Delta 3 East PTZ
The Delta 3 nest is about 105 feet up a fir tree, on private property overlooking Tsawwassen Beach, and the Georgia Strait beyond, with easy access to the productive Roberts Bank rich intertidal beaches. The bay below is rich all spring and early summer with spawning Midshipman – a toadfish, a little bull-head-like species so important to many breeding eagles up the entire west coast – and last year this beach supported a small spawn of Herring – an iconic food species for so many creatures of the Pacific Ocean. There are 7 or 8 other pairs of nesting eagles along this western shore of Point Roberts, and the area is so rich in food it also supports a floating population of up to 50 non-breeding eagles, particularly sub-adults most of the year. This results in lots of interaction with the shoreline of breeders who also compete for spacial rights with the adjacent pairs.
While 2015 is the first year there are cameras at the nest, the site has been occupied successfully for two years, producing 2 young each year. The eagles laid their two eggs in early March, and hatching is expected for the first half of April. The two pan-tilt-zoom cameras should provide some excellent close-ups of the chicks when they're tiny – and let us see where they go as they explore the area as fledglings a mere three months later. For more information, please visit the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Discussion Forum for Delta 3.