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Title: Middle Ranch Eagle's Nest 2011/2012,
Description: Sad News ~ Nest Failed.


Cumbrian - February 16, 2012 07:17 PM (GMT)
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Santa Catalina Island, CA and the active bald eagle breeding territories in 2010.


As you know All Eagles All The Time 2011/2012 is an Archival/History in Videos and Still captures showing the various stages throughout the year in the lives of the Eagles on the EagleCams at Pelican Harbor (PH) Nest & Sauces Canyon (SC) Nest ... on Santa Cruz Island and Two Harbors (TH) Nest & West End (WE) Nest ... on Santa Catalina Island.

The other confirmed nests on Catalina Island are at Middle Ranch (MR) ... Pinnacle Rock (PR) ... Rattlesnake Canyon (RS) ... Seal Rocks (SR) and Twin Rocks (TR)


You can find out who is who at each nest by visiting the
Meet The Adult Pairs thread.


Because we still want to follow the events happening on these nests without cameras .. separate threads will be opened for each nest .. and I will be posting the links to the Catalina Updates, written by Dr. Peter Sharpe and Steffani Jijon ... along with the photos taken by Steffani ... so that members can easily access the current information.



This is the thread for Middle Ranch (MR)


Eagles Territories map taken from the Bald Eagle Restoration on the California Channel Islands. January - December 2010 9th Annual Report.

Cumbrian - February 17, 2012 05:22 AM (GMT)
MR - Middle Ranch Nest - Santa Catalina Island.


K-93/male & A-37/female


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Cumbrian - February 17, 2012 07:19 AM (GMT)
UPDATES RE K-93 & A-37


:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: Pete is back from vacation. On Monday he climbed the Middle Ranch tree to make some camera adjustments and made a short video.

Video by Eagle Guy: MR Nest.



:clk: Catalina Update: Thursday, January 26, 2012 :clk:

Eagle Guy: While feeding the captive birds I've spent time at the reservoir checking on the Middle Ranch pair. I had only seen the male for the last couple of weeks, but a couple of days ago A-37 showed up again and the birds have been perching together regularly, so it looks like they should nest.

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A-37 and K-93



:clk: Catalina Update: Thursday, February 2, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: I am back from vacation and fully energized for this busy upcoming breeding season!

On the day after my return, I visited a couple of nests to check for any nesting activity and have been checking nests ever since. I am proud to announce that all SEVEN CATALINA NESTS are active! Just a couple of weeks ago, the eagles were kind of visiting their territories but now, they are in full on breeding mode.

Every pair is using the same nest they used last year but there has been a mate switch on one of our pairs .. at the PR Nest.


Middle Ranch

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Video by eaglegal:
First Look at the Middle Ranch Eagles Breeding Season 2012

A couple of days ago, Pete and I finished setting up the MR camera by running about 100ft of cable from the bottom of the nest to a near-by road so we can power the camera using our trucks.

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Cable running from nest to road. It is a great spot to be because we are hidden behind those eucalyptus so the eagles never know we are there.
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Video:
The view from the nest cam



:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 :clk:

Steffani:This week, we have been checking all the nests regularly hoping for the first eggs of the season to be laid … but nothing yet.

They are all engaged and dedicated nest builders and we have observed the pairs mating regularly so we know we have many eggs coming our way!

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The Middle Ranch Nest.................K93 on the branch and A37 on the nest

Video by eaglegal
Middle Ranch Nest. Feb. 2nd & 7th, 2012





(Pictures courtesy of Dr. Sharpe, Steffani and/or the IWS crew)

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For complete update, pictures and videos, click on the dates.

Cumbrian - February 17, 2012 07:50 AM (GMT)
EGG .. CITING NEWS!


:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: We have some EGGciting news for Catalina this time around. Yes, we have eggs! They have been laid 2-20 days earlier than last year, depending on the nest, but we expect variation from year to year.

We have been checking the nests almost every day hoping to see those precious little white eggs laying in the nest bowls and last Thursday, both Pete and I came back from the field to report that each one of us had seen an egg on a nest, him on Middle Ranch (A37 and K93) and me on Seal Rocks (K34 and K25).

It is normal for the eagles to not incubate their first egg right away. They tend to wait until the whole clutch has been laid to fully incubate their eggs in the hopes that they will all hatch at relatively the same time, so not to worry if, once TH and WE eagles lay their first eggs, they don’t sit on them right away; they know what they’re doing.


On Wednesday, Pete and I worked on the MR camera by replacing the 480ft cable that runs from the bottom of the tree to the road and running it along the fence instead of through the field because the day after we had set it up, a bison (we assume) had “run” into it and carried it back and around the field. (This is in addition to the 60ft+ cable running from the bottom of the tree to the actual nest)
Here’s Pete running the cable (I’m walking behind zip-tying it to the fence)

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The box holding the remaining cable.

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Because the cable is so long and the image has to travel that much farther away, we needed to install an inverter in order to power the camera and we get a surprisingly great image! Take a look.

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Video by eaglegal:
First view of the MR’s first egg

Over the weekend, Pete checked MR daily and found that the female had laid a second egg .. but two days they had lost one already, bringing them down to a single egg again :( Let’s hope they take really good care of this one egg.


Video by eaglegal:
Middle Ranch Nest. First One Egg, Then Two and back to One Again .. Feb. 9th - 14th, 2012



:clk: Catalina Update: Thursday, February 23, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: The Middle Ranch is still incubating their single egg and they are doing a wonderful job.

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Last week we had a bit of windy storm coming through so I recorded some video of A37 incubating her egg during the rain and the wind. She’s one dedicated eagle.

Video by eaglegal:
Middle Ranch Nest Incubating a Single Egg. Feb 15th - 20th, 2012.


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:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: We have been regularly checking on the Middle Ranch and Rattlesnake nests, and they still have 1 and 2 eggs respectively.

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On Monday afternoon, we had a huge thunderstorm coming through, with even some hail on parts of the island. The only nest I could check after the storm was MR, and I found A37 drenched but diligently keeping her egg warm underneath her.

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Video by eaglegal:
Middle Ranch Nest Parents Incubating 1 Egg Rain or Shine Feb., 22nd-28th, 2012




(Pictures courtesy of Dr. Sharpe, Steffani and/or the IWS crew)

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For complete update, pictures and videos, click on the dates.

Cumbrian - March 9, 2012 07:44 AM (GMT)
MARCH UPDATES


:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: The Middle Ranch nest ... last Friday, I found K93 incubating their single egg.

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When I check on them on Monday I unfortunately found an empty nest and I could see some broken shells on the edge of the nest.

After a while, the female arrived to the nest and went into an incubating position, telling us that she has not given up and will probably try to breed again this season.

They still have about 2 months to lay eggs so we will keep checking.

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Video by eaglegal:
Middle Ranch Nest K93 Incubating and A37 Coming to an Empty Nest ... March 2nd, 5th & 6th 2012.



:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: We have been checking on the Middle Ranch nest to see if they plan on trying one more time during this breeding season.
While we have still seen them fly and perched together, she has not laid more eggs. We are still hopeful, as the weather on the island is relatively mild year round and there’s still some time.


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:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: Twice this week I have spotted both of the Middle Ranch adults perched on electric poles near Haypress reservoir. They have not made any new attempts to breed again this year but they remain together so we’ll see …

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(Pictures courtesy of Dr. Sharpe, Steffani and/or the IWS crew)

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For complete update, pictures and videos, click on the dates.

Cumbrian - April 17, 2012 03:41 AM (GMT)
APRIL UPDATES


:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: The other day, I was feeding Hydi and Pimu when I heard one of the Middle Ranch eagles vocalizing. I drove around and spotted our lady in blue, A37.

Do you see her silhouette? She was calling out for her mate for over an hour… but he never showed.

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We thought that they could have started breeding at some other location, but yesterday I spotted both of them perched on the electric poles so that tells us that they are not breeding again just yet, though we are keeping an eye out for them.


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:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: We have been looking for the Middle Ranch pair as well and on Sunday Pete got reports that both of them were flying and vocalizing to each other, indicating some bonding behavior, which tell us that they might be trying to nest again. It’s a bit late but we’ll keep an eye out for them.

Here’s A37, perched on the electric pole near the MR nest.


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:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 :clk:

Steffani:Last week, both Pete and I noticed that the MR male, K93, had been spending some time near the nest, giving us a slight hope that maybe, just maybe, they’re thinking of breeding again

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On Monday, I spent some time at the reservoir hoping to find the Middle Ranch pair. After a couple of hours of looking, K93 arrived to the reservoir and perched on the pine trees

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After a while, he took off and perched on the other side of the lake.

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Over an hour later, A37 arrived to the area and perched nearby.

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They vocalized for a while and eventually took off to an adjacent canyon, confirming once and for all that, as of this week, the MR pair is not breeding.

Video by eaglegal:
A37 flying after K93 at Thompson's Reservoir





(Pictures courtesy of Dr. Sharpe, Steffani and/or the IWS crew)

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For complete update, pictures and videos, click on the dates.

Cumbrian - May 11, 2012 06:03 AM (GMT)
MAY UPDATES


:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: I spotted both Middle Ranch eagles, indicating that they are not breeding.



:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: The Middle Ranch pair has been quite active.

I have watched them interact and vocalize with each other regularly, indicating that there might still be a hope for these two this breeding season.
Like we’ve mentioned before, the weather on the island is relatively mild year-around so they could breed this late, and if not, at least they are reinforcing their bond for next season!

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:clk: Catalina Update: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 :clk:

Steffani: I’ve also been keeping my eye out for the Middle Ranch pair. Over the weekend, I heard them vocalize back and forth at the reservoir and yesterday I saw one of them perch on the electric pole right by their nest.

By the time I made my way around the lake, it had taken off.






(Pictures courtesy of Dr. Sharpe, Steffani and/or the IWS crew)

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For complete update, pictures and videos, click on the dates.




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