French Creek Estuary Nest Information

French Creek Estuary Land is an incredibly diverse and rich habitat supporting 180 species of birds, 60 species of waterfowl, salmon, river otters, beaver and much other wildlife – and it could become the first Eagle Preserve on Vancouver Island!  This nest was built in late summer 2020 to replace a nest tree that was taken down because of safety concerns, but unfortunately the eagles had other ideas and built their own nest that fall, nearer the Marina.  That nest failed, and the male may have died in early spring 2021, and by May there was a pair of eagles (possibly including the original female) visiting the nest and doing some work, so we’re hoping they will move in this fall when they return from their summer break.


Based on local observer reports from previous years, we expect the eagles to return by mid-October.

I’m afraid I have bad news about the camera – it went down in late December, and our tech folks have checked everything they can think to check, and unfortunately the problem seems to be up the tree, where they won’t be able to go until next summer after the eagles have left for the season.  There’s always a chance that something might jiggle a connection back on, so we’ll keep checking from time to time, but odds are that we won’t be able to view the cam until next fall.

French Creek Estuary Eagle Cam

David Hancock Talks About Building the Nest

Nest History

A pair of bald eagles had been nesting at the French Creek Marina, and successfully raised two eaglets in 2020, but that tree was found to be unsafe in a public place. Happily, Hancock Wildlife Foundation was able to build a replacement nest (funded by property owners French Creek House Ltd.) – and the owners generously offered to fund the installation of a webcam, so we’d be able to see the eagles explore their new home.


The cam came online October 23, 2020, and we occasionally saw eagles visit, but David Hancock reported in early November that the eagles we’d hoped would settle here had chosen a tree 650 feet away and were building a nest. Local observers reported that that nest failed and the male may have died in late March.  A pair of eagles were visiting the nest with the camera later in the spring and doing some work on it, so we’re hoping there will be more activity in 2022.

Please join us on the French Creek Discussion Forum and share your observations, click below.

Thanks to French Creek House Ltd. for funding the installation of this webcam.

Thanks to Shaw Cable Nanaimo  for supporting the outbound bandwidth.


Nest Adoption

2022 Nesting Season – September 2021 – August 2022

This Nest has been Adopted By:

~ Irish Eyes ~
~ JudyB ~
~ gemini ~

Nest Location

Note, the map is for reference only; the exact location is not public to avoid any potential disruptions in the lives of the eagles and those living near them.  Thanks!

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