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  •  Bald eagles and gulls (9+ / 0-)

    The bald eagles on our property eat lots of gulls as suggested by the wings underneath the nest tree.  They have the huge gull nesting site of Protection Island right across the bay.  

    We took a boat tour around the island (which is a national wildlife refuge with restricted access).  The naturalist on board from the Port Townsend Marine Science Center pointed out how the gulls gathered near the caretaker's cottage because the eagles didn't like getting too close to the building and the gulls figured out they were safer with the human than the eagles.  The eagle parents take their kids out there after fledging because of easy meals.  We counted over 50 eagles on the island in August. A lot of gulls move to downtown Port Townsend in late summer and the speculation is that it's to avoid the eagles who have moved in on Protection Island.  

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 12:06:55 PM PDT

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    •  "Easy meals" - lol (8+ / 0-)

      Sounds like the Decorah Iowa eagles, right next door to a fish hatchery. You can almost hear the eaglets saying Aww fish again? How about some squirrel for a change.

      Not surprising the gulls out at Protection hang around the caretaker's place for safety. Gulls nesting - reminds me of the Dawn Chorus today, a revisit to the Farallones islands off San Francisco. Amazing photos and place. Gulls nesting everywhere! Right on the paths. I wonder why eagles don't go there.

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