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Conclusion: Season 2016/2017; Bald Eagles on the Channel Islands
Topic Started: Aug 23 2017, 08:52 PM (471 Views)
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Conclusion: All Eagles All The Time: Season 2016/2017.


There are five 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.

.............................................................. The Bald Canyon Nest on San Clemente Island.

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

However the Fraser Point Nest Pair were still being harassed by a Golden Eagle so they moved to new nest in another canyon, the Two Harbors Nest Pair also decided to move to a new nest and at the West End Nest winter storms in February took out the solar panels and batteries responsible for powering the up-close nest camera, so we missed seeing the eggs/chicks. An overlook camera was in place for the rest of the season which allowed us to see the comings & goings of the adults and eventually the fledglings.

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 Baby’s 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.



So this was another mixed season with highs and lows.


Here is a review ... in Alphabetical Order.



Find out all about the nests on the ... Meet the Adult Pairs: 2007 - 2014 thread.
(Since Photobucket changed the terms of use and took away the 3rd Party Hosting most of the photos & nest titles are no longer showing on this thread. To find a nest click on the menu on the second post.)


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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In early March the IWS Crew confirmed that A-68 and A-27 were spending time in their territory.

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A-68 aka Braveheart hatched on the PH nest in 2010 ~ A-27 was originally the female on the Sauces Canyon nest first with A-28 then with A-40.
This pair have been together since 2014 and had their first successful season in 2015.

Later in the month the pair were observed incubating their egg/s and in April two chicks hatched.


Hatch Dates: April 2017.


Banded: June 11, 2017 ... Wingbling Number A-13 /male ... Official Name: Lucky and Wingbling Number A-14/male ... Official Name: Andor


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IWS Photo on their facebook page.



Fledge Dates: Unknown

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Bald Canyon Nest - San Clemente Island.


K-76/male & A-32/female


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On February 22, 2017 .. the camera came back online. It was good to see this pair again.

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. K-76 hatched on the Twin Rocks nest in 2007. They have been together since 2014.

A-32 laid their first egg of this season on March 5, at 6:09pm. We saw it when she rolled it a minute later.

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A second egg was laid on March 8, whilst the camera was down. Posted Image


Hatch Dates: One egg on April 11, 2017 and the second egg on April 13, 2017 .... Happy Hatchday - Chick #1
.................................................................................................................... Happy Hatchday - Chick #2


Banded: May 27, 2017 ... Leg bands only. 01/A (Female) ... Official Name: Keena & 15/A (Male) ... Official Name: Wrigley ... Banding Day Videos


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Photo from IWS video on their facebook page. The chicks got orange leg bands. No wing markers.



Fledge Dates: Wrigley - June 28, 2017 at 5:47am.
.................... Keena - July 2, 2017 at 10:27am.


<::: Wrigley Fledges ~ Keena Fledges



Both fledglings visited their nest frequently to rest and wait for nest service.

Wrigley sometimes arrived first when K-76 delivered to the nest and would take off with the meal before Keena arrived!


July 27 the cam went dark .. antenna went down.
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Cueva Valdez ... aka Hazards Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-00/male & A-98/female * Change of mate?


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In early March the IWS Crew spotted an untagged banded male with A-98 .. a 3rd/4th year female .. in the Cueva Valdez territory. It is unclear if this is still A-00 who has lost his blings or another male.

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To add to the confusion, two females were banded in 2014 with the same number.

# A-98 (F) ... Official Name: Glory .. from the Fraser Point Nest. Santa Cruz Island. AND

# A-98 (F) ... Official Name: Malibu .. from the Pelican Harbor Nest. Santa Cruz Island.

To determine which female was seen in the territory the IWS would have to get a leg band number and they have not been able to do that yet. She will remain a mystery for now.

The pair were still in the area mid-March at the nest that was used in 2014. This nest tree actually has 2 nests in it, one above the other. They were adding nesting material to the upper nest.

In April when the IWS Crew checked they saw the pair flying together for 10 minutes .. they then flew off in different directions.

There were no eggs on the nest. The female may be too young this season.

Maybe next year?

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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 March 22nd Dr. Sharpe checked out the quarry but did not see the Empire Pair.

He did see two birds on the hillside. K-08, the male who was at the Middle Ranch Nest earlier in the month, was with a female carrying an old backpack transmitter. They took off flying. Later K-08 was seen back at the MR nest alone.

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March 23rd Dr. Sharpe checked again at the quarry .. still no sign of the pair. He was going to widen his search for them along the coast and canyons towards the Twin Rocks territory.

On the April 24th Catalina Island Update he confirmed that the Empire birds have disappeared!

K-51 (Class of 2005) .. and K-03 (Class of 2007) .. have been together since 2013. They were originally known as the Cherry Cove Pair.

They became the Empire Pair in 2014 when their nest was found at the quarry.

Although eggs were laid each season from 2014 to 2016 the pair were never successful in hatching them. It was thought that because K-03 had difficulty laying down and standing up off the egg/s, likely due to an old injury, this was making incubation difficult for her.

So maybe they decided to part company.


K-51 has lost both wing markers .. so it will be difficult to ID him with another female unless the IWS can get a photograph of his leg band number.

We hope that both eagles will be spotted in the future .. on or off the Island.



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Fraser Point - Santa Cruz Island.


A-64/male & A-49/female
* NEW NEST FOUND


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Season 2015/2016 was not a successful one here. The pair were unable to nest due to a Golden Eagle Intruder in their territory.

We hoped that this season would be different. However in October we knew the Golden Eagle was still around as we could hear his/her calls. In December the Golden visited the nest.

Video by Eagle Duo:
FP - The Golden Eagle Visits the Nest Again

In January the Golden was chased by a Peregrine Falcon but still stayed around the nest.

On February 11, 2017 the nest collapsed due to the heavy rain and winds in the area.

Video by Maria K.:
FP - The nest fell down

The Golden returned and visited the old nest tree on February 13th.

On February 20th the IWS advised us that the Fraser Point antenna was being used for something else. They might replace it if they got a chance and there was some activity there. The cam link was back on the All Nest Cams Options List on March 7th.

The Golden and the Peregrine stayed in the area .. but we didn't see or hear the eagles.

Then some good news on the SCI Update on March 8th. A-49 had been spotted from the boat. They had also seen the Golden.:(


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Better news on the March 14-21st Update. Both A-64 & A-49 were spotted. NEW Nest Found! They had relocated to another canyon, on the west end, due to the Golden Eagle in their territory. No camera on the new nest.

They had one nestling and were also incubating one/two eggs.

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SCI Update April 18, 2017 .. now have TWO chicks confirmed on their new nest .. maybe three.


On Banding Day in May .. we had confirmation of THREE chicks on the nest. A-49 flew above/around the nest during the bandings.

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Hatch Dates: March 2017.


Banded: May 2017 ... Wingbling Number A-02 /male .. Official Name: Henry, A-03/male .. Official Name: Theos and Wingbling Number A-04/male ... Official Name: Barrett


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FP Chicks after banding. Photo from IWS video on their facebook page.

Video by Eagle Guy: Santa Cruz Banding Update



Fledge Dates: Unknown

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Fry's Harbor - Santa Cruz Island.


A-46/male & Untagged/female


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Early March the IWS Crew checked the nest and told us that the pair were incubating egg(s).

On the SCI Update on April 4th, they confirmed there was one nestling.
A-46 had delivered a fish to the nest which the female claimed and sent Dad on his way whilst she fed their chick. (Seen through the scope.)

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Banding Day was May 24, 2017. The eaglet must have been too small/young as he did not get wing markers.


Hatch Dates: April 2017.


Banded: May 24, 2017 ... Leg bands only. 09/A (Male) .. Official Name: Leo.


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Many thanks to Annie Little/Anibird for her help in obtaining this IWS photo.



Fledge Dates: Unknown



This is K-46’s first chick that has made it to fledging so we are delighted for this pair.

A very successful season!
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Lopez Canyon - Santa Rosa Island.


A-69/male & Untagged female .. may still be A-43
* NEW NEST FOUND


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Nest Tree


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In February the IWS field biologists crew, Sarah and Lily, searched for the Lopez pair but they couldn't find them.

The nest the pair had used last year had collapsed so the search was on for their new nest.

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They searched almost the entire island looking for these eagles .. but only caught a couple of brief sightings of them near their old nesting canyon. Finally, on March 6th, they found the NEW nest with the incubating male inside! This nest was unused last year but discovered by someone named Tony - Thanks Tony!

The eagles gave the Crew a show with a delivery of nest building materials and a flashy nest exchange. They also flew close enough to verify that they were the Lopez birds. At least we know the male is A-69 but the female is untagged. She likely just lost her wingbling, but could possibly be a different female.

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March 16th, when the nest was checked, the female was on incubating duty and remained on the nest for the entire observation period while the male went out to hunt. To Sarah and Lily's delight, he brought a fish back to the nest tree, but then ate the whole thing himself! Look closely and you will see the fish in his talons.

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On their next tour, at the end of March beginning of April, the Crew were delighted to find a chick on the nest! The female was feeding the chick, then the male joined them and perched in the nest tree and the female moved back in close to brood the young eaglet.

The chick was much more active on their next tour, moving about the nest, and even flapping its little fluffy wings.

At the end of April the chick was alone on the nest when the crew arrived to check it but the adults arrived whilst they were observing.

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On May 16th the Crew spent the day with Dr. Sharpe banding the chick.
Dr. Sharpe geared up and climbed into the tree to remove the eagle for banding. Several measurements were taken and they deduced that the chick was a feisty female. They returned her safely to her nest with new patagial tags A07.

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Hatch Date: March/April 2017.


Banded: May 16, 2017 ... Wingbling Number A-07 /female .. Official Name: Eva.


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Capture taken off the SRI Update.



Fledge Date: Unknown


In June, on their last tour of the season to check the nest, A-43 followed the IWS Crew all the way from the ATV several miles down to the viewpoint for the nest. After a couple hours a peregrine darted into the scene and began diving at the female eagle. She would flip over in the air and stick her talons up towards the peregrine as it swooped and hovered above her.

Although they could not find the fledgling, the female's behavior indicated that she was in the territory.

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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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Posted on the IWS Facebook page .. January 24, 2017.
"We will try to make short videos of what we do in the field this season. Here is the first installation where Nate introduces you to the Malva Real area on Santa Cruz Island."

Video by Nate: Malva Eagle survey

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In February the IWS Crew spent the week searching for eagles with some positive results. The Malva Real eagles, who never seemed to get going last year, were seen spending time together in their territory.

However in March they posted that they couldn't ID the pair, who were in the territory, but still not nesting.

In April it appeared there may be a new male in the territory .. A-71 ( Sauces Nest 2010)

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Nothing further was reported on this nest.



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MR - Middle Ranch Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-08/ Male - A-37/female
* Change of Mate


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On March 1st, Dr. Sharpe checked out the Middle Ranch nest. There was a lot of grass growing on it and he said he couldn’t tell if they had added sticks to it or not. Later that week K-08 was seen at the Middle Ranch nest .. but he was alone. A-37 had not been spotted around the area for awhile.


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Apparently K-00 the male at this nest last season had returned to the Twin Rocks nest with a new female .. so it looked like there was going to be a change of mate here.

K-08 was seen with another female in the Empire Quarry territory on March 22nd .. but later that day he was seen back at the MR nest alone.

On April 9th, a female assumed to be A-37, was seen on the nest being harassed by Ravens/Crows. Both adults had recently been seen at the nest.

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Around 5pm on April 21st, an adult male, with just one wingbling on his left wing, was spotted perched in a tree at MR .. Dr. Sharpe was unsure if this was still K-08 or a different male. A-37 was perched in another tree watching him.

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There was no nesting this season .. maybe next year?


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OC - Oak Canyon Nest - Anacapa Island.


A-21/male & A-11/female


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On April 3rd the IWS Crew conducted a boat survey of Anacapa Island to check on the Oak Canyon bald eagles .. and it appeared that they were incubating eggs.


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A-21 (Class of 2003) and A-11 (Class of 2002) have been together since 2006. They were originally known as the Yellowbanks pair. Seasons 2007-2010 were Non-Breeding ones. In April 2011 their nest was found on Anacapa Island and they became the Oak Canyon pair.

No confirmation these are the same adults this season.


On Annie Little's Final 2017 Channel Islands Bald Eagle Summary she stated that there was an adult at the nest on June 19th, but it was too foggy to tell if there were any chicks present.

Nest fate undetermined.




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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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Early February the Santa Cruz Island IWS field biologists crew, Nate, Aaron and Russ got their skiff out on the water around Pelican Bay and were rewarded with a great sighting of K-10 spending time at his 2014 nest site. Avid followers of this particular eagle pair know that they have a very large territory staked out along the north coast of the island and are known to move around to various nest sites from year to year.

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K-10 at his Chinese Harbor estate

They watched him for a few minutes and when he flew off across the harbor, they followed. As they had hoped, he took them right to K-26 where the pair perched on a ridge together.

During March the crew searched but couldn't locate where the pair were nesting.

Finally on the SCI Update: April 18, 2017 they informed us, after a dedicated search, they had found a NEW nest tucked away in a very steep canyon .. with a chick less than a week old on it.

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Good to see that both adults still have their left wingblings! (Pictures taken off the IWS Video.)


Hatch Date: April 2017.


Banded: June 3, 2017 ... Wingbling Number A-09 /female ... Official Name: Tina


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Fledge Date: Unknown


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PR - Pinnacle Rock Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


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


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In February, both adults were observed on their nest .. but no eggs yet.

On March 7th the nest was checked again through the scope and there was an adult incubating.

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On March 20th two eggs were seen during an adult switch. The male was ID as K-88.

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On April 6th there was a fish on the nest and the adult was in an upright position, indicating a hatch had occurred.
Both adults were on the nest, maybe a switch was coming up. The heat waves were bad making it hard to see the number of chicks in the bowl when Mom got up. Dad remained perched on the edge rails. Dr. Sharpe confirmed one unsteady chick seen, must have just hatched in the last day or two. There was no sign of the other egg .. may have broken.

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On Banding Day the chick tested as a female, but she didn't receive any wingblings just leg bands. (May have been too young.)


Hatch Date: April 2017.


Banded: May 20, 2017 ... Leg bands only. 07/A (Female) ... Official Name: Maxiwo Eneq


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Fledge Date: Confirmed as fledged by the IWS on July 6, 2017



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RC - Rattlesnake Canyon Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-80/male & K-47/female


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The Rattlesnake Canyon pair K-80 and K-47 have been together since 2008 and this season they once again nested in the same tree located in the Catalina Island Marine Institute's camp. The noise of the people using the camp doesn't appear to bother them.

March 1st was the first opportunity that Dr. Sharpe had this season to check this nest and he found an adult already incubating. When he returned on March 9th he was able to confirm there were two eggs on the nest.

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On April 4th there was food on the nest and the adult was sitting higher .. when the adult got up and moved around there was one :^: and one egg on the nest.
Look closely at the picture below .. to the left of the adult .. see the chick? Look for the eyes.

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The next day Dr. Sharpe returned with some guests on a tour to check if the other egg had hatched. Both adults were on the nest.

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Dr. Sharpe made an early visit on April 10th, trying to beat the heat waves, hoping he would see two chicks now on the nest. One adult was brooding when he arrived .. then the other adult arrived for the switch over. As one adult flew off and the other started to move .. on the video Dr. Sharpe is heard saying the words, used so often by those of us who observe the nests, "Move your tail, move your tail" .. when the adult did, there was still just one chick. The other egg unfortunately failed to hatch.

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Hatch Date: April 2017.


Banded: May 18, 2017 ... Wingbling Number K-71 /male ... Official Name: Dyami


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Picture of the Rattlesnake nest chick after banding. Taken by Jim Campbell-Spickler.



Fledge Date: Confirmed as fledged by the IWS on July 6, 2017




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SC - Sauces Canyon Nest - Santa Cruz Island.


A-40/male & A-48/female


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Last season was a very successful year at the Sauces Canyon Nest.

It was wonderful watching A-48, a new Mom, interact with her eaglets, A-62/Isleno & A-63/Whisk .. and the siblings with each other. A-40 enjoyed having chicks on the nest again. (He was originally with A-27. Season 2011 father of A-73/Dreamer. Season 2012 father of A-81/Buster & A-82/Phoebe.)

We hoped this season would be even better.

The pair started to visit their nest in September and October mostly at Dawn & Dusk. In November and December they brought in nesting materials and in January they really got down to the business of preparing their nest together. This pair love branches and really try to out do each other with the size of them. Sometimes things get a little feisty between them!

Here's just three of the many super videos posted on the All Eagles All The Time (AEATT) Sauces Canyon Eagle's Nest 2016/2017 thread.

Video by Eagle Duo:
SC - Morning Nestorations Get a Little Feisty

Video by Eagle Duo: SC - Small Disagreement

Video by Eagle Duo: SC - Reluctant Fish Delivery


Their first egg of the 2017 Season was laid on January 31st at 12:43pm. Unfortunately it broke February 1st. Cause unknown.

A second egg was laid on February 3rd at 12:45pm. Unfortunately this egg broke a couple of hours later. Cause unknown.

Posted 2/3/17 on the IWS Facebook page:

"The Sauces birds laid and lost another egg today. Looking at the history of the nest, it has failed in 5 of the 9 previous nesting attempts, with 2 different males and 3 different females. Male A-28 was present 2008-2011, and the male A-40 from 2012 to present. Female A-02 was present in 2008-2009 and failed both years. Female A-27 was present from 2010 until she was displaced by A-48 in 2013. A-27 was successful every year except 2013, when ravens took the eggs. Female A-48 was unsuccessful in 2014 and 2015, and had two chicks last year. Why the eggs are breaking so quickly with the current pair is hard to say. Unfortunately, we can't get information on potential contaminates from eggshells; only from egg contents."

Posted 2/5/17 by Dr. Sharpe on IWS Chat in answer to a question about the SC nest:

"We raised the camera higher at Sauces, which is why we can now see the eggs. I don't think the nest construction has anything to do with the eggs breaking (even though I said earlier that maybe they were hitting sticks). This nest has gotten thicker over the years and the center of the nest should just be grass and composted grass. Any sticks should be a foot or more down."


A-48 laid her third egg of the season on February 6th at 1:27pm. We had our first look at the egg at 1:34pm. But at 2:02pm A-48 moved to reveal this egg was broken. Once again Cause unknown.

A fourth egg was laid on February 9th at 1:16pm. Unfortunately this egg also broke soon afterwards. Cause unknown.

Posted 2/9/17 on the IWS Facebook page:

"The Sauces pair have a fourth egg. This is the first time that we have had four confirmed eggs in a single clutch on the Channel Islands."

"And the fourth egg is broken at Sauces. Hopefully she'll take a month off and try again in March. There is no way to determine why the eggs are breaking without trapping and examining the female, and we would not do that during the breeding season."


A-48's fifth egg was laid on February 12th at 3:56pm. She revealed it seconds later but at 5:28pm A-48 moved off the bowl and revealed that this egg was broken. Cause unknown.

March 3, 2017 .. A-48 laid her First Egg of her Second Clutch - her sixth egg of the 2017 season at 2:01pm. She revealed it soon after. We all held our collective breath and crossed our fingers. At 6:09am next morning we saw the egg was broken. Cause unknown.

March 9th, 2017 .. A-48 laid her 2nd egg of her second clutch - her seventh egg of the 2017 nesting season at approximately 12:08pm. She revealed it at 12:18pm.

March 12, 2017 .. A-48 laid her 3rd egg of the second clutch at 11:04am, bringing the total number of eggs she's laid this season to 8.

As time went on we were thrilled and thought whatever had been the problem was fixed .. but sadly both eggs .. the 7th & 8th .. broke on the morning of March 14th, 2017. Cause unknown.

Posted 3/15/17 on the IWS Updates Forum:

"As have many of you, we have been intently watching the Bald Eagle pair at Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island. We are disheartened to see that the most recent eggs broke yesterday.
We do not know why the eggs keep breaking, but will continue to monitor the nest and further investigate the cause. We will attempt to collect prey samples and eggshell fragments and analyze them for contaminant levels and eggshell thinning. Although this is an unfortunate situation for this pair, we are encouraged by their successful nesting in 2016 and the continued recovery of the Bald Eagle population across the Channel Islands. Thank you to all the dedicated web cam viewers for your observations and concern for the pair.

~Institute for Wildlife Studies, Montrose Settlements Restoration Program, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy

Peter Sharpe. Institute for Wildlife Studies. Bald Eagle Restoration Program"


So this was NOT a great season .. and for obvious reasons I prefer not to include captures showing this heartbreaking period .. videos were recorded and can be viewed on AEATT.

As I write this I am recalling our sadness and disappointment and also concern for both adults during this period of time. It was brutal .. watching as each egg was laid .. then lost. The eagles appeared to mourn the loss then carried on .. A-40 bringing in prey for his lady .. bonding both on and off the nest .. continuing to bring in more branches!

I think all of us on the NW team, as well as a lot of other folks watching/observing this nest, breathed a huge sigh of relief when Nate, IWS Crew, advised us on the April 18th SCI Update that the pair did not appear to be trying for a 3rd clutch.

The cam went off-line in June because VCOE and the NPS are doing some major infrastructure changes.

So, what caused the eggs to break? Maybe we will get an answer to that question.

This was posted 7/26/17 on the IWS Facebook page:

" Nate and I excavated the Sauces nest yesterday to try to recover some eggshells for analyses. We found about a dozen pieces that the Montrose Trustees will have analyzed to see if there are obvious problems with the eggs that can explain why at least 8 eggs were laid and broke this season."


I thought I would finish with some beautiful captures of A-40 and A-48 during the year. (The forum only allows 10 pictures per post.)

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This last capture was taken in June. It is sunset at the nest and A-40 is about to fly off .. A-48 stayed a little longer, before leaving for the night.

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Stay safe beautiful eagles .. we will see you when the cam returns and we hope that your next season will be a more successful one.

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