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|Northern Channel Islands Update; Wednesday, November 22, 2006|
|Topic Started: Apr 29 2008, 05:03 PM (249 Views)|
|eaglegal||Apr 29 2008, 05:03 PM Post #1|
Itís Wednesday update time again. I thought I'd post here in the new IWS Update section, just to see if you're all paying attention. Before I start, Iíd like to wish everyone here in the U.S.A. a happy Thanksgiving. Iím actually Canadian, but Iíll be celebrating here on the island with friends and coworkers (Iíll use any excuse I can get to fill myself with pie and gravy). Anyhow, on to the weekís happenings.
The birds have been moving around a bit over the past week. We currently have at least 4 birds here on Santa Cruz (A-04, A-40, A-37 and K-10). Although I havenít seen K-26 in a few weeks, I did get a report of 2 white-headed eagles together in Prisonerís harbor the other day. I can only assume this was K-26 and K-10, since Prisonerís is one of their favorite hang-out spots. We also have 16 transmittered birds on Santa Rosa Island (including A-49) and 2 transmittered birds still on San Miguel island (A-59 and A-55). Although we try to keep close track of our younger birds, itís pretty hard for us to put a solid number on birds-per-island, since we can only count the birds that either have radio/GPS transmitters, or those that have been seen/reported recently. Over the years weíve had numerous birds make the crossing to the mainland (and sometimes back to the islands), so we can never be sure that a bird we havenít seen in a while isnít off exploring bigger country. In fact, we recently received a report of a bird that has been doing just that.
A-13 was recently spotted on the coast near Santa Barbara, at a place called Devereux Slough. I actually received a nice picture along with the report, although I donít want to post the picture here without proper permission, but Iím sure Callie wonít mind you visiting her website. You can check it out yourself at http://www.calliebowdish.com/Birds.htm. The website also includes a good history of A-13 (provided by Jessica Dooley). The last report we had of A-13 was from this past summer, on the Tejon Ranch (www.tejonranch.com), here in California. Weíre hoping sheís working her way back to the islands, looking for a nice male to build a nest with.
Yesterday I put the new video recorder on the North-side webcam feed, so hopefully next week Iíll have some nest building activity to show you (if I get something sooner than next Wednesday Iíll post it at eaglfix.com). Itís been a little while since I last saw the nest, and it did seem to have more sticks in it than I remember. I saw K-10 in Prisonerís harbor earlier today, so hopefully heís been busy with stick-delivery duty lately.
Well, thatís about all I have for now. Have a great Thanksgiving.
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