnacle Rock Nest and Rattlesnake Canyon Nest


The IWS Crew also kept us informed with Updates re all the known Northern Channel Islands Nests ...

The Cueva Valdez Nest .. Malva Real Nest .. Fry's Harbor Nest .. Fraser Point Nest and the Los Piños 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 Non-Breeding pair on SC at Smugglers


This Season has been another interesting one!


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 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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In February the IWS Crew checked the pair's previously used nests to see if there was any new activity. Unfortunately the nests looked untouched.

In March they suspected a new nest was somewhere in Valdez Canyon, they has spotted A-00 flying in and out of the canyon but a search by hiking into the canyon and also observations from the water only gave the crew a rough idea of the nest location.

By April the nest search was proving to be quite a challenge. However April 13th proved to be a lucky day as Ania watched A-00 flying towards her and vocalizing she faintly heard A-16 responding to him. She scanned the trees in the canyon, then moved to a better vantage point, and finally she spotted the nest structure and the adult and it looked like incubation was underway!

Early May the Crew were able to confirm at least one chick in the nest around 1-2 weeks old.


Hatch Date: April 2013


Banded: June 1/13 ... Wingbling Number A-88/female ... Official Name: Aira .... Banding


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Fledge Date: Confirmed on July 10, 2013
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Fraser Point - Santa Cruz Island.


A-64/male & A-49/female


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In February the IWS Crew investigated a possible nest for this pair. It appeared that the nest structure was complete (sticks were fresh and it was lined with soft vegetation), but they didn't see any eagles tending to it that day. They did however see an adult flying in the direction of the nest.

When they checked again in early March they were unable to confirm if the pair were actually incubating. Both A-64 and A-49 only settled into the nest for very short periods .. they knew the crew were in the area so that made them nervous.

Now this is where it starts to get a tad complicated!

Over at the Sauces Canyon Nest there had been an intruder and A-27 the female at the nest had gone missing on March 4th. Their two eggs were taken by Ravens on March 7th when A-40 left the nest.

A-49/Cruz was seen at the SC Nest on March 11 and she and A-40 had a dalliance two days later. We thought that she had abandoned her nest and was now the new female here but on March 15th another female arrived and she appears to be the new mate of A-40.

However questions were now being asked .. if any chicks hatched on the Fraser nest .. could A-40 be the father?

Eagle Guy confirmed that both A-64 & A-49 were at their nest on the day that A-27 disappeared and addressed the paternal question.

Eagle Guy, Apr 18
2013 & Jul 8 2013
Unless A49 was going back and forth between nests, it is likely that the chick(s) are A64's.
Both adults were at the nest on March 4 (the day A27 disappeared from Sauces) and most likely had an egg or two at that time, although they weren't incubating for more than 15 minutes at a time, perhaps due to seeing the biologist in the area.
The chick appeared to be around 9 weeks old (~ Feb 28 lay date) when we banded on 6 June.
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So .. at the beginning of April when the crew checked the nest they found the pair still incubating although due to the fog, heat shimmer and their observation point, it was impossible to confirm how many eggs were in the bowl.

On April 20th they confirmed there was one chick .. probably 1 week old .. and one non-viable egg on the nest.

Banding Day: This was a very exciting and historic banding. The chick, A-89, is the first young produced by a pair of wild fledged eagles on the Channel Islands since the species disappeared from the Channel Islands in the 1950s and 60s.


........................Congratulations A-49 and A-64.


Hatch Date: April, 2013


Banded: June 6/13 ... Wingbling Number A-89/female ... Official Name: Sapphire .... Banding


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Fledge Date: Confirmed on July 13, 2013.
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Fry's Harbor - Santa Cruz Island.


A-46/male & A-24/female


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On Friday, March 1st, 2013 ... the IWS Crew were out on the boat checking for eagles & nests.

A-24 showed up for some nice close-up photos .. but better still she lead them to her new nest! On the way back they checked the new nest again .. and this time A-46 was there!

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It’s a lovely nest .. but it didn’t look like they were incubating yet.

Mid March when the crew checked it looked like the nest was still in the construction phase. They watched as A-24 brought in more nesting materials and tended to the nest.

In mid April .. more sticks were being added to it .. and at the end of the month the pair were observed down the coast from the nest, perched together on a cliff. They stayed there for quite a while, so they were clearly not incubating.

It looked like they wouldn't be using that lovely nest this year.

The pair are still together and we all hope that they will use this nest next season.
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Lopez Canyon - Santa Rosa Island.


A-39/male & A-43/female


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In early February the IWS Crew ATVed across the island to visit the Lopez nest that A-39 and A-43 used last year.

They observed that A-43 was incubating 2 eggs!

In order to view the Bald Eagle nests without disturbing the birds, they installed a video camera and viewing box located some distance away from the nest. Sometimes however they were spotted by A-43 who would fly overhead until they left the area!

March 15th, was an exciting day .. when the IWS Crew checked the nest they found a chick had hatched! The little bobblehead was only a few days old because there had only been eggs on the nest when they checked it on the 11th.

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On their next check on March 19th .. there were two :^: :^: now on the nest! Through the viewing camera the crew observed them being fed some fish.

Early April the chicks were growing fast. Then on the next tour the nest camera wouldn't work!
At the end of the month the crew were able to move closer to the nest to observe there was still two healthy chicks there. The adults didn't notice the crew at first due to the fog but as soon as they did .. A-43 told them to leave!


Hatch Dates: March 2013


Banded: May 7/13 ... Wingbling Numbers A-85/female ... Official Name: La'i & A-86/male ... Official Name: Azul .... Banding


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Introducing the first Bald Eagle chick banded of the season .. A-85.

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Fledge Dates: Both fledged sometime in June 2013.



A-86 found deceased on July 22/13 .... A-86's entry in the Eagles Over The Rainbow Bridge thread


................................................... :candle: :^^^: R.I.P. <:3 :candle:
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Los Piños 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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Throughout January and into February the IWS Crew surveyed the south coast around the area of last year’s Los Piños nest hoping to either see activity at the old nest or find a new one.

Mid February the pair remained elusive. In addition, their old nest continued to appear unused.

Then they found it!
It was a couple of canyons east of the previous nest and located in a Toyon, low on the east face of a canyon .. and incubation was already underway! Lucky for the crew, the observation point was very convenient to get to.

Early March the pair A-45 and A-51 were still incubating an unknown number of eggs. By mid March the crew confirmed there was one :^: on the nest.

In early April they were able to confirm there were now two chicks on the nest.

The crew continued to monitor and observe this nest but were unable to get good photos of the chicks due to bad heat shimmer etc and most often they reported only seeing one chick.

On May 11th, the IWS crew headed to the Los Piños Nest, where a very healthy and active – but single- chick was found.

There was no sign of the second chick, who was last seen in the nest over a month ago, so unfortunately its fate will remain a mystery. :(


Hatch Date: March/April, 2013


Banded: May 11/13 ... Wingbling Number A-87/male ... Official Name: America Strong .... Banding


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Fledge Date: Confirmed on July 10/13.
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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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Late January/Early February the IWS Crew found a new eagle nest and the female was already incubating!

Helen had hiked out to check on the Malva Real pair and found them nesting right in Malva Real Canyon. This territory has seen some pretty poor choices of nest in the past, from ground nests to a nest at high elevation and kilometers inland. This nest is wonderful by comparison. It is reasonably close to the water, looked well built from her vantage point, and also looked relatively protected from the prevailing winds.

Throughout February and into March the crew monitored this nest .. each time there was an adult on incubation duty.

Early April the crew reported that unfortunately, the Malva Real nest seems to have failed, as they had not been able to confirm chicks for the past few tours. They checked the nest twice during this tour. On the first visit, the blue-tagged adult was seen switching out with the untagged adult, with the nest being unoccupied for about 14 minutes and there was no evidence of chicks in the nest. On the second visit, the untagged adult was seen in incubating posture for 2 hours.

Mid April. There had been some concern that the eggs at Malva Real were late with hatching, and there was a possibility the nest would fail. Sadly, on Sunday, April 14th, the crew was greeted with the sight of an empty nest bowl when they reached the observation point.

They waited another hour to see if the Malva Real pair would reappear, but the area around the nest remained quiet. Unfortunately, being so late in the season, it looks like this pair may have to try again next year.


Sad news!

We hope that next season will be a better one for this pair.
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MR - Middle Ranch Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-93/male & A-37/female

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In January the nest looked maintained although the adults gave Maria a hard time trying to catch them actually working on it!

On February 9th the nest was empty .. February 10th One egg was there .. and by February 15th there were Two! But then a few days later there was only one. Maybe one of the adults accidentally stepped on the other.

On March 20th the :^: hatched and proud parents K-93 and A-37 have been taking great care of their chick who was the first Catalina chick to be banded this season .. and was extremely feisty that day. Both parents were swooping overhead too!



Hatch Date: March 20th, 2013.


Banded: May 12/13 ... Wingbling Number K-30/male ... Official Name: Blaze .... Banding


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Fledge Date: June 12, 2013.
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OC - Oak Canyon Nest - Anacapa Island.


A-21/male & A-11/female


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In March when the IWS Crew checked on this pair, from the boat, they were both on their nest. Their first thought was EGGS! So Dr. Sharpe/Peter went over to confirm if they were incubating or not.

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Unfortunately, on that date, they did not have any eggs.

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Mid April .. the crew checked the nest .. A-11 was seen flying in and out of the nest area, eventually landing on the nest. There may have been another adult in the nest, but it was difficult to confirm by boat.

This has been a very busy season for the IWS Crews as they had also taken on a Peregrine Falcons survey. So we didn't get a lot of updates re this nest on Anacapa Island.

However in early June .. the crew went to Anacapa and were able to confirm that there was still an eagle chick at the nest over there. They didn’t know if they would be able to access the island due to breeding bird season restrictions, so this might be one juvenile with no bling!

Early July the crew reported they were able to get out in the boat again and the water was so nice they made it to Anacapa. They were able to check on the Oak Canyon territory, and were happy to report that the chick there, A-90, had fledged. Both parents were in attendance, and the chick looked healthy and alert.

This was news to us as we hadn't heard about a banding here.
So I posted a question ...What date was A-90 banded? I don't recall seeing any photos, information on this one.

Answer ... A-90 was banded on 6/25. Pete got last minute permission to go to Anacapa. Originally it didn't look like IWS would be allowed to land there, so we thought the chick would have to go unbanded.


Hatch Date: April/May, 2013


Banded: June 25/13 ... Wingbling Number A-90/male ... Official Name: Cbrink.


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Fledge Date: Confirmed on July 11/13.
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PH - Pelican Harbor Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


K-10/male & K-26/female


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Throughout the Fall .. then into the New Year .. we waited for this pair to arrive at the nest and start nestorations. There were some really windy days .. and as they both love the wind we waited in anticipation for them to arrive. They didn't!

K-10 & K-26 ... Where Are You?

It looked like an Osprey was checking out this nest .. spent a lot of time on the branches during December.

The IWS Crew were searching the canyons in case this pair had switched nests again .. although they saw the adults at different times they eluded the crew and so the search went on.

Late January/Early February the pair were spotted .. separately. K-26 was near last season's nest but K-10 was perched and flying with K-91 a little way down the coast. (K-91/2009 TH Nest.) Was she just visiting?

Early April the crew thought they had found the nest .. but once again the pair eluded them.
As Ania wrote on her update: "The hunt for this wily pair has now reached quite epic proportions – almost everyone on the crew has spent some time this season trekking all over their territory (which, lucky us, is one of the biggest of all the BAEA territories on the island!)
There may be a possibility that the Pelican Harbor pair either is just not nesting this year, or did nest early on, and their nest has failed. Unlike the other BAEA pairs, the Pelican Harbor duo has just given very little indication of concentrating their activities in one area for a long period of time."

In mid April the nest observers got excited when an adult landed on the branch .. but it didn't come onto the nest and we couldn't ID the bird.

May 30th .. early morning .. K-26 landed on the nest .. and K-10 was on the branch! Just a short visit .. but so good to see them!

During June and July K-26 was spotted and easily ID as she still has both blings .. but K-10 is missing his right bling so the crew were uncertain he was the adult with her.

From the boat they saw K-26 beside a small nest .. near the 2012 nest .. and although it looked too small for an eagle they decided to check it out. It was even smaller than they had thought from the water. That said, it had some eagle droppings and feathers near it.
So, while it wasn’t a viable nest for 2013, maybe the PH pair will build some nest-expansions onto it in time to use it next season. The crew will keep an eye on it and keep us up to date.

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Late July the crew headed out to Chinese Harbor to look for K-10 and K-26. Not only did Helen find them, but she was able to confirm that K-10 is in fact the bird they’ve been seeing with one orange tag. They were pretty sure this was the case, but they always like to be sure.

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So ... this pair are still together ... and hopefully they will be busy laying eggs and raising chicks again this coming season.

We sure missed them this season!
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PR - Pinnacle Rock Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-73/male & K-56/female


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It wasn't until February that this pair started to do some nestorations. Then on February 21st there was one egg on the nest and on the 23rd there were two.
Looked like K-73 enjoyed incubation duty as every time the IWS Crew checked he was the one on the nest.

At the end of March K56 and K-73 were the proud parents of :^: :^:

This is a very difficult nest to reach, so on Banding Day both Dr. Sharpe/Peter and Jim Spickler used ropes and harnesses to drop down the canyon.
K-73 was on the nest with the chicks and he spotted them first. Then as they got closer to the nest both parents were flying and calling.
The chicks were completely unaware of what is about to happen!

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Hatch Dates: March 2013


Banded: May 28/13 ... Wingbling Numbers K-14/male ... Official Name: Shay Awahili & K-16/female ... Official Name: Rose .... Banding


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Fledge Dates: Both fledged .. Confirmed on July 1/13.



* July 29th. Two Harbors, Harbor Patrol rescued K-14 .. and K-28 .. from out of the water! Maria and Dr. Sharpe/Peter were working in the office when they received the call. K-14 was found swimming about a half mile off of Emerald Bay.

Peter immediately hit the road to Two Harbors. On his way he stopped in Middle Ranch to pick up kennels and fish. When he arrived he inspected these two little eagles. They appeared fine and so he released them each in their own nesting territory with some fish. Both flew off with no problems.


K-14 prior to release.
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RC - Rattlesnake Canyon Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-80/male & K-47/female


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The pair worked on their nest during January and early February.
Their first egg was laid on February 19th and their second egg was laid on February 21st.

In March Maria was able to check on K-80 and K-47 incubating the eggs via the nest cam. The hatch date was around March 26th. By March 31st both eggs had hatched and K-80 and K-47 were now the proud parents of two chicks :^: :^:

Early April the nest cam wasn't working so well and although the pictures weren't too clear the IWS Crew could still make out two chicks. However on May 2nd only one chick could be seen on the nest. Sad news.

Dr. Sharpe and Maria decided it would be best not to hike in to try and find the missing chick as this would disturb both the parents and the remaining chick .. and the missing chick probably wouldn't have survived the fall from the nest.

May 19th was Banding Day. The Crew approached the nest, in a beautiful tree filled canyon, with a stream running nearby. Wonderful shade and lots of poison oak!


Hatch Date: March 27?, 2013


Banded: May 19/13 ... Wingbling Number K-39/female ... Official Name: Lina .... Banding


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Fledge Date: Confirmed on June 25, 2013.


* Normally this is where the history of this season ends .. but K-39 decided to have a little adventure on August 7th .. fortunately she was rescued and released.

Posted on Nest Watch/ IWS Facebook August 7/13.
K-39 Rescued. ... Video: K-39 released.

:clk: Catalina Update: August 6-9, 2013 :clk:
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SC - Sauces Canyon Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-40/male & A-27/female



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A-27 laid her first egg of this season on February 24th at 8:30pm. The second egg was laid on February 27th at 7:57pm.

On February 28th A-40 was incubating the eggs as A-27 had left the nest during the night .. around 2:00 am. She finally arrived at 7:58 am and it appeared she had blood on her.

Both adults were extremely agitated and were flying in and out of the nest. It appeared that there was an intruder around and with two eggs on the nest both adults were on high alert and very defensive.

A-40 returned to incubate the eggs .. A-27 had not returned to relieve him when the camera went Off Air.

March 1st .. the cam was back up at 3:23 am when the Nest Observers saw A-27 was back on the nest incubating her eggs. Later that morning both adults were back on the defensive and A-40 was once again on incubating duty whilst A-27 was off the nest. She returned later that morning and relieved him. Looked like things were getting back to normal with several switches during the day and A-27 incubating at night.

March 2nd .. both adults took turns.

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March 3rd .. A-40 relieved A-27 in the morning and had a long duty before she returned. It appeared that the intruder was back as both adults went on high alert.

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A-40 returned to the nest and the eggs but it was after dark before A-27 returned to relieve him.

March 4th .. both adults on the nest as dawn breaks .. both are on alert, calling out and then leaving. A-40 returned and so did A-27 .. then she left at 9:12am and that was the last time we saw her at the nest.

A-40 continued to protect his nest and incubate the eggs alone.
He took longer breaks off the nest on March 6th, but still returned to the nest to incubate overnight.
He left the nest at 7:22am on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Both eggs were taken by Ravens at 7:47am. A-40 returned at 10:28am and then flew off again at 10:56am.

He did his best .. but the nest had failed.

He didn't return again until March 11th .. at first he arrived alone .. then later A-49 arrived.
The observers were in shock! Had she left her own nest to become the new female at this one?
Over the next few days she and A-40 were observed together on the nest and then on March 15th more drama!

Another female .. A-48 arrived .. and it looked like she chased A-49 away. She obviously wanted to be the new female in A-40's life.

So was she the unseen intruder at the nest that A-27 had an altercation with?

Throughout April and into June .. when the camera went Off Air due to a power issue .. the new couple were observed at the nest doing some nestorations but mostly just spending time together.

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The IWS Crew have spotted them still together .. it will be interesting to see who returns to the nest when the camera is back up in the fall.


We were very concerned about A-27 and the IWS Crew were constantly on the look out for her.
On the SCI Update: April 23-30, 2013. Good News! A-27 was spotted at Prisoners Harbor Santa Cruz Island.

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SR - Seal Rocks Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-25/male & K-34/female


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In January Maria checked the nest used by this pair since 2009 and found grass growing.

Yes .. K-25 and K-34 had moved to a NEW nest!
She saw them together on the cliff wall and when she checked through the telescope she saw a very nest-like looking structure at the base of a tree!

(This nest actually has a little history. This was once a Pinnacle Rocks Nest that was abandoned when the eggs were collected by Dr. Sharpe/Peter for artificial incubation and in the late 80’s, this nest was used by the Twin Rocks female K-17.)

Their first egg was laid on February 10th and by February 18th there were :egg: :egg: on the nest.

Both adults supported each other .. when one was incubating, the other was close by regularly checking on its mate.

The eggs were due to hatch on the 20th of March. When Dr. Sharpe checked the nest that day .. they had a chick! The next day he checked on them again. Now there were 2 Chicks. Maria observed many feedings at this nest and reported how gentle the parents were with their young.

May 13th was Banding Day and as the IWS Crew hiked into this nest, they all said “Wow, this is a really beautiful nest!”


Hatch Dates: March 20th & 21st 2013


Banded: May 13/13 ... Wingbling Numbers K-31/male ... Official Name: Edge & K-32/female ... Official Name: Shasta .... Banding


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Fledge Dates: K-31 fledged on June 10, 2013 and K-32 fledged on June 19, 2013.



* On July 15, 2013. K-31 visited the WE Nest .. twice! ... Videos posted here

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Smuggler's Cove - Santa Cruz Island.


A-58/male & A-57/female


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June: This pair did not nest this year, but A-57’s transmitter was recently dropped, so the IWS Crew wanted to retrieve the transmitter, as well as confirm that this pair was still together.

Fortunately, the transmitter was quickly found, and they spent the rest of the day surveying for the pair on the east and west sides of Smugglers and Yellowbanks.

A-57’s transmitter, hanging out near a well-used perch.

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The Crew were only able to get visuals on A-58, hopefully A-57 is still somewhere nearby.

Two days later they returned to the east end of the island to continue monitoring the Smuggler’s BAEA pair. Again, they only spotted one BAEA. They weren’t able to get numbers, but could see this blue-tagged BAEA had a backpack transmitter, so it was likely A-58 again.

Early July: The Smuggler’s Pair was spotted in their usual spot between Middle Anchorage and San Pedro Point. They were able to positively ID one of the eagles as A-57.

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End of July: On the way back from Anacapa the IWS Crew swung by the smugglers cove area of Santa Cruz, and found A-57 and A-58 in one of their usual perch spots.

They’re hoping this pair will be nesting next spring.

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