This, That & Jack

young eagle photo

It is hard to believe that we are entering into April already. For lake enthusiasts it means that Big Bear Lake will be open for boating this Sunday which also happens to be April Fool’s Day.
But locals are asking–what about Jack?

Despite forest closures to humans, the boats will be on the water as adult eagles hunt for food to feed Fawnskin’s fast growing feathered friend.

GG was all ready to venture out in the cold, early dawn hours to document eagle behavior but turns out her services were not needed after all–which was good since there was a lot to do!

No word on who to complain to about the measly fine given out to the person who breached the closure…yet.

Anyway an early morning commute yesterday found me in town and gulping down the java since a sleepless night and early morning made me less energetic than usual.

Fortunately, I’ve been gearing up by doing training to market some new services to local business owners. Big things are in the works–which is exciting.

Now, in other news around town, it seems the dogs have been getting in the trash–not the bears. I witnessed Sampson as he sauntered up my hillside and over my deck with a nice, fat, juicy package of some sort.

Down on Navajo, trash has been picked up but the tracks throughout the area were only that of dogs–no bear tracks at all.

This is the nice thing about snow and mud–you can identify just who has been sauntering around.

My neighbors might be surprised to see some of my boot prints around their deck and property. I tend to follow my hunches and ambled over to do a closer inspection instead of simply eyeing the place as I normally do.

Low and behold, the winds had blown parts of their deck decor and furniture completely off the deck and onto the hillside.

So, as a good neighbor, I hiked around the area collecting the bits and placed them back on the deck in a nice pile.

Besides that, not much else is happening that I know of.

Except that Karin reported a young eagle sighting down on North Shore Drive closer to the dam.

Her breaking news, action photo wasn’t clear enough to identify the juvenile eagle but it wasn’t Jack–as I verified by pulling out the scope to “just make sure.”

He is still a bit young to fly here and there and I found him still securely in the nest, under the watchful eyes of one adult eagle above on a favorite perch.

I ran into a few neighbors who had a tripod and combined with the scope I had, everyone there got to get a closer look at Jack and at one adult.

GG thinks that was perfect!

The week the Forest Service began using volunteers to document foraging activity of the adults.

GG thinks that they need to ask some of the lakeside residents, since a few watch the eagles hunt over morning coffee right in front of their place.

Truth is, one of the favorite fishing grounds is between the Discovery Center and Dana Point Park.

If you have not had a glimpse of Jack recently, head on down on the weekend when most of the scopes are set up because he is growing so quickly that you might miss some great action.

Estimates are that he is going to take flight sometime around the third week of April or early part of May.

Think we should start a poll?

Anyway, that it is for me this week. If you have any action news, or good gossip for that matter, leave your comment below.



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4 Responses to “This, That & Jack

  • 1
    Dogman's Friend
    March 29th, 2012 21:52

    I can say first hand that the animal that knocked over MY trashcan was a 250 lb black bear. I saw it, so did my neighbor in the house above me. Trust me it wasn’t a dog. My backdoor window looks out over the area where the trashcans sit and I stood there and watched it two feet away. Most likely some dogs took advantage of the spilled trash later in the day……and/or trashed some cans on their own as doggies will doo.

  • 2
    Deb
    April 1st, 2012 14:11

    Spent a couple of hours watching Jack this am. Saw an adult on the ridgeline watching over him. Jack was flapping his wings enough to lift himself up! Then went over to see where one of the adults likes to hang out in downtown Fawnskin! Magnificient creatures!

  • 3
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 3rd, 2012 19:02

    Thanks for leaving a comment…and that tip! I realize your situation was a bear but the one I tracked down the road were dogs. “Your” bear is also being naughty up on Clinemiller.

  • 4
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 3rd, 2012 19:03

    Great! You’ll have to tell me where. I have not been out in a couple of days but say the adult below the ridge line heading into town.