Edmonds Eagles 2016-17

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Bill Anderson

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Saturday (7/8/17) at the Pt. Edwards nest.

The eaglet's wings continue to develop. It is still not ready to start hopping and branching, necessary steps before it tries to fly.
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Mother and offspring.
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The Pt. Edwards eaglet was flapping its wings Saturday evening (7/15/17) and will probably start branch hopping soon. The eaglet has a month to become self-sufficient before the adults typically leave the area for two months in mid August.

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I missed a shot of the adult flying directly towards me when it took off from the nest and left the eaglet to resume flapping by itself.

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Tuesday evening (7/18/17) I was on a walk of the marsh with the Sierra Club when a juvie eagle flew by us and startled a a great blue heron that was perched in a nearby tree. This helped prove a theory I had voiced earlier about why the rookery at the south side of the marsh had disappeared: the Pt. Edwards pair had "discouraged" the herons from further nesting.

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Friday afternoon (7/21/17) the Pt. Edwards eaglet was perched on a branch above its nest.
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Branch hopping and gliding should soon follow.
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The Pt. Edwards eaglet was spreading its wings Sunday evening (7/23/17). It would periodically call out for its parents, a cry I think I heard all the way down at the marsh.

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Just one of the Deer Creek eaglets was visible Saturday evening (7/29/17).

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The Pt. Edwards eaglet was not visible, but one of its parents was perched atop the nearby sentry tree.

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At least one of the Deer Creek eaglets has fledged.
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I caught it flying around the nest tree on the last day of July.
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One of the parents flew out to investigate.
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The eaglet returned to the nest after a few laps.
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A red-tailed hawk flew out to investigate.
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I don't know whether or not the Pt. Edwards eaglet has fledged. One of the parents is still bringing it food.
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A friend told me that the Lake Ballinger eaglet had fledged. I confirmed this Tuesday afternoon (8/1/17) when I found it perched on the spar where I usually find its parents.
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There are three other eagle nests in the area that I need to check out. It begs the question, how many mating pairs can our area support?
 

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I have not yet seen the Pt. Edwards eaglet fly. Sunday (8/6/17) it was perched on a branch that was visible from the back (south) side. Although it is easy to see eagles in the nest, intervening branches interfere with photographing them.

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The Pt. Edwards juvie has fledged. Monday evening (8/7/17) I took photos, including this series of it trying to land on same branch where one of its parents was already perched. The juvie is easy to locate as it spends the day crying for food.

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Our local eagles usually take off this time of year for parts unknown and return in October. Tuesday morning (8/22/17) one of the Pt. Edwards adults was still in town and hanging out at its usual perch above the apartment construction on Pine St.

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At least three of our local nesting pairs had babies this year, so their annual sabbatical may be delayed until they are satisfied their offspring are self sufficient.
 

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Monday afternoon (8/28) I caught both eagles of the Pt. Edwards pair perching in the shade of a tree lower down Pine St. by the new apartment construction. I have never seen the eagles perch in the tree before and assume it was too hot for them in the sunshine of their usual perch atop the tree at the top of Pine St.
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At time both were screeching. I don't know if that was for their pwn amusement or to call their recently fledged eaglet.
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A juvie Cooper's hawk flew past towards the marsh. It may be one of the juvies I have photographed this summer at the marsh and City Park.
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Bill Anderson

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I usually close this thread in August when the eagles leave the area and start a new one in October when they return. I can't do that yet because one of the Pt. Edwards eagles is sticking around. I wonder if having a baby changed its mind about leaving on vacation. I found it sitting in the sentry tree around noon Tuesday (9/5/17).

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