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Old 04-14-2018, 08:46 AM   #1
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There is a new bald eagle nest on Dolly's Island. They appear to be sitting on eggs.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:08 PM   #2
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Exclamation ...... Canada goose vs bald eagle!

You know there's been a Canada goose nest on nearby Horse Island occupied every March to May by the same female since 2012. It is in the center of the island, and gets rebuilt every spring.

This female Canada goose is identifiable with its broken, protruding large center feather appendage. Anyway, this year, she showed up with a new male goose, who seems to be a younger goose than her old male who had an aluminum band on one leg.

Yesterday, at about 4-pm, these two geese and two eagles got into a high powered, up in the air, elevated, moving airborne skirmish, so maybe these two eagles came from nearby Dolly Island?

It seems like the Canada goose and bald eagle are a long time enemy and the geese will sound their honking alarm, and power up into a super strong, super defensive attack goose when an eagle enters into its territory.

In like 5-seconds, the male goose will transform from a chill, polite, mild mannered, calm Cheez-it eating goose into a high powered, honking attack Canada goose!

It seemed that last May 2017, that an eagle attacked and ate, or at least broke, all the eggs in the Horse Island Canada goose nest so they may have a history of bad blood here.

The male always resists eating Cheez-its and just chills and remains like a quiet guard, floating on the water while the female eats up 20-30 floating orange Cheez-its. For every 20 eaten by the female, the male has maybe one? In anticipation for her sitting on the nest for six weeks?

While the eagle has sharp weapons in its pointy, sharp beak and two talon claws, the Canada goose is bigger in size and is a strong and noisy honking territory defender using its neck, head, beak and teeth for a weapon ........ so, hopefully with the two islands, Horse and Dolly, about 200-yards apart, these different bird species can co-exist on their two small islands?
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:40 PM   #3
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My money is on the eagles.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:58 PM   #4
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And I thought I had discovered a new nest;

Thanks for the report, Frank. Please donít hesitate to send in other eagle reports, especially about nest sites.
We learned about the Dolly Island nest in Spring 2017, and we are in touch with the islandís residents.
That eagle pair had 2 fledglings last year.
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:19 AM   #5
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The Horse Island Canada goose nest is located on the ground, in the center of the very small island, gets rebuilt every spring, and has been there since 2012.
While the female sits on the eggs in the nest, the male would half sleep-rest, take up a listen, guard, position, on one of several spots; a big dry rock or on a wood dock within about 100-yds of the nest.

When the eagle is flying the area, the local Canada geese have an alarm system. The geese will honk in a certain way that immediately seems to get the attention of geese from a mile or more away, across the water. The resting male can be observed to perk up, get up off the dock, and vigorously look out to the distance, and will honk back in reply.

The large male with the aluminum band imprinted with a long number starting with 3 did not show up this year, and the female showed up with a new male. Is possible the old male with the band was killed by the eagles last summer? Eagles probably look at a Canada goose same way how a black bear looks at a hereford steer.

Have never had the opportunity to toss a Cheez-it out 30' to a bald eagle, because the eagles are elusive and always stay far away, unlike the Canada geese who will waddle into the yard looking for Cheez-its.

Like, where-o-where are those Cheez-its ........ feed me!

Here's a super video of a bald eagle attacking and eating a Canada goose: (youtube: Need to find video, gotta run, later today). To an eagle's eyes, the Canada goose looks like lunch!
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