Harrison Mills - North

Harrison Mills - North
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The Harrison Mills nest is located in the community of Harrison Mills, British Columbia. The nest is 172 feet up in a huge Douglas fir on the 10th green of the Sandpiper Golf Course at Pretty Estates Resort, situated on the edge of the Chehalis-Harrison river flats in south-western Canada. Two high-definition pan-tilt-zoom cameras mounted in the tree in the fall of 2012 allow us to view the nest life in detail and see the surrounding perch and feeding trees. To the northeast an incredible view of the Chehalis-Harrison Flats, where the world's largest gathering of bald eagles annually occurs, can also be seen. The South cam is more often focused on the nest to make sure we don't miss a visit; the  North cam is most often used to watch the activity on the river when the eagles are away. Both cams have night vision, but only the North cam has sound.

The adults are known as Mr. and Mrs. Honeycomb in the Penthouse Nest. They seem to be a pair that moved to the location after development interfered with their traditional nest in the winter of 2013. Sadly, for the first time on a Hancock nest, we witnessed the results of sibling rivalry in 2013 as Bogey, the younger chick, succumbed to attacks and denial of food by the older chick Birdie. This was likely triggered by a shortage of food, and made worse because Bogey was four days younger and much smaller. Birdie went on to claim everyone's heart and we happily watched as she fledged in late summer. The Honeycombs only laid one egg in 2014, and though both parents incubated it diligently, it didn't hatch. The eagles are expected to visit the nest throughout the fall and winter, and lay their eggs in early April, with chicks likely in early or mid-May. For more information, please visit the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Discussion Forum for Harrison Mills.