>Geese Try to Drown Eagle. We just have to report on this story as we see the number of Canada goose gosling’s get fewer each day.
Short Nesting Time for Local Canada Goose. Four days and two eggs was all a local Canada Goose had for her nesting effort before some animal, probably a raccoon or possum, found her nest. We heard the commotion at 2 am and in the morning found the two broken egg shells on the grass the next morning, along with a sad looking female goose.
common area of Amblesides subdivision. This attached photo was taken from
my deck. We haven’t seen any eagles arriving or leaving but it sure looks
like an eagles nest is in progress.
The last showing of “The Illahee Watershed Aquifer Protection Plan” will air:
BKAT is Kitsap’s local TV channel.
Channel 12 – Comcast
Channel 3 – WAVE
We are fairly certain that an eagle got our male Guinea rooster in the pasture 3 days ago………..only tons of feathers left, and coyotes can’t get into the pasture because of the hot fence we have around the bottom of the fencing.
The day after that I heard some banging noises on the front porch………and ran to look. There was an eagle trying to steal a fake rooster that I use for decoration. It is a realistic, life size plastic/fake with chicken feathers glued all over it. There were several crows dive bombing the eagle. I chased it off and put the fake rooster back on her “perch.” Now they’ll probably E-mail that some of Honeyhill’s chickens are really tough!!
At this point I’m worried about our mini dachshund and my cats. We still have 4 chickens left but I’m sure they are plenty tender. I guess that’s the price we pay for living in their territory.
>We have gotten behind in passing wildlife information on and other information and will try to catch up.
River Otters. We asked for pictures of river otters and just received one. There have been three otters seen in the area for quite some time now, and it is good to get a photo of them.
Bald Eagles. We also just received some bald eagle photos. The latest were from this past Sunday when at least 5 bald eagles were seen taking turns eating something on the beach, with one of them being an immature eagle who had to wait until after the others had finished. We were trying to figure out what the eagles were feeding on, and it appeared to be possum based on the tail, shape and color.
Plant Salvage Question. We had questions of whether there was any plant salvaging done at the construction sites along Almira. There was some salvaging done a year ago at the Illahee Preserve parking lot site where plants were moved elsewhere in the Preserve. They looked at moving some of the huckleberry bushes a few weeks ago, but there were no good candidates as only small huckleberry bushes are normally successfully moved. We don’t know if there was anything done at the Keller House site.
Native Plants Available. We contacted Jim Trainer, our local Illahee forester, who noted the following:
1. Every year I giveaway between 10,000-50,000 surplus native trees compliments of Mike Driscoll of Hood Canal Nursery, Port Gamble,WA.
2. In Illahee I have a small native tree and plant nursery for sale. See Treez, Inc. website www.treezinc.com for tree and plant lists
3. 20,000 douglas fir seeds were distributed in the Illahee Preserve. Compliments of Treez, Inc. and Hood Canal Nursery.
Illahee Meeting Location. Some people have asked about the location of the Illahee meetings on Thursday evening (1/29/09). The Norm Dick’s Center is located on 6th Street in Bremerton and is the 6 story government building that is only a few years old. It has a main floor conference room that is state of the art and is the location for many meetings including the Bremerton City Council meetings. The big screen projector makes this an ideal place for presentations like we are expecting on Thursday.
Parking Available. The benefit of having this meeting in the evening is that there is usually ample parking available in the area.
Questions? If you have questions, please let us know what they are as others are probably asking the same ones.