Hi there eagle fans,
I started off this tour going out to Santa Rosa Island while Kim covered Santa Cruz. Since my main objective was to check on the Lopez nest and the Trap Canyon pair's new nest I headed out to Lopez soon after arriving on the island.
A-43 was perched near the nest and A-39 was in attendance of at least one chick at the nest, though it was very hard to see into the nest, since much of it is hidden within the “tree”. It is quite possible another chick was hidden out of view, but I couldn't confirm it at the time.
Given the inconclusive nature of my visit, re: the second chick Helen had seen on the previous visit to Rosa, I headed back to check on them again the next morning. Again, one of the adults took up a vantage point a bit up-slope of the nest and another was at the nest with the chick (s?), but again I never saw a second chick. So it seems that we have either lost one of the chicks or it is just shy and hanging out towards the back of the nest. Let's hope for the latter. I guess we'll find out for sure when banding takes place in early May.
After Lopez I headed over to check on the north shore nest of the Trap Canyon pair (A-08 and A-22) near Verde Canyon. Unfortunately this nest is impossible to see without disturbing the birds and all my best belly-crawling reptilian impressions still spooked the birds before I could tell if one of them was even at the nest and incubating or...(?). I only got to see one perched above the nest. All I could tell was that the nest looked empty of eggs or chicks.
Helen had a similar result on her last visit, but obviously the adults are still hanging out there and were very defensive. There was also what looked like fresh prey in the nest which left me with an unsettled feeling. Hmm..., must go ponder this for a bit. :pacing:
There were some nice sightings along the way from Lopez to Verde.
Shrike and Peregrine.
I spent the next day looking for eagles and nests along the southeast coast of the island...
... and though I didn't find any eagles, I did find both nests and “nesters”. The arch/bridge was pretty cool too. :)