As most of you know already, things out here on the islands are now well into the nesting season. So much so that we are spending most of our time checking on nests, eggs, and chicks. While we may not be doing as much searching and pair chasing, and things settle into a little more of a routine, it's great to see what is looking to be our most productive season yet. :X:
We had a late arrival to Prisoner's Harbor since the boat went to Santa Rosa first, but we managed to see 3 eagles from the boat. Not too bad before even setting our feet on the island, but they were all a bit too far away to see tags on. However, we can be fairly certain, based on their locations (and known perch preferences), that one was a member of the Cueva pair (A-16 or A-00), another a Fry's pair member (A-46 or A-24), while the third was a juvenile (A-70 based on GPS data) near Lady's/Baby's Harbors.
Due to our late arrival we really only had a chance to check on the recently discovered Los Pinos nest (of the old “Willows pair”, A-45 and A-51). It took a little while, but eventually they showed up and spent some time “nestorating”, so no eggs..., yet.
The next day we spent the morning trying to get a new encoder working on the Chinese Harbor nest camera, without success, so the old one will stay in place until Dr. Sharpe can make it out and work his techno magic. In the afternoon Kim went out to check on the Carl nest and its chicks while I went to Loma Pelona to scan the Sandstone Point area.
Kim was able to see both chicks, doing well, and the male was at the nest performing shading and feeding duties. More on Carl later.
I struck out at Loma Pelona, but I checked in on the Los Pinos nest area both going and coming. I never saw a bird at the nest, but A-51 was hanging out very close by.
The nest side view, with the nest at the lower left corner.
Wednesday we put on our serious hiking attitudes as Kim headed to check out the Fry's Nest (A-46 & A-24) and I went to Hazard's to see what the Cueva Pair (A-00 & A-16) were up to. At Fry's, the pair was well in evidence, visiting the nest and even mating on a couple of occasions. Promising signs of, hopefully, eggs to come.
A-46 in the nest tree as A-24 flies in from the lower left.
Both at the tree.
Some closer views of A-24.
And Kim bids them adieu as they enjoy a prominent, hopefully romantic, viewpoint.