3 year old eagle returns to natal nest while Sloop decides to fly…or not

16 August 2022

Sometimes events are so heart warming that they need to be spread throughout the community. Sitting on a perch as I write is a 2019 hatch of the Two Harbours nest and Mama Cruz. Trey is the female eagle’s name because she was the third to hatch. She survived her migrations to return to the Channel Islands as a three year old! Just splendid.

My goodness even moulting she is gorgeous. A survivor. When you look at this three year old eagle be amazed. As we know most simply do not make it to their first birthday.

The Channel Islands eagles have graced us with their beauty in the past few days – Lancer at Two Harbours, and Thunder and Akecheta at the West End. Andor and Mama Cruz and now Trey.

Remember that the research tells us that it is the males that return to their natal nests. Well, this is a female! I hope that Victor’s natal nest GPS coordinates are hard wired into his system so that no matter where he is released, we will see him on this same perch in 3 years time.

In Canada we are familiar with Spunky, the Red-tail hawklet raised by the Bald Eagles in Sydney, British Columbia. This year it was Malala’s turn – another Red-tail Hawk – to be raised by Bald Eagles along with their chick,, Junior, on Gabriola Island, British Columbia. Well there was, at the same time, on the other side of the US, another Red-tail Hawk being raised by a Bald Eagle family in New Jersey.

Here is the story:

http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/blog/2022/08/16/a-new-jersey-first-hawk-raised-by-eagles/?fbclid=IwAR3zm79xSm8HSTx5ZZyArEdxNlS-ijtgpsvxz-fjjjVmOYXXDThz3mw54V0

It would seem that the raising of a hawklet on an eagle nest might not be as rare as we think.

A note from ‘H’ came flying across my computer screen. It is about Sloop, the third hatch at the Boathouse who has not fledged. He made his way up to the high perch and it would appear that he is afraid to come down. ‘H’ says Dory has been trying to lure him down with a fish. He has now not eaten since 1230 — and we know that Sloop loves his fish.

Sloop has now been joined by a sibling.

I have a great fear of heights and have so much empathy with our dear Sloop who has been up on that perch for almost 7 hours! Poor thing. The water looks calm and he can fly —– he just does not know it.

‘B’ gave me an idea. I am going to send Stephen Basly and Doreen Taylor snail mail thank you cards to St Patrick’s Park. I am certain they know them well – from all of us. It has been such a treat to be able to see Little Bit 17. So grateful for their efforts.

Thank you so much for joining me. Send good energy and a gentle wind to our dear Sloop in the morning. After his huge meal yesterday he will not starve. Remember in the wild eagles can go for days without eating and he had some crop. Yesterday he was too full to fly.

Speaking of crops…one last image. SE30 is the one on the right. No words needed. Take care everyone.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams and/or posts where I took my screen captures: Sea Eagles@Birdlife Australia Discovery Centre Sydney Olympic Park, Audubon Explore, Bald Eagles 101, Explore and the IWS.

2 Comments

  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Hello Mary Ann yes it is amazing they return like this to their natal nest! I was so surprised when I saw her there at two Harbors. The crop
    On the little sea eagle is amazing! 💕💕
    I hope Sloop will see his sibling either fly down to the nest or fly away as he watches and does the same. Maybe he will finally come down to the nest to eat. 🙏❤️ I didn’t know about the little hawklet in the eagle nest in New Jersey !
    I will be so happy and I really
    Need to watch this one again with hopes of nothing bad happening there. Thanks Mary Ann for the link to watch it.
    Thanks for all these updates and photos too!
    Have a great evening!
    Linda

    1. It was a real joyful moment to see a third hatch female at 3 years on their natal nest….Dr Sharpe is going to be busy in a couple of years as others return. It is exciting. Poor Sloop…he is still up there and it is dark. You are very welcome of all the news. It is my pleasure!

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