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 early 2018, we have watched the pair successfully raise nine 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 four years since she broke the leg, and she still favours it slightly – but she is heading into the 2018 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.
We have two chicks, hatched at 8:05 pm on April 11 and 6:56 am on April 12 – so less than 12 hours apart! (The eggs were laid March 3 at 2:57 pm and March 6 at 2:50 pm.) Forum members have named the chicks Dusk and Dawn, for their time of hatching.
The male was last seen at the nest on June 1st. There were other eagles in the area, so he may have been in a fight to defend his territory, though nothing was seen on cam. There is now a new male in the area who seems to be defending the territory and respecting the female’s calls to stay away from the nest and the chicks, who were seven weeks old when the male disappeared; the female seems comfortable with him, and they may become a pair after the chicks fledge. It’s not easy for a solo parent to provide food for two large eaglets, but as of June 10, Ma Delta is doing a great job.
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 Mom’s leg is looking great!
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2018 Nesting Season – September 2017 – August 2018
This Nest has been Adopted By:
Gia, Roman, Ava
Y. A. Proctor
Gail and Ivan Morris
Dave and Lydia Schoen
In memory of Mary Scott, Bev aka Irish Eyes
Mr and Mrs Lantz_56
Leslie & Pam, Eastport NY
Note, the map above is for reference only. Please do not visit these nests directly as they are on private property. Thanks!
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