The Summerset Eagle Under Attack

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The Summerset Eagle of Beaufort Grove under attack by a crow, 28 June, 2016. The ‘Summerset’ Eagle has occupied the same nest in an old Douglas Fir since 1991, when one of the adults was rescued .
Beaufort Grove is identified as a heritage grove (Captain O.J. and Eva Williams), and designated as deserving of protection within Sidney’s Official Community Plan. Several heritage trees overhanging the natural boundary of Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary provide essential feeding or resting habitat around Roberts Point for various migratory species.
This year the Summerset Eagles have produced only a single chick, a reflection of foraging conditions in the wake of a major El Nino oscillation

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The Summerset Eagle nest is a major attraction in Sidney, bringing photographers and naturalists to Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Beaufort Grove is a natural arboretum with species of the Coastal Douglas Fir Ecosystem, part of our “Naturehood”.

K.J. Finley


from Kerry Finley


The ‘Niners’ of Island Pond on the evening of June 15th. They took their first leap into space from the ancient Douglas Fir snag on June 13th, 2016. The grasslands (and blooming prairie roses) received a sharp frost on June 14th, and the sun rose at its earliest on June 16th. In the Old World this is the Rose Moon, and in the New World its the Strawberry Moon, aligning with solstice for the first time since 1967.

News Update: Heermann’ Gulls (Gaviota mexicana) in Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuary already. An early return

Dear Friends, estimados  colegas, this may interest you.
HEEG have been already back for a week in Greater Victoria and Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuary. With 8 at Clover Point yesterday, and a flock offshore, off Gonzales Point, earlier this week.
In recent years, 500-600+ of them roosted mostly on the Chain Islets (IBA – BC045), and on several Oak Bay Islands, in and near Vic. Harbour MBS.
They come here largely to feed on schools of Pacific Sand Lance, sometimes, 200-300 birds at a time, mixing with Rhinoceros Auklets, Glaucous-winged Gulls and Pelagic Cormoratns, often south of the Chain Islets where there are massive (25 m high), submarine sand dunes: the Oak Bay Sand Dunes.

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