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Santa Cruz Island Update May 2014
Topic Started: Jun 1 2014, 09:46 AM (1,825 Views)
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As expected, May has been a very busy month on the island. Many of our Peregrine nests are getting to be banding age and some are even approaching their fledge date. Peregrines generally fledge (leave the nest for the first time) at about 42 days old and we have several nests with nestlings over 30 days old. We have now banded about half of our active Peregrine nests this year.

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The male peregrine at the Ghirini Knife Edge territory

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A peregrine from Punta Gorda territory. It is about to stoop on Jim as he enters the eyrie for banding. Nest entries are inherently stressful to the birds so we make it a priority be as quick and safe as possible. After a nest entry, we make a point to check the territory more frequently in the following days to make sure we are not negatively affecting the success of the nest. These birds seem to have pretty short memories in that regard and we have not attributed any nest failures to nest entries.

On the Bald Eagle side of things, we have completed all of our planned nest entries for banding this season. Last week we went down to the Pelican Harbor nest (now in Chinese Harbor) with the adults K-10 and K-26. We banded their 2 nestlings which were in great condition.

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We watched from our boat while K-26 went fishing in Chinese Harbor

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Can you spot Jim? And the nest?

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Jim at the nest, gathering the eaglets

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The crew working up the nestlings

Earlier in the week we went in to the Cueva Valdez eagle nest when we decided that it was likely that the nestling had fallen out of the nest. We found it at the base of the nest tree in good health.
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The adults were clearly still caring for it and feeding it. They had brought some nesting material down to the ground and were defending the area. We gave the nestling a quick physical and left it where we found it as we did not have the equipment to climb the tree. We returned about a week later with the necessary gear and were able to band the nestling and put it back up in the nest.

On the other side of the island, the Malva Real pair have successfully fledged A-91. A-91 is the first fledge on the island for the season and appeared to be doing well. We were only able to watch it briefly before it flew out of sight towards the coastline.

We expect to confirm the Fraser point nestlings have fledged as well. We last checked early last week and both nestlings appeared on the verge of fledge.

Thanks to all for the continued support and interest. We will have more updates coming soon hopefully along with some photos of this year's cohort of eagles.
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kathieov13
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>O< Fantastic photos and another wonderful update. What a nice surprise at Pelican Harbor - twins. Can you please tell me what the bling numbers are for the PH chicks and also the Fraser chicks? Thanks.
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sunnyland7
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Hi IWS crew -
Great report! /
Good your peregrines are doing well1
Love the eagles
So great about the Pelican Harbor at Chinese Harbor and their chicks
WOW! About the Cueva Valdez eaglet on the ground okay
:><: K91 fledge :><:
Appreciate your work
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Tiger
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Great update. Thank you. Great to see K10 and K26 with two healthy eaglets.

MIB
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KareninSoCali
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So wonderful to see that K10 and K26 are parents again this year with 2 healthy eaglets! Looking forward to the time when we can again watch them on cam. If they will just stay put! rofl Such nomads those 2!

Peregrines are so beautiful and am glad things are going well with them on the islands again. Beautiful pics!

Thanks so much for another wonderful update! IWS ROCKS!!
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JoJo
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Thank you Crew for a great update. And especially on K10 and K26. Sure do miss them. Would sure like to know the guess on the sexes and what their IDs are.

Thanks
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SoCal Lady
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WoW! Magnificent photo of the Male Peregrine. <3 Very nice to know they are doing so well on the Islands. HIP HIP HOORAY for K10 & K26...2 beautiful robust chicks this year. <3 <3

So interesting about the Cueva Valdez that the parents cared for it while on the ground and provided new nesting material while it was there. These Eagle parents never cease to amaze us. :wub:

Soar A91...but not too far from home...you still need more feeding help from Mom and Dad. :D
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ojailala
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WOW… Kings Win….
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PearlBailey
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Such a wonderful update - and I'm THRILLED to hear the Pelican Harbor pair had a successful nest this year. Thanks for the fantastic photos! They're truly spectacular.

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klemon
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What a wonderful report. So nice to see the Pelican Harbor pair with 2 this year. How wonderful is that? Peregrine pictures are just beautiful. Thanks for all you and the crew do for us.

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<3 and soar mighty young ones soar. :<<o>>:
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river
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:><:

Pelican Harbor pair had two successful chicks :8O: 2 rofl

Love, love, love this update !!

Thanks as always IWS... <3
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Naturegal
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Super update and photos :><: Great news about K-10 and K-26 having 2 ^"^ ^"^ this year >O< The peregrines are truly beautiful <3 Thanks for all you do to keep us so well informed :Hugs:
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canyonfran
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What gorgeous pictures of the peregrine male and the the eagles, including the eaglet that fell out of the nest. It's great you could put it back into it's nest but would it have been okay on the ground? or too many predators and harder to learn how to fly? Just curious.

Thank you for all your hard work, truly a unique team! You are the best!

( Fly_home) on eagle nest chat. :D
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cdn-cdn
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Thank you so much for this wonderful update including the fantastic pictures.
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Patti
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Thanks for the great Update!

Really happy that K10 & K26 have two healthy eaglets!

How did Dr. Sharpe band them? Male? Female?
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