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Santa Cruz Island; April 8 - 15, 2014
Topic Started: Apr 18 2014, 01:07 PM (1,345 Views)
IWS Crew
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Hey All,

We had a few exciting happenings on Santa Cruz island last week. Most notably, the Pelican Harbor nest has hatched! Nate went to check on them first thing last week, and was able to see at least one chick in the nest.

K-10 and K-26 in the nest tree
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K-26 feeding the chick(s)?
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K-10
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The chick (or chicks?) were too small to get a good look at them, so we’ll have to wait until next week for a better count. The observation point we use for this nest isn’t high enough above the actual nest to see very well inside the bowl.

The Fraser point and Malva real chicks (one per nest) are both growing fast and looking healthy. We will be banding the Malva chick next week, and the Fraser nest shortly after that. Unfortunately, it looks like the Los Pinos nest has failed, but we’re still hoping they may try again.

Besides the nesting birds, we had some other interesting eagle sightings last week.

A-74 stopped by Prisoner’s Harbor one morning.
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And was seen again further west later in the week.
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This bird fledged from the Pelican Harbor nest in 2011, so it was nice to see her spending time in the area.

We also saw A-89 near Prisoner’s Harbor
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She’s apparently well travelled, last being spotted on San Miguel island in March.

A-27 and A-68 are still spending time together in the Lady’s harbor area, although they don’t seem to be busy building a nest. We’re not really expecting too much from them this season, but we have high hopes for next year.
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A-57 and A-58 also appear to be waiting for next year, as we spotted them both in the Smugglers and Yellow Banks area. No nest to be found.
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That about sums up our week of eagle news. Next week officially starts our banding season on the Northern Islands, so we’ll have much more excitement in the weeks to come. We’re all looking forward to it!

IWS Crew

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amethyst
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Wow, start of banding already...


:><: and the PH pair have at least one chicklet and no camera :lol:


Thank you all for your hard work!
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SoCal Lady
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Oh so good to know K10 & K26 have at least one chick!!! We sure do miss one of our favorite Eagle Couples. It is special when you post their nest and photos... Thanks Nate! Very happy to know their offspring... A74 is still close to home. Even more special that their "grandchild eagle" ......A87 is there too.



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KareninSoCali
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So eggcited for K26 and K10!! Cruz and Spirit have another sibling! Woooohoooo! :**: :**: Also, eggcited for Cruz and Spirit on their hatchling! :**: :**: Can't believe its already banding season! Wow! Time sure flies! Thanks so much for the update and for all the IWS staff does!

IWS ROCKS!!
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raycyn
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Yay for PH pair and having at least one chick this year. So excited, and can hardly believe there are babies old enough to band already. Wow. Thanks so much as always for the great report - so exciting to see the "youngsters" too - love it when the juvies are seen.


Cindyja in Oregon
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Patti
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Thanks for the chicks news! Happy about K10 & K26...and their extended family. It's so good to know that A27 & A68 are still a hopeful couple as well. Always want the best for A27 and sure remember the days when A68 was a hatchling. <3

Thanks for the great photos of the Pelican Harbor's nest area. A nice place to settle in.
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EagleNut
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I just love hearing about K10 and K26. And photos to boot. I just blinked and it is banding season again. Wow! Can't wait for your next report. Thank you.
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Eagle Guy
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Just a quick correction. There are 2 chicks at the Fraser Point nest.
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Photo by Nathan Melling
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JudyB
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Two chicks! That is wonderful - thank you so much for the great news, Dr. Sharpe and Nate!
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vickih
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Thank you for the great update.

Nice to see that A27 and A68 are continuing. She had a rough year last year. She deserves a special mate.

Glad to know K10 and K26 are adding to their family and the next generation have two eaglets this year. Funny K10 and K26 are not only parents, but grandparents as well and A49 and A64 now have new siblings. Crazy, crazy world.

Vickih :D
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Patti
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Thank you for the wonderful news on the two Fraser Point chicks! Great photo too.
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sunnyland7
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Dr. Sharpe and Nate,
Successful season :><:
So great about Pelican Harbor chick
And Fraser, Malva ,A74, A89.A57, and A58
Good Luck to A27 and A58.
Nice Falcon shot /
We appreciate all your work / :)^
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LucyM
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I so excited and proud of A-68 (our Braveheart aka Weebit) all grown up and strong and beautiful! He is a :<<o>>: magnificent eagle - I still remember the foggy morning he fledged from the nest.
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<3 YAY!! Karana (A-74)!!! <3 :**: :**: So exciting about all the new fuzzies!!
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