Delta 2 Nest Information
There have been eagles in this territory in Delta, British Columbia, not far from the Tsawwassen Ferry, since at least the late 1990s. They initially took over and rebuilt a red tail hawk nest, then nested on high tension power poles for a few years, then moved back to the nest in 2010 and successfully raised two eaglets. A camera was installed for 2011, and as of fall 2018, we have watched the pair successfully raise eleven young eagles. There have been some challenges – the female broke her left leg in February 2014, probably while defending her territory against another eagle, and even though she could barely put any weight on that leg, she and her partner produced two fertile eggs and both eaglets fledged successfully. It’s now been several years since she broke the leg, and she still favours it slightly – but she is heading into the 2019 nesting season as a very strong, capable eagle. There are other eagle pairs nesting nearby – and the cameras are powerful enough, and the “zoomers” who control them are skilled enough, that we can not only see the resident pair perched on towers guarding their territory – we can sometimes see the neighbours on a further pole, near where the territories meet.
Ma Delta and Trooper (the new male who joined her towards the end of the 2018 nesting season) have both returned and have done a good job preparing their nest and guarding their territory – and they now have 2 eggs, laid March 8 and 11. The earliest we might see a hatch is April 12 – so keep your eyes on the nest!
We have chicks! The first egg hatched on April 16, 2019, at 9:09 am (39 days after it was laid), and the second hatched less than 24 hours later, on April 17 at 4:50 am (37 days after it was laid).
The chicks have been named Bella and Coola, after the community of Bella Coola on the west coast of BC.
Younger eaglet Coola was the first to fledge, or take a flight away from the nest, on July 7 at 81 days old; Bella followed suit on July 9 at 84 days old. As of the end of July, both have set out to explore the world.
Delta 2 East View
Delta 2 West View
The eagles have laid two eggs every year since we began watching them in 2011. The first year we watched, chicks Oreo and Jet (named by local schoolchildren) both fledged – but older eaglet Oreo took a bit of a detour, falling from the nest when he wasn’t quite old enough to fly and spending some time at O.W.L. (the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) before taking his first flight. 2012 was a sadder year – older chick Goldwing died when he or she was a little over seven weeks old, but happily younger chick Linux fledged successfully. Only one egg hatched successfully in 2013, and Tux fledged successfully. 2014, the year when the female broke her leg just before the nesting season, both eggs hatched, and Ariel and Hunter fledged successfully.
2015 started normally and the pair laid the usual two eggs, but something disrupted incubation partway through the nesting cycle, and the eggs were often left uncovered, and didn’t hatch; it may have been a bit of a blessing in disguise, as having a longer break away from the nest than usual may have helped the female’s leg to heal. We didn’t think we’d be able to watch the eagles in 2016 – the nest tree was blown down in a windstorm just a couple of weeks before they usually return from their summer break – but happily HWF was able to bring in a lift and climbers, build a nest in a nearby tree where the pair often perched, install two cameras – and have everything ready for the return of the eagles! The eagles accepted the new nest and laid two eggs, both of which hatched; older chick Ace fledged successfully, but sadly Pippen died when he or she was about 6-1/2 weeks old. 2017 was a happier year – the pair laid the usual two eggs, and Spirit and Jewel fledged successfully. As the 2018 nesting season begins, the eagles have returned and are working on their nest – and Ma’s leg is looking great!
The pair laid two eggs in 2018, and both hatched successfully. However, on June 17, when the chicks were about 7 weeks old, Pa Delta disappeared, perhaps as a result of a fight with another male trying to take over the territory. There were intruders in the area, but Ma safely raised Dusk and Dawn to fledging. By the end of the season, there was a male helping to defend the territory, and he seemed to be courting Ma and not threatening the fledglings, and he was named Trooper by forum members. Ma and Trooper have both returned for the 2019 nesting season – and now have two eggs, laid March 8 and 11, and we’ll start watching for a hatch on April 12 (35 days is usually the soonest eagle eggs might hatch, though this pair tends to have their first egg hatch a few days later).
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2020 Nesting Season – September 2019 – August 2020
This Nest has been Adopted By:
~ Jacki Hatfield and Bruce Goodwin ~
~ Sandy_W ~
~ Yolande A. Proctor ~
~ Alice and Richard Currie ~
~ Jean ~
~ JudyB ~
~ Pat B ~
Note, the map above is for reference only. You can find directions to the Hatchery and hours of operation here - http://www.chehalis-hatchery.shawbiz.ca/Chehalis_hatchery.htm
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