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Conclusion: Season 2013/2014; Anacapa, Catalina, SC & SR Islands Nests
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Conclusion: All Eagles All The Time: Season 2013/2014.


There are four Bald Eagle's Nests on camera .. the Two Harbors Nest and the West End Nest. .. on Santa Catalina Island.

..............................................................The Pelican Harbor Nest and the Sauces Canyon Nest .. on Santa Cruz Island.

We usually follow them from their early Nestorations .. through Bonding .. Eggs/Incubation .. Chicks .. Banding to Fledging.

However due to changes in pairs and also the PH pair changing nests .. again .. TH was the only nest that we were actually able to follow through all the various stages throughout this season.


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 .. Rattlesnake Canyon Nest and the new Empire Quarry 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 and surprising one .. especially when a new pair were spotted building a nest on San Clemente Island in June.


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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..... Nest Tree


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In February the IWS Crew found the pair hanging out together along the shoreline, apparently not yet incubating.

In March they saw them briefly from the boat and had a suspicion they may be incubating, possibly in the nest they used in 2012.
Sure enough, when they hiked out to Hazards/Ceuva Valdez they found one of the adults laying in the older nest, just as they hoped.

This nest tree actually has 2 nests in it, one above the other. The eagle version of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’? They were using the upper level.

In April the Crew were able to confirm at least one chick in the nest.

In May when the Crew checked the nest they found the approx' 6 weeks old nestling had fallen out of the nest and was at the base of the nest tree in good health. 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. The nestling was given a quick physical and then left where she was found as the Crew did not have the equipment at that time to climb the tree.

They returned about a week later with the necessary gear and were able to band the nestling .. who was still too young for a wing-bling so has a Silver Leg Band Only .. and then put her back up in the nest.


Hatch Date: April 2014


Banded: May 30, 2014 ... Untagged/female ... Official Name: alow .... Banding

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..............Too young for a wing-bling.



Fledge Date: Confirmed in July 2014
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Empire Quarry Nest ... originally known as the Cherry Cove Pair - Santa Catalina Island.


K-51/male & K-03/female


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... Empire Pair.............. Empire Nest



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Early February the pair were still being seen in the Cherry Cove area and the IWS Crew were tracking them to see if they had a nest which would make them the newest nesting pair. At that time no nest was found. Then later that month the nest was found!

The pair were regularly seen between Cherry Cove and Fourth of July Cove so naturally, Maria was trying to find their nest in this area. It took her a full day watching for .. then tracking K-51 .. but eventually he and K-03 revealed the area they had chosen as their territory. They were not yet incubating but nestorations were underway.

Late March the pair were on incubation duty ... Posted Image............... Video: Then there were TWO Eggs!
.............................................................. Empire with first egg.

In April everything was going great. At each nest check, there was an adult incubating.
Occasionally, with new pairs, it takes the eagles a little time to figure out what they need to do to be successful. This pair already had it down. The eggs were due to hatch April 21-26.

On April 22nd, K-51 was observed incubating an egg with K-03 perched just a few rocks over watching. On April 24th, K-51 was on incubation duty again but K-03 was nowhere to be seen. Within 10 minutes of Maria's observation, K-51 flew off the nest to expose an egg. By now, the hatching was already late and she started to wonder if something may be wrong.
Less than 2 minutes after K-51 flew from the nest, 2 ravens flew into the Empire nest and immediately broke open the egg. The contents did not appear to contain a chick so most likely the egg had not developed properly for unknown reasons.

Sad News! This nest was the newest edition to the Catalina Island family.

We wish them better luck next year!
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Fraser Point - Santa Cruz Island.


A-64/male & A-49/female


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In February the IWS Crew hiked out to check the nest and it looked like the pair were incubating. One bird on the nest, while the other perched for over 2 hours in the cliffs above. They were never close enough to get tag numbers, so assumed it was A-49 on the nest, while A-64 stood watch.

Early March the pair were still incubating. They laid pretty early this year, so the egg/s were expected to hatch within the next couple of weeks .. and at the end of March at least one chick could be observed on the nest.

The observation point is quite a distance away from this nest, but in April it was confirmed there were :^: :^: now on the nest.

May 5th was Banding Day and when the IWS Crew arrived they found one chick on the ground. Bet s/he was glad to be placed back on the nest afterwards.



Hatch Date: March/April 2014


Wingbling Numbers A-97/male ... Official Name: Maxiwo & **A-98/female ... Official Name: Glory.


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** ( Accidentally tagged as A-98, same as the Pelican Harbor chick)



Fledge Dates: Both fledged sometime in June 2014.

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Fry's Harbor - Santa Cruz Island.


A-46/male & A-24/female


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.............. New Nest found in 2013.


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In February, and again in March and April when the IWS Crew checked on this pair, although they saw one of the adults perched in the nest tree, there was no sign of incubation.

Looks like they decided not to nest this season.

Hopefully they will use their lovely nest next year. :X:

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Lopez Canyon - Santa Rosa Island.


A-39/male & A-43/female


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......Nest Canyon


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The IWS Crew started the season on Santa Rosa Island in February/March, and observed that the Lopez Canyon eagles had a 3 week old chick on their nest!

It is often a challenge for the crew trying to observe the nests on Santa Rosa Island as appropriate observation points are few and far and they only want to disturb the eagle families once .. just during banding time!

With the Lopez nest, they were able to get a far view of the nest, and could see that the heavy rains in April had resulted in part of the nest collapsing .. but they didn’t really know the extent of the damage without getting too close.

Photo of the nest shortly after part of it collapsed, with an anxious parent nearby .. Posted Image

Fortunately, they could also see that the chick in the nest was developing fine over the next few weeks, so when it reached banding age on May 1st they headed out to do the first up-close visit to the nest for banding. As they approached, one of the parents, A-43 was seen circling and vocalizing at an unusually close proximity. And they soon found out why when they reached the nest tree! While there was a big and healthy-looking 8 week old chick in the nest .. there was a SECOND chick .. alive and alert .. on the ground at the base of the nest tree!

This courageous little guy appeared to have spent some time out of the nest, hidden amongst the brush on the slope below the nest tree. Amazingly, not only did this brave chick manage to survive his fall and tumble downslope .. but he also managed to climb several meters up this very steep slope to reach the base of the nest tree, where he could more likely get food dropped to him, and be more sheltered from the elements!

Bet he was glad to be returned to the nest afterwards.



Hatch Dates: March 2014


Banded: May 1, 2014 ... Wingbling Numbers A-93/male ... Official Name: Davy & A-94/male ... Official Name: Connie .... Banding


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Fledge Dates: Unknown.



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Los Piños Nest .. aka Willows - Santa Cruz Island


A-45/male & A-51/female


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.... Nest Canyon ................... Nest Tree.


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We are assuming that it is still A-45 who is the male on this nest.
He lost his left wing-bling in October/November 2012 and now it appears he may have also lost his right one as the IWS Crew report it is an untagged male they see here.

By mid March the crew had checked this nest a few times but the pair appeared to be still nestorating and not incubating.

March 25th they were now incubating at least one egg .. but unfortunately by April 8th the nest had failed.


Sad news! It was hoped that the pair would try again .. but this didn't happen.

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

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Malva Real .. aka Carl's Nest (was Grassland) - Santa Cruz Island.


Untagged male assumed to be K-11 & A-35/female


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Malva Real Canyon................. Nest Tree


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The Malva Real pair were already incubating in early February and on March 3rd a 2-3 day old chick was observed on the nest.

Throughout March & April the IWS Crew observed at least one chick being brooded and s/he was growing fast and looked healthy.



Hatch Date: March 2014


Banded: April 24, 2014 ... Wingbling Number A-91/female ... Official Name: Shania .... Banding


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Fledge Date: Confirmed in May 2014.


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MR - Middle Ranch Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-88/male & A-37/female


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....... Nest Tree.


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K-93, the original male at this nest, was euthanized on October 30, 2013 due to a very bad leg injury.

K-88 was first spotted with A-37 at the beginning of February 2014 perched in a tree on top of the ridge right next to the MR nest tree! Ever since then, they were regularly seen together in the MR territory including in the nest!

K-88 first arrived on Catalina in October 2013 with K-87 (who was the new West End female before being ousted by her nestmate/sister K-91.) When K-93 passed many thought it would be perfect if A-37 and K-88 met. Well, they did!

In early March one egg was being incubated and by March 10th there were 2 eggs on the nest but one was off to the side for unknown reasons. On the 11th, the egg off to the side was broken.

Video by Eagle Guy: Middle Ranch Nest ~ March 10, 2014 .......Posted Image

Video by Eagle Guy: Middle Ranch Nest ~ March 17, 2014 ....... Posted Image


At the end of March the pair were still incubating one egg. Maria posted on her update that " K-88 has been a champ with his first year of breeding with A-37. He is always in attendance and regularly taking his turn incubating. I believe A-37 got lucky!! "

April 13th, on the update, we were given the sad news that the nest had failed around the time of hatching. On Friday, they still appeared to be incubating, but on Saturday morning Eagle Guy/Dr. Sharpe observed K88 in an incubating/brooding posture, but after a short time he stood up and flew off and there was no egg or chick. There may have been some egg remains on the nest, but it was hard to determine for sure from the video.

Video by Eagle Guy: Middle Ranch Nest ~ April 13, 2014



A-37 has been spotted around the reservoir staying close to her nest. But in June K-88 was spotted back on San Clemente Island with K-87.

Time will tell if K-88 will be returning to the Middle Ranch nest for the next season.

We sure hope so!
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OC - Oak Canyon Nest - Anacapa Island.


A-21/male & A-11/female


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.... The Nest


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In March the IWS Crew did manage to swing by the Oak Canyon eagle nest for a couple of quick checks. The pair did appear to be either incubating eggs or brooding young chicks. However, as you can see from the photo below, the nest is a fair distance up a canyon, and only visible from well off-shore.


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The crew were able to get onto East Anacapa (the only part of Anacapa island that regularly
allows visitors) to check on any Peregrine nests .. but they are not allowed to hike to Oak Canyon to observe this nest without permission.

So, as Annie Little/Anibird stated on her Final 2014 Bald Eagle Summary re this nest .. Unknown status. Presence of nesting Cormorants precluded entry to island to band any chicks.


If there were any fledglings this season .. they will remain untagged.


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PH - Pelican Harbor Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


K-10/male & K-26/female


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.... 2012 Nest: Same nest .... different views.

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.................. Nest spotted in July 2013


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In late February the IWS Crew reported that the Pelican Harbor birds K-10 and K-26 had started incubating, both adults were taking turns, but the crew were unable to see how many eggs were in the nest. Possible hatch dates around the last week in March, or possibly early April.

Toward the end of last nesting season, Helen spotted a new nest in the vicinity of the Pelican pair’s 2012 nest. (See photo at the top of the page.) This new nest is only about 100m away from the 2012 nest, and looks to be in a much healthier tree (the old nest tree is mostly dead). It is hoped that they’ll commit to this one for several years, and stop jumping around from nest to nest.

There was no time to put a camera on this nest .. and fortunately the camera was left on the 2012 nest .. more about that later .. it is hoped that they will set up a new camera later this year ready for next season. Hopefully the pair won't decide to move nests on us again!

Incubation continued during March. Early April the crew checked the nest and was able to see at least one :^: The observation point they used for this nest wasn’t high enough above the actual nest to see very well inside the bowl.



Hatch Dates: March/April 2014


Banded: May 29, 2014 ... Wingbling Numbers A-92/male ... Official Name: Liberty & A-98/female ... Official Name: Malibu .... Banding

<::: Video of the PH Eaglets return to their nest


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Fledge Dates: Confirmed in July 2014.


* Normally this is where the history of this season ends ...

The IWS Crew were still monitoring the fledglings .. who do not have radio-transmitters this year, so they’re going to be a bit harder to find once they start exploring further afield .. A-92 & A-98 seemed to be pretty content hanging close to the nest, and still getting regular food deliveries from mom and dad.

Remember I wrote earlier that it was good that the camera was still on the 2012 nest? The reason? On July 16th the nest observers got a surprise when A-92 dropped by for a visit! Then A-98 also visited .. and the icing on the cake was when K-26 delivered food to the nest!

Here is the link to the AEATT PH Nest thread and the videos posted. Just scroll down.

http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCAM/i...post&p=22185014

Unfortunately the camera stopped working on July 24th .. so it is uncertain if they are still visiting the nest now.



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PR - Pinnacle Rock Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-73/male & K-56/female


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Early February the pair were seen doing nestorations. Then they were not seen at all for a couple of weeks and the IWS Crew wondered if they had switched nests.

Early March when the nest was checked there was an adult on the nest shading a single egg .. by the next week's update there were 2 eggs on the nest.

April 10 there was a :^: on the nest! Unfortunately the second egg failed to hatch.

The chick grew fast and soon it was Banding Day.



Hatch Date: April 2014


Banded: June 4, 2014 ... Wingbling Number K-44/male ... Official Name: Arnie .... Banding


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Fledge Dates: Confirmed on July 8th, 2014.



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RC - Rattlesnake Canyon Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-80/male & K-47/female


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Rattlesnake Canyon ........... 2014 Nest


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Early February. K-80 and K-47 decided not to use their previous nest. The IWS Crew scoured the area for their new nest and did not find it!

They found one potential nest near the Catalina Island Marine Institute and though it looked very small, Dr Sharpe remembered that some years ago they did make a nest in this same area and it was just as small.

By mid February the crew had found two potential nest sites! The pair were still hanging out at the Fox Camp site so there was a third potential.

Early March the pair still had not laid .. so it was still uncertain which nest they were going to use.

On March 17th there was One egg and on March 20th there were Two eggs on their nest in the well-established, and actively used, Catalina Island Marine Institute’s cove, Toyon Bay.

This eagle pair were very attentive to each other and of course their eggs! While one adult was incubating the mate was always close at hand, just an eagle call away. Their two eggs were due to hatch April 21-26.

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April 23rd when Maria checked the nest she saw a :^: being fed by K-47. Unfortunately the second egg did not hatch.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 was Banding Day. This banding event was a little different than the others. This time the Catalina Island Marine Institute summer camp counselors were observing the banding! They are all college students that are interested in science and were very excited to be able to witness an eagle banding! The best part for them is that the Rattlesnake nest is actually in their camp! They daily get to see the adults K-80 and K-47 flying into and circling over the camp. Talk about lucky!!



Hatch Date: April 2014


Banded: June 14, 2014 ... Wingbling Number K-46/female ... Official Name: Tiana .... Banding


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On June 26th, when Dr Sharpe/Pete and Maria were working on Hydi’s enclosure DeeDee from the Middle Ranch Office of the Catalina Island Conservancy tracked them down at the enclosures to tell them of an emergency situation. She had received a phone call from the Catalina Island Marine Institute staff that a large branch had fallen from the nest tree and K-46 was now on the ground. They immediately packed up and headed down to the Rattlesnake nest.

When they arrived, CIMI staff escorted them to where K-46 was. On the way, they saw a very large branch on the ground right under the nest tree. The branch had snapped naturally off the tree and the nest itself was still intact.


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.. Nest tree on Banding Day .. June 14, 2014


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After a quick examination of K-46 it was determined that one leg was broken and they suspected the other leg was too .. so she was immediately placed in a padded carrier and Dr Sharpe took her over that afternoon to Dr Weldy, their mainland veterinarian, who confirmed that K-46 had two broken tibias.

Surgery went well on June 27th .. pins were put in place to help her bones heal correctly. Thereafter, she remained at the vet for care.

July 10th 2014, K-46 returned to the island. She still has her pins in place in her legs and they are covered with gauze. They will need to stay in until she is fully healed which also means she will eventually have to return to the mainland vet to have them removed.
K-46 is currently housed in a large enclosure in the IWS office for the rest of her healing process which is estimated to be about four weeks or so.

Posted Image........ <::: Video: RS: K-46 Looking At Her New Surroundings


July 24, 2014, K-46 had a doctor’s appointment with Dr. Denny the local veterinarian for an X-ray. Once the X-rays were taken, Dr. Denny was going to send them to the mainland vet, Dr. Weldy who performed the surgery on K-46.

Dr. Denny said that her pins were in great shape and that nothing has moved which is good. Now they are just waiting to hear back from Dr. Weldy on an estimate of when her pins can come out.

Over all, she is doing good in her recovery.


August 7th we got a surprise when Dr. Sharpe posted this on the IWS Facebook page:

" I will stream a camera on K-46, the Rattlesnake chick that broke both of her legs in a fall from the nest, for a while this afternoon. The pins in her legs are supposed to be removed next week."

So we were able to observe K-46 in her enclosure at the IWS Catalina Office.
We saw her eating and the cam zoomed in on her and later more food was provided and Eagle Guy tried to feed a piece of fish to her using the eagle puppet.

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August 13th Dr. Weldy flew over to the island and removed the pins. K-46 is still being housed in the IWS Office and has a camera monitoring her 24 hours a day. On August 20th she attempted to stand, by the 23rd she was standing firmly on her right foot and doing better on her left which is the weaker one. Later that day, she was able to stand on both feet without her wings out for balance and even stood with one foot on her fish!

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We will be kept informed of her future progress through the Catalina Updates.
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SC - Sauces Canyon Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-40/male & A-48/female


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..... Nest Tree


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It wasn't until January 25th that A-40 .. missing his left wing-bling .. and A-48 .. who still has both of hers .. arrived at their nest to commence nestorations.

They both love branches and there were a lot brought in, we wondered if there would be room for a nest bowl to lay the egg/s.

A-48 laid her first egg on February 15th at 1:38pm. Things were going well until February 22nd when the adults started acting strange and were leaving the egg uncovered for long periods.

On the IWS Facebook page .. this was posted ..

"It looks like the Sauces bald eagles have lost their egg already. Fortunately, when eagles lose their eggs early in incubation they will often try again about a month later. We have had the Pinnacle Rock eagles lay 3 times in a season. The eagles can lay eggs through the end of April, so hopefully we will have another attempt at the Sauces nest."


So .. more bonding took place and more branches arrived .. then on March 16th, A-48 laid another egg .. 2nd clutch .. but an unfortunate accident with a stick caused A-48 to step on and break this egg within a half hour.

From the IWS Facebook:

" The Sauces bald eagles had another egg today, but an unfortunate accident with a stick caused A-48 to step on and break the egg already. Hopefully she'll have another egg in 2-3 days. If not, they could try again in another month."

Although both adults continued to visit the nest .. bringing food and more nesting materials .. A-48 did not lay another egg this season.


We wish them better luck next year!


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SR - Seal Rocks Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-25/male & K-34/female


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..... Nest Tree


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Both adults have lost both of their wing-blings! So the IWS Crew are assuming they are the same pair as previous years at this nest.

Early February the adults were working on their nestorations. By February 11th they were incubating Two Eggs.

On March 17th, the first thing Eagle Guy saw when he checked this nest was that there was food on it. Because the birds don't generally bring food to the nest during incubation, it was a good indication that something had changed. After about an hour, the adult stood up and he got the first look at two chicks, the first to hatch on Catalina this season. They were small, but you can make out their heads moving in the shadows in the lower right portion of the nest in this video.


<::: First View of the Seal Rocks Chicks

Throughout March and April the chicks were well fed and cared for by their parents and soon it was Banding Day!



Hatch Dates: March 2014


Banded: May 9, 2014 ... Wingbling Numbers K-40/female ... Official Name: Julie & K-41/male ... Official Name: Kilakila .... Banding

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Fledge Dates: Both confirmed June 7, 2014.
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