Bald Eagle - June 2014
Dr. Andrew Ross was awoken early Sunday morning by the loud sounds of a "Murder of Crows" in the huge tree between his apartment on the 6th floor of Hampshire House, and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. He finally got out of bed and took a closer look. Much to his surprise he saw an eagle, a beautiful Bald Eagle, high up in the tree.
Then he noticed the crows were attacking the Eagle. He was quite concerned.
The Eagle seemed injured and favoured his wing.
After 4 hours of observing the torment, Dr. Ross decided to phone the Eagle Emergency line which he was surprised to learn was in Courtenay. Well they said they would have someone from Victoria there right away. Faster than a paramedic from Jubilee the Eagle Doctor arrived.
Much to everyone's relief after leaning over the Ross's balcony and prodding the eagle with her long expandable pole, the Bald Eagle suddenly soared into the air and left.
The Eagle Doctor explained that sometimes the eagle would have trouble digesting something and would sit in a tree for hours.
Dr. Ross - Bird Watching at Hampshire House
Every evening an hour before sunset (20:10 on May 12, 2014) between 12 and 36 large birds head over Hampshire House directly east towards Mount Baker. Bill Smith had thought they were young Bald Eagles.
"For years, groups of crows fly from various places in Oak Bay to roost over-night on Chatham and Discovery Islands. Thus I would guess that what you are seeing Bill are crows", said Dr. Andrew Ross.
Last night he came down with his telescopic lens and captured these images of the crows in flight.
Notice also the newly born Canada Goose goslings.