On Thursday, Pete and I worked on getting some transmitters/receivers working for the Rattlesnake (RS), Two Harbors (TH) and Twin Rocks (TR) cameras. In the afternoon, I checked the Twin Rocks nest, unfortunately I could not see anything because of all the rain, and I am sure the eagles were sheltered under some branches or somewhere impossible to spot.
On Friday, I returned to TR and spotted a sub-adult perched about 100ft. from the TR nest.
I watched it for a while until it flew off closer to me and I was able to ID it. It was K63, the 2006 TH chicks. I got its signal last coming from the mainland coast on mid-February 2007.
Here are a couple of pictures of this “new” Catalina resident. Let’s hope it sticks around.
It was very hard to read but definitely K63!
After a few minutes it flew off and I spotted the two TR adults in the area. They both landed near the nest and remained there until I left.
In the afternoon, I checked on the Middle Ranch pair. Nobody has seen them perched on the pine trees so we have been checking them pretty often.
I found K93 flying in the rain so I ran after it and watched him land on a eucalyptus right above me.
He was curious but I was hiding under a bush so was able too get this close. Too bad it was raining though
On Saturday, I went fishing for Pimu and also checked on the MR birds. The male, K93, flew around and eventually met up with the female, A32 and I watched them ride a thermal all the way up in the sky.
Later they came down, flew over the reservoir and went into the Bulrush canyon area. (It always amazes me how pairs are able to coordinate their movements in flight and maneuver identically).
They have been flying on that direction lately and we wonder if maybe they are beginning to build something over there… It will be a while before we get to explore that area since all the gated roads are closed during and after the storms. Meanwhile, we will keep checking the reservoir in case they start using the nest.