Surrey Reserve Nest Information
There have been eagles in this territory for at least 20 years – but these cams show a new nest set up in the fall of 2018 to replace one that blew down. Happily for us, the eagles named Sur (M) and Res (F) for Surrey Reserve accepted the nest, and successfully raised two chicks. The Surrey Reserve is a tract of land set aside for the eagles in an area of rapid development (read more about that below) and fortunately the eagles don’t seem to mind the construction in their back yard – and perhaps they’re taking notes: this year’s nest preparation is already looking much plusher than the perfectly adequate nest of last year.
As of February 20, Sur and Res have been spending the night at the nest – with Dad Sur sleeping in the nest while Mom Res uses the perch just above it (both visible on the South cam); we think they might not wait until March to lay eggs this year.
We have eggs! The first egg was laid at 5:11 pm on February 27 and the second arrived at 6:19 pm on March 1st. Mom Res and Dad Sur are sharing incubation, and we’ll start watching for signs of a hatch on April 2nd.
There are chicks! SR3 hatched April 5 at 1:24 am, and SR4 hatched at 9:23 pm on April 6 – and they are both doing great!
Our chicks have names – meet Thor and Loki! We invited the owners of the Eagles complex (the townhomes next to the Reserve) to name the eaglets, and a number of them sent great suggestions to the Strata Council, which made the final decision. Thank you to all involved!
Thor and Loki have fledged! Younger eaglet Loki took his or her first flight away from the nest at 8:15 am on June 28 (slo-mo video). Thor’s first flight was about 2 hours later at 10:18 am, and may not have been intentional but she or he was flying strongly after an initial slip (slo-mo video). Both eaglets were back by 7:35 pm (Loki made it to the nest first) – a successful fledge day! Loki is 83 days old and Thor is 84 days.
Loki had a bit of a mishap the evening of July 1 and ended up dangling from a power line about 300 feet from the nest; the local wildlife rescue group was called and they reported that Loki had fluttered or flown down, landing in a ditch which he or she walked out of. Loki also made a couple of hopping flights before they were able to corner him/her. The initial exam was good, but they will be keeping him/her for 5-10 days in case Loki got a shock from the power line since those sorts of injuries don’t appear immediately. Thor is doing great and flying strongly in and out of the nest.
Surrey Reserve North/Closeup
Surrey Reserve South/Wide Angle
Eagles have been nesting in this rapidly developing part of Surrey for at least 20 years, and cam sponsors Dawson & Sawyer were the second developers who approached David Hancock for advice on how to develop a region that contained an active bald eagle nest. There were some challenges – the original nest fell down, the eagles moved, a new nest with cameras was provided (full story here) – and now we are waiting to see if the eagles adopt the new nest built for them in British Columbia’s first bald eagle reserve. (A bald eagle reserve is a section of forest large enough to support an eagle nest which is set aside by a developer who is clearing land adjacent to it.)
Male Sur and female Res moved into the nest that had been built for them, and made it their own – and laid their first egg on camera on March 7, with a second egg three days later, on March 10. Both eggs hatched, and eaglets Dee and Ess (pronounced like the letters D and S) fledged successfully. The eaglets were named in honor of Dawson & Sawyer, the developers who helped make the Surrey Eagle Reserve and this nest possible. Both adults returned in the fall of 2019 and have been working hard to prepare their nest for the 2020 nesting season.
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Thanks to Dawson & Sawyer for developing the
first British Columbia Bald Eagle Nest Reserve
and installing… (more)
2020 Nesting Season – September 2019 – August 2020
This Nest has been Adopted By:
~ gemini ~
~ JudyB ~
~ Parkland Burnaby Refinery ~
~ Barb Fitzsimmons and Robert Meyer ~
~ In Memory of Harry Stothers ~
Thanks to Dawson & Sawyer for developing the first British Columbia Bald Eagle Nest Reserve, installing the nest frame and the two CAMS. This whole project first required considerable faith that the Hancock Wildlife Foundation history of developing successful Mitigation Plans could again be effective. The British Columbia Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resources had to work within the BC Wildlife Act and with the City of Surrey and Dawson & Sawyer on the basis of developing a practical plan to benefit bald eagles. Will it work this season or will the development in the region cause a pause holding off the eagles from using the artificial nest for a year or two? See the background of the nest for the full story.
Note, the map above 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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