Notes from the Field (Spring/Summer 2007):

Date: : May 28, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, and Dave Murnen

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
5
(5 adults; 1 age unknown)



Date: : May 20, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Tom Rowley, and Jennifer Schneider

Miller's Obiter Dictum


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
10
(6 adults; 4 juveniles)


A crow keeps its distance while a raven feeds and a Bald Eagle pauses from feeding.
A crow keeps its distance while a raven feeds and a Bald Eagle pauses from feeding to look us.



Date: : May 18, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, and Dianna Moore

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
8
(4 adults; 3 juveniles;
1 age undetermined)
1 (juvenile)



Peregrine Falcon perched on sand.
Year-old Peregrine Falcon on the beach this morning.



Bald Eagle feeds on a fish.



Date: : May 6, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Dave Murnen, and Suzanne Tomlinson

Miller's Obiter Dictum


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Peregrine Falcon
6
(3 adults; 3 juveniles)
1 1




Date: : April 29, 2007
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Rick Johns, Helle Andersen

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
2
immature, one adult



Four-year-old Bald Eagle
Four-year-old Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle perched on a driftwood archway over a path through the dunes.
Bald Eagle perched on a driftwood archway over a path through the dunes.



Date: : April 20, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore, and Suzanne Tomlinson

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon Merlin
1 immature 1 immature 1



Rock outcroppings (Copalis Rocks) in foggy surf
Copalis Rocks with the Copalis River in the foreground.


Many clam diggers wading in incoming surf.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel conducting field research in the razor clam beds north of Ocean Shores. A 3-day dig starts tomorrow.



Date: : April 15, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, and Dave Murnen

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
2 adults




Date: : March 31, 2007
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Scott Horton and Connie Macon

Comments: We saw the highest number of Bald Eagles ever recorded during a Comprehensive survey. The second highest count was 13 on February 29, 2004.

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
14
(2 adults; 12 juveniles)



Snowy Plover standing on sand amidst seaweed
Snowy Plover at the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula



Date: : March 30, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Dianna Moore and Ellen Pickell

Miller's Obiter Dictum


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
4
(3 adults; 1 juvenile)



Close up of adult bald eagle head
Adult Bald Eagle perched on driftwood in front of the Best Western Lighthouse Hotel this morning.



Date: : March 18, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland and Dianna Moore

Individuals Banded:
Bald Eagle Merlin Peregrine Falcon
6
(4 adults; 2 juveniles)
1 1


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




Date: : March 4, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Dave Murnen, and Tom Rowley

Comments: We captured our second Merlin of the study, a first-year female. We gave her a yellow leg flag marked with the visual identification code AC. The four outer primaries on her left wing were badly damaged.

Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Merlin Peregrine Falcon
8
(5 adults; 3 juveniles)
1 1 1


Individuals Marked:
Species Color Band Code
Merlin AC


Marked Individuals Observed
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine Falcon W/M



Close-up photo of the head of a Merlin
Merlin, marked with leg flag AC.


Using a ruler to measure feathers on the Merlin
Measuring tail length, with leg flag and band showing.


Held Merlin's wing being stretched out to show feathers bent at their tips
The damaged primaries. We were unable to determine the cause of the injury, but were certain it was not the result of capture and marking. We saw her capture prey about an hour before we caught her, so we knew she was flying well enough to hunt. We decided not to take her to a rehabilitation center, despite her problems with aerodynamics.


Held Merlin's wing being stretched out to show feathers bent at their tips
Dorsal view of the damaged feathers.


Close-up of feathers bent at their tips
Close-up of the damage.


Photo of a man holding a Merlin standing next to a woman and boy.
Dave Murnen (left) with Stef Pummell and RJ. RJ is a Boy Scout and Stef is scout leader. From the Mount Baker area, they were hiking the beach and happened to see us during the capture and banding of AC.