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Conclusion: Season 2015/2016; Bald Eagles on the Channel Islands
Topic Started: Aug 23 2016, 09:18 PM (1,154 Views)
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Conclusion: All Eagles All The Time: Season 2015/2016.


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

.......................................................................The Fraser Point 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 Fraser Point Eagles were harassed by a Golden Eagle and did not nest and the Two Harbors Nest failed.

In April 2016 another nestcam came online the Bald Canyon Nest on San Clemente Island.


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 Babyís Harbor Nest .. Cueva Valdez Nest .. Malva Real Nest .. Fry's Harbor Nest .. Pelican Harbor Nest and the Smugglers Cove 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.



This was another 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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Babyís Harbor Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-68/male & A-27/female


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In March the IWS Crew confirmed that A-27 and A-68 were incubating at their historic nest site in a remote canyon on the north coast and in April they confirmed that two chicks had hatched.


Hatch Dates: April 2016.


Banded: May 27, 2016 ... Wingbling Number A-66 /male ... Official Name: Jim and Wingbling Number A-99/female ... Official Name: Corazon


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A66 on left - A-99 on right.



Fledge Dates: Unknown
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Bald Canyon Nest - San Clemente Island.


K-76/male & A-32/female


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This pair have only been together since 2014. Last season they successfully raised two chicks.

On the April 18, 2016 Catalina Update Dr Sharpe informed us that he had been working on getting a new cam online from this nest.
They had started work on it in December and it involved 3 transmission links, two of which were 14 and 30 miles long!

The cam came online on April 12 after Dr. Sharpe spent a few hours working with Nicole on San Clemente Island via radio to set up a new antenna for it. The camera had no audio or night vision, but they did have two chicks on the nest.

April 15th the IWS were still waiting upon the final Ok from the Navy to stream the cam live.

April 23rd we saw the family together on the nest. K-76 has lost both his wing-blings and A-32 just has her right one.

Video by Cumbrian:
Bald Canyon Family Four


During the rest of April and into May we watched the chicks being well cared for by both parents. Lots of fish deliveries to the nest and both adults dual feeding their chicks.

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We looked forward to viewing banding day but that didnít happen.


Hatch Dates: April 9th and 11th, 2016.


Not Banded: Unable to access the Island during Banding period.


Fledge Dates: Unknown.


In June this was posted on the IWS Facebook page: " Two antennas for the Bald Canyon nest malfunctioned and they are in an area that we cannot access. Therefore, I've turned off a large antenna that was the connection between Catalina and San Clemente that was draining the batteries on Catalina."

So unfortunately we lost this cam. It would have been super to watch them fledge .. stay safe eaglets.
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Cueva Valdez ... aka Hazards Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-00/male & A-74/female * Change of mate


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Early February the IWS Crew confirmed A-00 was in his territory.

At the end of February/beginning of March the pair had been seen regularly in their area but the Crew didnít know where they were nesting.

The pair were not mentioned again on the SC Updates until April when the Crew posted that the nest had failed.

Apparently A-16 had been replaced by a new, young female A-74 (Information found on Annie Littleís Final 2016 Channel Islands Bald Eagle Summary) .. the pair should have still been incubating egg/s but their nest was empty. ( Added this information, found on the 2016 15th Annual Report, in May 2017 - the adults were found incubating eggs on March 31st, but the nest had failed by April 18th.)

The Crew chalked it up to lack of nesting experience.

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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In early March Dr. Sharpe found this pair were using the same nest in a boulder field as in the past two years and had two eggs. It was hoped that this year would be their first successful hatching.

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By the end of March there was only one egg remaining.

Because the female had difficulty laying down and standing up off the egg, likely due to an old injury, this was making incubation difficult for her.

Early April the nest had failed.

Although K-03 seems to have had a problem with her right leg for the past two seasons that impacts her incubation, she seems fully functional in all other aspects of her life.

We can only hope that things will improve and that next season will be a better one for this pair.


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Fraser Point - Santa Cruz Island.


A-64/male & A-49/female


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There has never been a camera on this nest, but because the PH pair .. K-10 & K-26 .. kept changing nests and eluding the IWS Crew Dr. Sharpe decided to remove the camera from their nest and install it on this one providing that The Nature Conservancy, which owns about 76% of Santa Cruz Island, gave him permission.

The reason for a camera on the Fraser Point Nest?

ď 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.Ē

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.

So we were all excited when the cam came online on December 20, 2015. It didnít look as though the pair had done any nestorations but they still had time before eggs were expected. Unfortunately there was a problem with the antenna so the cam went offline again until January 8th, 2016.

Mid January A-49 started to visit her nest but A-64 must still have been on vacation.

In early February A-60 .. the Grassland Chick .. second natural hatch in 2006 .. checked out the nest a couple of times .. he was alone.

Then a few days later an intruder buzzed A-49 on her nest.

February 18th a Golden Eagle landed on the nest!

Video by Cumbrian:
FP: A Golden Eagle Visits Cruzí Nest!


Cruz started to spend more time on the nest .. during the day and night supposedly to send the Golden Eagle the message that the nest was taken!

On February 26th both A-64/Spirit and A-49/Cruz were on the nest working together and bringing in nesting material.

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Stills taken off video by Eagle Duo/Jann.

Video by Eagle Duo:
FP - Welcome Home, Spirit! ☆ Better Late Than Never!

This was the only time we saw A-64 this season but the IWS Crew saw the pair flying together along the coast a little to the east of the nest area at the end of February beginning of March.

They also reported seeing the Golden Eagle in the Fraser Pairís territory. It wasnít giving up and moving on even after Cruz nearly got it on March 8th.

Video by Eagle Duo:
FP - Cruz vs Golden Eagle - Real Time & SloMo


We are hoping that A-64 just took off again and didnít get into an altercation with the Golden. Cruz was sure defending her nest throughout April, May, June and July against it.

So instead of watching our beloved pair this season raising another family .. they didnít get the chance to nest due to this harassment!

This was posted on the IWS Facebook page on 6/28/16.

"We are aware that a golden eagle has been seen/heard in the vicinity of the Fraser Point bald eagle nest on Santa Cruz Island since February. We could not attempt to trap and remove it from the vicinity of a potentially active bald eagle nest until after the breeding season. We are now working with The Nature Conservancy, the Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Montrose Trustees to evaluate options for trying to trap and remove the golden eagle from the island, if it does not leave on its own now that its potential breeding season also has ended."


Letís hope next season things will be back to normal at this nest!
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Fry's Harbor - Santa Cruz Island.


A-46/male & Unbanded/female


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Early February the IWS Crew confirmed that A-46 was in his territory and by late February/early March the pair were incubating.

Hereís A-46 on incubation duty. The Crew waited for him to re-position but the egg/s were too deep in the bowl to count. As this pair had yet to produce chicks everyone was hoping for a successful season.

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In April the Crew advised us that the pair had hatched their egg/s but they were unsure how many chicks were on the nest.

On the next Update in May we were informed that unfortunately, this nest appeared to have failed.

Sad News!

Hopefully they will be more successful next year.



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Lopez Canyon - Santa Rosa Island.


A-69/male & A-43/female


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The IWS Crew checked out this nest in February and found the pair were already incubating.

Early March incubation continued and when the Crew made their next tour in the middle of the month they were excited to report there was a few days old chick on the nest.

They continued to monitor the nest during April and the chick appeared to be doing well and soon it was Banding Day.


Hatch Date: March, 2016


Banded: May 2, 2016 ... Wingbling Number A-65/female ... Banding


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At the end of May the eaglet was still in the nest.

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Fledge Date: June 2016.


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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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This pair are usually early nesters but in late February they had not laid eggs yet but were observed by the IWS Crew improving their historic nest in preparation.


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In March the Crew reported that the pair .. despite doing nestorations on it .. were not using this nest and it looked like they had relocated.


Hopefully next year their new nest will be found and the pair will have a successful season.


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MR - Middle Ranch Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-00/ Male - A-37/female


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Last season A-37 did not nest as she did not have a mate.

On his July 6, 2015 Catalina 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


In March it was confirmed that K-00 the former Twin Rocks male, had paired up with the resident female on the MR nest. IWS couldnít confirm her ID but she was most likely still A-37.

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The pair had an egg on February 24th but had lost it by March 2nd.

Video by Eagle Guy:
Middle Ranch Pair


They were seen bonding again on March 19th and carrying nest material to the nest a few days later but no further eggs were laid.

Hopefully the pair will remain together and will be more successful next year.


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OC - Oak Canyon Nest - Anacapa Island.


A-21/male & A-11/female


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On April 8th the IWS Crew surveyed Anacapa Island to check on the Oak Canyon bald eagles .. and it appeared that they were incubating eggs.

However on her Final 2016 Channel Islands Bald Eagle Summary on June 28, 2016, Annie Little stated that it was unknown if chick(s) hatched, but the nest failed.



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PH - Pelican Harbor Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


K-10/male & K-26/female


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Reported on the Santa Cruz Island Update: February 29-March 8, 2016.

ďOn Monday, Feb. 29th, Dr. Sharpe and Leslie surveyed the area around Pelican Bay where the Pelican Harbor birds originally nested to see if they had made a new nest in the canyon because they were being seen in the area. No luck. After dropping Leslie off at the pier to head back to Ventura, Dr. Sharpe hiked out to the area near Chinese Harbor where the Pelican birds were last known to have nested in 2014. Unfortunately he found the birds, incubating in the 2014 nest where the camera system had recently been removed and moved to Fraser Point. At least we can monitor this nest more easily than we could the Fraser Point nest.Ē

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One of the Pelican Harbor birds incubating.


This pair are obviously camera shy. They probably watched the Crew dismantling the camera and then decided that they would reuse that nest this season!

In March they were observed still incubating but on April 22, during his Q & A session on the Live Chat, Dr. Sharpe stated that their nest had failed.

Sad News!


We hope that next season will be more successful for this beloved pair.


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PR - Pinnacle Rock Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


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


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Due to the heat waves Dr. Sharpe was unable to identify the eagles but he was able to confirm they had one egg on February 23.

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Another egg was laid and on April 4 when the nest was checked there were 2 healthy chicks, both fighting each other and neither backing down!

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Here's K-88 delivering prey to his chicks at the time of banding.

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Captured off the 15th Annual Report.


Hatch Dates: April 2016.


Banded: May 19, 2016 ... Wingbling Numbers K-66/female & K-68/male


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Thanks to Annie Little for this photo of the PR chicks.

Fledge Dates: Unknown
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RC - Rattlesnake Canyon Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-80/male & K-47/female


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This pair had their first egg of the season on February 25.
Dr. Sharpe saw K-80 with it but due to the weather and trips to other islands he was unable to revisit the nest to confirm the femaleís ID or check for more eggs.

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On April 5 one chick was observed on the nest.

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RC Chick


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Hatch Date: April 2016.


Banded: May 20, 2016 ... Wingbling Number K-69/male .. Official Name: Thor


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Fledge Date: June 24, 2016.

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SC - Sauces Canyon Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-40/male & A-48/female


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The pair made a few visits to their nest in September and October. In November and December they started bringing in nesting material and then throughout January they really worked together on nestorations.

Their first egg of the 2016 Season was laid on February 1st. We had confirmation and first sight of the egg at 3:18pm.

On February 4th, through observing the adults' behaviour during the morning, it appeared that they may have lost their egg. The camera was offline from 8:50am until 5:20pm when both adults were observed on the nest and A-48 went to the bowl and started to incubate. At 7:30pm an egg was confirmed in the bowl.

Posted on the IWS FaceBook page: "It appeared that the Sauces eagles lost their first egg this morning, but are now incubating again, so it is likely that another egg was laid during the day when the camera was out."

Two eggs were confirmed in the bowl on February 8th .. another egg had been laid on February 7th.

Posted 2/8/16 on the IWS Facebook page: "It looks like the third egg of the season was laid between 6:22 pm and 7:06 pm on 2/7."

Now the waiting and watching began.


Hatch Dates: One egg on March 12/16 and the second egg on March 14/16 .... Happy Hatchday - Chick #1
............................................................................................................................... Happy Hatchday - Chick #2

We were thrilled. These were A-48ís first chicks and she barely took a break from them. A-40 was a good provider and the chicks grew fast.


Banded: April 30, 2016. ... Wingbling Numbers *A-62/male ... Official Name: Isleno & A-63/male ... Official Name: Whisk

* Banded as a Female .. Blood tests confirmed Male.


................ <::: Banding Day Videos ....... ..................:clk: Santa Cruz Island Update: May 2, 2016 :clk:


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Cumbrianís nest photo received from the IWS.



Fledge Date: Both on the same day. May 30, 2016
.................... A-62 @ 3:56pm & A-63 @ 4:44pm


<::: Fledge Videos


<::: Video by casino7: SC - 2016 Season Tribute


This has been a very successful year at the Sauces Canyon Nest.

It has been wonderful to watch a new Mom interact with her eaglets and the siblings with each other. A-40 enjoyed having chicks on the nest again.



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