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Conclusion: Season 2014/2015; Bald Eagles on the Channel Islands
Topic Started: Aug 23 2015, 11:20 PM (1,578 Views)
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Conclusion: All Eagles All The Time: Season 2014/2015.


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 the Pelican Harbor Eagles did not return to the nest they used last season and the Sauces Canyon Nest failed.


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 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 .. Los Piños Nest and two new nests at Baby’s Harbor and Smugglers Cove 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.


There was also a suprising update on the San Clemente Island Nest that was located last year.



This was a mixed season with highs and lows.


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


Find out all about the nests on the ... Meet the Adult Pairs: 2007 - 2014 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 and the Nest Observations/ Nest Watch folks for their photos and videos used in this thread.

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Baby’s Harbor Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-68/male & A-27/female


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Last season the IWS Crew spotted A-27 .. originally from the Sauces Canyon nest .. with A-68 around Lady’s Harbor and Baby’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island and it was hoped they would nest this year.

In March they found their nest at Baby’s Harbor and A-27 was incubating.

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Baby's Harbor nest and A-27

In April the Crew were able to confirm there was one chick about a week old in the nest.

May was banding time on Santa Cruz Island but this chick was still too young, so the Crew returned to the nest on June 7th to band him.


Hatch Date: April 2015.


Banded: June 7, 2015 ... Wingbling Number A-56 /male ... Official Name: Phoenix ... Banding


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Fledge Date: Confirmed in July 2015.


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Bald Canyon Nest - San Clemente Island.


K-76/male & A-32/female


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Last season on the Catalina Update: June 1-15, 2014 Maria posted some exciting news.
On San Clemente Island, they had been getting reports of eagle activity from their IWS San Clemente counterpart Justyn Stahl that A-32 was seen again on Clemente but this time, she was seen carrying nesting material!

The nesting material was carried to a new nest that is right next to an old nest. This new nest can only be seen via boat. She was seen carrying sticks, grass and even kelp.

The first A-32 sighting did not reveal a male. The latest sighting did! She was seen with K-76.

A-32 was the original ‘Lady in Blue’ ( reference to her blue wing blings) .. paired with K-93 at the Thompson Reservoir Nest .. now known as Middle Ranch Nest. They were together from 2007 to 2009. No eggs were laid during this time.

So it was exciting to read on the Catalina Update. April 13-24, 2015 that the nest on San Clemente Island now had two chicks in it.

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Hatch Date: April 2015.


Banded: May 2015 ... Orange Leg Band Numbers 5D /male ... Official Name: Ethan & 5M /female ... Official Name: Koko


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...................... The chicks got orange leg bands. No wing markers.



Fledge Date: Unknown.



Posted on the IWS Facebook Page June 8th, 2015: These two bald eagle nestlings were the first to be banded in a nest on San Clemente Island. The size of the nest suggests it has been used in prior years and these are likely not the first eaglets produced at this location.

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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 saw the pair together and in early March they confirmed that they were incubating eggs at the same nest location they used in 2013. It is nestled deep in a large oak tree and can be seen perfectly from their favorite perch on the coast.

However on the next update at the end of March beginning of April the Crew reported that the nest had failed.


Sad News!


We hope that next season will be a better one for this pair.
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Empire Quarry Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-51/male & K-03/female


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


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On her Catalina Update: Nesting Season 2015. Maria posted “This pair was first seen courting in 2013. They were able to establish a territory for the 2014 nesting season in the Empire area after fighting off the neighboring Twin Rocks pair. Last year, they were not successful for unknown reasons but they are back at it again this year in the same area!”

The nest was checked throughout February and the pair were seen in the area but it wasn’t until March 5th that K-03 was observed incubating a single egg.

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Every time the IWS Crew checked the nest only one egg was observed until April 6th when a second egg was seen. It must have been there the whole time, just hidden!

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On April 28th the pair were still incubating the 2 eggs that were now 4 weeks past their hatch date.

The Crew continued to monitor the nest weekly and eventually on May 19th they found the adults had abandoned the nest.


Sad News. The pair did try .. they incubated their eggs well past the hatch dates of early April.


On her Final 2015 Bald Eagle Yearly Summary Annie Little/Anibird, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist stated that K-03 had an injured leg and may not have been able to incubate properly.


Hopefully they will be more successful next year.
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Fraser Point - Santa Cruz Island.


A-64/male & A-49/female


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In early February the IWS Crew checked on this pair and found them defending their territory from Ravens and adding material to last year’s nest.

By the middle of February they were incubating and at the end of March / beginning of April there was a chick about one week old on the nest.


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When the Crew checked the nest again during Aprill they were surprised to see there were two nestlings!


Hatch Dates: March/April 2015.


Banded: May 11, 2015 ... Wingbling Number A-54 /female ... Official Name: Chanita & her *Untagged sister ... Official Name: Takoda ... Banding


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* Too small for a wing-bling. Federal Leg Band Only # 709-03074.



Fledge Dates: A-54 .. confirmed in June 2015.
.................... Untagged .. confirmed in July 2015.


When A-54/Chanita fledged Takoda was still in the nest but was by now fully feathered. The Crew observed her flying around the nest canyon in July.

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The untagged younger female at Fraser.
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Fry's Harbor - Santa Cruz Island.


A-46/male & ?/female


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A-24 the original female was found deceased on October 7, 2014.


In February the IWS Crew’s first boat scouting adventure was very fruitful. A-46 had found a new female, who has yet to be identified,
and they confirmed that they were incubating.

During March and into April incubation continued. The Crew confirmed that the female is completely lacking in jewelry (no tags or bands) so they cannot be sure where she came from.

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A-46 and unknown female in flight together.

Unfortunately on their next update, in mid April, the Crew reported that whilst they were not yet 100% positive, due to their location, they thought the nest had failed.

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Fry’s Pair spotted in May 2015.


We hope that the pair will stay together and that next season will be a better one for them. :X:
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Lopez Canyon - Santa Rosa Island.


A-69/male & A-43/female


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


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On their second tour on Santa Rosa Island at the end of February the IWS Crew were happy to find the adults were incubating at this nest.

Throughout March incubation continued and in early April the Crew were excited to report that two chicks had hatched! The chicks were tiny and it was estimated that they were between 7 - 9 days old when Anna checked the nest.

The Crew continued to monitor the nest and the chicks appeared to be growing and doing well.

On Banding Day in May the Crew were surprised to find that A-39 the male on this nest since 2011 had been replaced by A-69. Also there was only one chick on the nest. Most of the season, they thought they saw a second in the nest, but were too far away to tell for sure.


Hatch Date: April, 2015


Banded: May 2015 ... Wingbling Number A-50/male ... Official Name: Nimoy .... Banding


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Fledge Date: 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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Early February the IWS Crew explored the El Tigre Ridge area hoping to figure out if the Los Piños Pair were still around. There was no sign of them.

We are assuming that it is still A-45 who is the male on this nest as he has lost both his wing-blings.

There was no information about this pair or their nest on any of the IWS Updates until May 12th.

That was Banding Day at the new Smuggler’s nest and the Crew discovered that the adult female of the territory is A-51

So ... have the Los Piños Pair taken over the Smuggler’s Cove Pair’s Territory?

Or ... is A-51 now with A-58 the original Smuggler’s male?

Guess we will have to wait until next season for the answer to these questions!
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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 are consistently among the earliest nesters on Santa Cruz Island .. they were already incubating in February .. and during the first week in March the IWS Crew confirmed that they had at least one nestling less than a week old. K-11 was observed delivering a large silver fish to the nestling while A-35 watched nearby.

All seemed well but on their next tour .. March 17th to the 24th .. the Crew could not see the chick on the nest and the parents were observed being very vocal almost as if mourning the loss.

James did observe them copulate so there was a very slim chance they could lay another egg.

This did not happen.


Sad News!


Hopefully they will be more successful next year.
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MR - Middle Ranch Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


No Male - A-37/female


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On her Catalina Update: Nesting Season 2015. Maria posted “ In 2014 K-88 became the new male in the Middle Ranch Territory. At the end of the 2014 season, K-88 was seen back on Clemente Island, where he was originally and regularly seen. He has not returned and a new male has not paired up with A-37.

A-37 is still seen almost daily in the Middle Ranch Territory. Last year, she dropped one tag. Last month, she dropped the other tag. “

In March A-37 wasn’t around her nest area much and it was thought she may be out looking for a new mate .. or may have found one and moved to another location. But she soon returned and this season did not nest.

K-88 is now the male on the Pinnacle Rock nest.

June 2nd K-00 the Twin Rocks male was spotted at the Middle Ranch reservoir.

On his July 6th Catalina Island Update Eagle Guy/ Dr. Sharpe reported that K-00 was still visiting or staying at Thompson Reservoir in the Middle Ranch territory.

Video by Eagle Guy:
K-00 at Middle Ranch


Hopefully he and A-37 will stay together and reproduce successfully next year, because K-00 has been unsuccessful at the Twin Rocks territory since he arrived several years ago.
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OC - Oak Canyon Nest - Anacapa Island.


A-21/male & A-11/female


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On March 28th Dr. Sharpe and James (one of the Santa Cruz biologists) boarded the “Retriever” in Ventura Harbor and headed out to Anacapa Island. Using the boat captain’s high tech image stabilizing binoculars they were able to see both adults on this nest on West Anacapa and determined that one was either incubating or brooding.

On April 30th Dr.Sharpe and Jessica (from San Miguel) conducted another boat survey aboard the “ Retriever”. They saw one adult who appeared to be sitting higher than on the last visit in March. So there were probably chicks on the nest, which the Crew hoped would be seen on their next visit.

On her Final 2015 Bald Eagle Yearly Summary Annie Little/Anibird stated that a chick was seen in the nest on June 1 .. but they were unable to determine if there were more .. and due to restrictions on access to the nest due to nesting seabirds the chick/s would not be banded.


So 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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..... 2014 Nest.


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Last season the adults did not use the 2012 nest choosing to use another new nest close by. It was too late to move the camera from the old to the new nest .. which was great as the nest observers saw both A-92 and A-98 .. last year’s fledglings .. visiting that old nest and K-26 too before the camera stopped working on July 24th 2014.

Last November a new camera was installed on the 2014 nest and we watched for the adults to return for nestorations. This didn’t happen even on the very windy days which this pair love working in.

We knew they were still in the area as we could hear them and sometimes caught a flyby or two.

In February the IWS Crew started to search for the pair. They had seen them spending a lot of time near Pelican Bay so they hiked through the area to see if they could get a glimpse of them. Instead they observed from a distance K-10 flying above Chinese Harbor closer to the 2014 nest.

So they tried observing last year’s nest area. Nate and Ivett observed the area for a few hours and only saw the silhouette of a Bald Eagle on Coche Point. Just as they were driving away they spotted the pair perched on a cliff face West of Prisoner’s Harbor. They watched them long enough to at least be sure that they hadn’t started incubating yet. Finding their new nest location this year was going to take some work!

During March the Crew found a new stick construction in their territory near one of their historic nest sites and they had high hopes that they would be using it soon.

April and the Crew were still searching for a possible nest! They did see both adults in flight above the Pelican Bay area at the same time which would suggest that if they did have an active nest, it was probably at the nestling stage.

By the end of April into May the Crew reported on their Update “ We had some very informative observations of the Pelican pair this week that have led us to believe that they do not have an active nest this year. They are still hanging around together in the Pelican Bay area and having the occasional territorial dispute with the Fry's Harbor eagles.”


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K-26 scanning her territory


So .. once again K-10 and K-26 have eluded the IWS Crew and disappointed us with not nesting this season.

We may not have another opportunity to watch this camera shy pair online if Dr. Sharpe follows through on what he told the chatters on the All Cam Chat Site on July 1st when asked if he was going to update the PH Camera?

His answer “ No, I'm going to remove the PH cams and use them on other nests. One will go to Sauces and hopefully one will be put on Fraser Point, if TNC gives us permission “

TNC is The Nature Conservancy, which owns about 76% of Santa Cruz Island.

The reason for a camera on the Fraser Point Nest?

“ It would be a more relevant nest because it would be the nest of the first chick to hatch on the Channel Islands in over 50 years.”

Dr Sharpe is referring to A-49 aka Princess Cruz who hatched on the PH nest in 2006 and is now paired with A-64 on the Fraser Point nest.

Those of us who watched her growing into a beautiful eaglet and watched and waited a week for her return to her nest after she fledged will be delighted if this happens.

Hopefully her parents will be more cooperative next season and the Crew will be able to find them and keep us updated.
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PR - Pinnacle Rock Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-88/male & K-56?.. unbanded/female


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On her Catalina Update: Nesting Season 2015. Maria posted “ We have not confirmed the pair yet so stay tuned. We know that one has tags and one does not. Sometimes, it is during banding that we are able to confirm ID’s by taking really great photographs of their leg bands while being dive bombed! This pair has spruced up their nest better than I have ever seen for this territory. Usually, it is just “thrown together”. This year, the nestorations are very clear. “

On February 17th this nest was checked by the IWS Crew, The untagged adult was on the nest but the mate was not.

February 24th there was now an egg on the nest and the male was incubating. The Crew was surprised to see it was K-88 who was the male at the failed Middle Ranch nest last season. The female arrived after a few minutes and she has no wing markers and they were unsure if she has leg bands. They hoped as the season progressed she would be ID.

K-73 was the male at this nest since 2012. He left the island after the breeding season last year and travelled north. Sadly, on October 16, 2014 he was found deceased underneath a power line near Glenwood, WA.

By February 26th there were two eggs on the nest. But on March 4th the pair were back to only one. So apparently one broke or got buried.

April 2nd there was food on the nest, a good indication that a :^: is hatching or has hatched. As the Crew watched K-88 stood and revealed a 1-2 day old chick.

On April 22nd the Crew saw a nest switch and the untagged female arriving with a fish. Then her feeding the chick.


Posted Image.................. Video of Mom feeding her chick.

So all was going well until Tuesday, April 28th when the nest was checked again and both adults were perched on the side of the nest pinnacle and in the shade. Maria watched for an hour but could not see the chick on the nest. When both adults flew off and did not return she returned to the office to report to Dr. Sharpe that it looked like the chick must have fallen out of the nest.

Very sad news.

RIP :candle: :^^^: :candle:
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RC - Rattlesnake Canyon Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-80/male & K-47/female


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On her Catalina Update: Nesting Season 2015. Maria posted “They are currently using last year’s nest which is located in the Catalina Island Marine Institute’s camp. This location is surprising due to the amount of people traffic and noise. This year we had wondered if they would return to the more remote location of the 2013 nest (which also has a camera on it), but they did not. The positive side is that the school kids that attend the camp get to see a wild bald eagle’s nest up close! Talk about an early science education!”


Early February the pair were working on nestorations. At the end of February K-47 was incubating an egg and by March 3rd there were two eggs on the nest.


April 2nd their first egg had hatched and on April 3rd there were two healthy chicks on the nest.

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K-47 with day old chick


The chicks grew fast well cared for by their parents and soon it was Banding Day.

The exciting thing about this nest is that it is in the Catalina Island Marine Institute's camp!

During banding, the camp counselors (they are all science majors in college) and many campers were watching and asking questions. This year, the Crew held the birds so that the campers could get a closer look!

It’s always a pleasure to show kids the wonder of wildlife and perhaps inspire them to also become biologists!



Hatch Dates: April 2015


Banded: May 13, 2015 ... Orange Leg Band Numbers 5R /male ... Official Name: Mica & 5G/female ... Official Name: Golwin ... Banding


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The nestlings here were 6 weeks old at the time of banding. Too young for wing-blings.
The male was banded with a federal leg band on the left leg and an orange leg band on the right.
The female was banded with a federal leg band on the right and an orange leg band on the left.




Fledge Dates: Both fledged in late June 2015.
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