Notes from the Field (Winter 2006):

Date: February 21, 2006
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Mary Kay Kenney, Dianna Moore, Philip Kenney, Samuel Kenney

Comments: Most eagles perching on posts or signs. One eagle standing in a small creek by the state park.

We went to the game range after the official survey and saw the gyrfalcon, a redtail , 2 harriers, and an eagle.

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
5
(4 adult; 1 immature)




Date: February 19, 2006
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Dianna Moore, Scott Rowley

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Merlin
3
(2 adult; 1 immature)
1 1

Merlin perched on driftwood on the sand
B/Z on driftwood.

Bald eagle landing on sand amidst crows
Bald Eagle with fish...and crows



Date: February 18, 2006
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Mary Kay Kenney, Dan Miller, Suzanne Tomlinson

Comments: : It was a crystal clear day, enough to see Mt. Rainier from Leadbetter Point and breezy only at the north end despite the previous 2 days windy weather. The new dunes being formed at the north end made searching for birds tucked out of the wind a bit tricky.

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Peregrine Snowy Owl
6
(all adults)
2 1 1

Snowy owl perched on beach
Snowy owl

Eagle in flight in front of Mt. Rainier
Eagle in flight in front of Mt. Rainier

Dune formations on the beach
New dunes



Date: February 5, 2006
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen

Comments: 8/7 was re-captured, his band was cleaned and feather samples were taken. This was a remarkable event, as 8/7 was captured and banded at just under one year of age on March 29, 1997. He was re-sighted nine times at Ocean Shores after banding, the last of these before Sunday's survey was January 6, 2002. He's nine years old now!

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon Merlin
5
(2 adult; 3 immature)
2
(adults)
1


Marked Individuals Observed
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine 8/7, W/M

Three people on beach holding a captured Peregrine falcon
Dan with 8/7 and Jak and Lois Ayres.



Date: February 3, 2006
Beach: Grayland
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Suzanne Tomlinson, Dianna Moore

Comments: An adult peregrine was captured and color banded: X/2 (black/blue).

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon Merlin
1
(adult)
4
(all adults)
1

Back view of Peregrine falcon being held and gloved hands stretching out the left wing
Back View of X/2

Front view of Peregrine falcon being held and gloved hands stretching out the left wing, ocean in view in background
Front View of X/2



Date: January 22, 2006
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Mary Kay Kenney, Suzanne Tomlinson, Philip Kenney, Sam Kenney

Comments: W/X was recaptured, band cleaned and blood drawn. An eagle was observed carrying away yet another western grebe.

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon Merlin
2
(2 adults)
1
(1 adult)
1


Marked Individuals Observed
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine W/X

Suzanne Tomlinson holding Peregrine Falcon W/X with Philip and Sam Kenney
Suzanne Tomlinson holding W/X with Philip (left) and Sam Kenney



Date: January 21, 2006
Beach: Longbeach
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dan Miller, Scott Rowley

Comments: An un-banded juvenile female was captured and transferred to rehab. Her left foot was swollen and her keel was quite evident. It was clear that she was not eating well and was in trouble.

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon N Harrier
5
(3 adults; 2 juveniles)
4
(3 juveniles; 1 adult)
1


Marked Individuals Observed
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine C/4, P/N

Peregrine with swollen left foot
Peregrine with swollen left foot


Close-up of the the Peregrine's swollen foot
Close-up of the injury


Dave Murnen holding the Peregrine in front of the Wildlife Rehab Center vehicle
Dave Murnen with the bird



Date: January 20, 2006
Beach: Grayland
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Dianna Moore, Dave Murnen

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle N Harrier
2
(1 adult; 1 juvenile)
1


No Marked Individuals Observed Unusual sand formation: sand mounded with a tunnel through small dune and a driftwood log inside tunnel.
Driftwood and sand




Date: January 14, 2006
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dianna Moore, Carolyn McDonald

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine N Harrier Merlin
8
(6 adults; 2 juveniles)
2
(2 adults)
1 1


Marked Individuals Observed
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine M/K


Merlin perched on driftwood
M/K on rootwad

Peregrine Falcon perched on driftwood just a few feet away from a seagull
Unbanded adult feeding on shorebird