Notes from the Field (Fall 2007):

Date: : November 17, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Andy Varland, Dianna Moore and Dave Murnen
Comments: It was great to have my brother Andy from Illinois along on the survey. Luck was with us this morning, as we captured and banded a peregrine - the 7th for the year!

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon Merlin Northern Harrier
1 adult 3 adults
1 juvenile
1 2

Raptors Banded:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon W/Z

Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon W/M, W/X

People on a dark beach holding and cleaning a Peregrine Falcon
Dan Varland cleans W/Z's beak as Dianna Moore and Andy Varland look on.


Peregrine Falcon being held by two men
Two brothers, Dan and Andy, with W/Z.


Peregrine Falcon held with wings outstretched
W/Z, a first-year male captured and banded on the beach this morning.




Date: : November 14, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland with Jody, Clinton and Ethan Dauron


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
1 adult



Date: : November 11, 2007
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Dan Miller, and Jan Stevenson


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Northern Harrier
7 adults
1 juvenile
1




Date: : November 1, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, and Dianna Moore


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Merlin Peregrine Falcon
1 adult 2 1 1 adult

Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon W/M

Peregrine Falcon perched on driftwood
W/M on the beach this morning. W/M was banded on December 6, 2004 as a first-year bird, so is now age 3. Today's re-sighting marks our 24th observation of her since she was banded. It was good to see her this morning, as she had not been observed since March 18, 2007.



Date: : October 28, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Charlie Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, and Dan Miller
Miller's Obiter Dictum
Comments: The weather was great and we enjoyed the visitors we had during banding.

Raptor count:
Northern Harrier Peregrine Falcon Bald Eagle
4 2 juveniles 1 adult, 1 juvenile
Raptors Banded:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon X/P


A first-year male Peregrine Falcon. We gave him color band X/P.



Close-up of X/P.



Dan Varland talks about X/P to folks who happened by during banding.


Date: : October 25, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, and Dianna Moore


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Merlin
4 adults,
1 juvenile
1 adult 1 adult

Merlin perched on the beach.
Merlin on the beach today.



Date: : October 13, 2007
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, and Ian and Katie Fawley

Miller's Obiter Dictum
Comments: Fog hindered visibility on today's survey. We managed to capture and band a first year female Merlin and see two peregrines, one of which we identified as banded. The banded bird was V/V, a 4-year old female banded at Long Beach in January of 2003. This was our 9th re-sighting of V/V, all of which have been at Long Beach.

Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon Merlin
2 (adults) 1 (juvenile)

Raptors Banded:
Species Color Marker Code
Merlin B/Y

Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon V/V

Merlin being held prior to release
First-year female Merlin banded and color marked with leg flag B/Y.


A man holding a Merlin on the beach with two young boys next to him
Bob Kubiniec and his sons Peter (left) and Oscar were nearby when we captured B/Y. They stopped by to see what we were doing. We answered their questions while we banded and measured the falcon, then handed off B/Y to Bob for a group photo.


The moment in which the Merlin is flapping away upon release
Bob Kubiniec releases B/Y.



Date: : October 10, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dianna Moore, and Tom Rowley
Comments: We saw a Cooper's Hawk this morning. This is only the second time we have seen this species on a survey. The only other sighting was at Ocean Shores on September 18, 1999.

Raptor count:
Northern Harrier Peregrine Falcon Bald Eagle Merlin
4 2 (juveniles) 1 adult 1 adult

Peregrin Falcon perched on the sand
A first year peregrine on the beach this morning.



Date: : September 28, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Cathy Varland and Naomi Jacobson
Comments: We saw a Cooper's Hawk this morning. This is only the second time we have seen this species on a survey. The only other sighting was at Ocean Shores on September 18, 1999.

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Cooper's Hawk
1 adult 1 adult



Date: : September 9, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Dave Murnen and Suzanne Tomlinson

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
2 adults 1 juvenile

Tire treads on the beach bending away into the distance.
The beach this morning.



Date: : September 6, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland and Suzanne Tomlinson


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
1 adult 1 juvenile