I saw a pair of eagles soaring above it and later one landed in the top of the tree.
There are quite a number of eagles nests in the Vancouver area, see this link.
There are a number of "eagle cams" in the area too that stream live coverage, here is a link to one of them.
Bald Eagles are magnificent birds, large and powerful, and did you know that the females are larger than the males? Here is short bio of our "bald" friends:
"Bald Eagles are so named because they are "white-headed". Balde is an Old English term meaning white.
Adult males and females are identical in color... white heads and tails, with blackish-brown bodies. Their feet and beaks are yellow.
Eagles mature at about 4 or 5 years of age, and live to about 30.
With up to a 7-foot wingspan, having a height of 3 to 3 1/2 feet, and weighing 8 to 15 pounds, these great birds of prey can lift about 4 pounds. The female is larger than the male.
An eagle's diet consists primarily of fish, but circumstance can force them to dine on carrion.
These 'eagle-eyed' birds have exemplary eyesight, and are strong swimmers.
Eagle pairs remain together until they are parted by the death of one of them.
Eaglets have all their feathers by 10 to 12 weeks of age. At this time, they are nearly full grown and can make maiden flights from their nest.
Juvenile eagles are a mixture of brown and white, becoming almost solid brown as they progress to adulthood.
Nests (aeries) are usually constructed in tall trees beside rivers or near coastlines.
Bald eagle nests are added to every year. They often become the largest of any bird in North America.
Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs each year, with two being the norm.
Kept warm by both parents alternating incubation duties, eaglets hatch in 35 days.
From the time the parents ready the aerie and the young are on their own (the nesting cycle), takes about 20 weeks." (www.jiwiz.com)
So are the little eagles just clumsy, why do they fall out of the nest? Well as they mature and get ready to take flight they practice by hanging on to a branch or part of the nest with their talons and flapping their wings as hard as they can; this is rather hard on the nest and can cause it to become unstable.
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"Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude."