Notes from the Field (Fall 2008):

Date: : November 28, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore, Rick Johns, Helle Andersen




Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon Bald Eagle Northern Harrier
2 juveniles 1 adult, 1 juvenile 1

Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine Falcon A/4
Peregrine Falcon X/D





Date: : November 16, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Dan Miller and Dave Murnen




Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon
1 juvenile

Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine Falcon A/4





Date: : November 13, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Hans and Ellen Running




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

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





Date: : November 9, 2008
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Tom Rowley, Dan Miller and Sandra Miller.




Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon Northern Harrier
2 adult 1

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





Date: : November 1, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, and Jack Durney


Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon Northern Harrier
1 juvenile 1

Raptors Banded:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon X/D

Peregrine Falcon being held with wings outstretched
X/D, a first-year male Peale's peregrine at Ocean Shores.


Close up of head of Peregrine Falcon
X/D had an injury to the soft tissue below his left eye. We did not try to remove this.




Date: : October 18, 2008
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Tuan Trvong, Kimiko LaHaela, and Krissy Maser


Raptor count:
Northern Harrier Unidentified Accipiter
2 1





Date: : October 14, 2008
Beach: Grayland
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, and Dianna Moore


Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon Bald Eagle Northern Harrier
1 juvenile 1 adult 1

Raptors Banded:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon C/3


C/3, a first-year male Peale's peregrine captured and banded on Midway Beach south of Grayland. This individual had severe fault bars on the primaries of both wings. The feather damage was particularly acute in the primaries on the left wing.


Close-up of the fault bars on C/3's left wing
Close-up of the fault bars on C/3's left wing




Date: : October 11, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Brian Sterling, Kimiko LaHaela and Rachael Quesinberry.
Miller's Obiter Dictum



Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon Bald Eagle Northern Harrier
3 juveniles 3 adults 2

Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine Falcon 90/N.

Woman holding a Peregrine falcon with the surf in the background
Kimiko LaHaela with 90/N, a first year Peregrine Falcon banded by Bud Anderson and the Falcon Research Group as a nestling in the San Juan Islands on June 8, 2008. This is the fourth such observation of a peregrine banded by the Falcon Research Group in the San Juan Islands that has turned up on the beaches of the outer coast during our surveys.


Peregrine falcon being held with left wing spread
90/N.


Close up profile of head of Peregrine falcon
90/N.




Date: : October 9, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dianna Moore and Jake Verschuyl.


Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon Bald Eagle Merlin
2 juveniles,
1 adult
1 adult 1

Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Band Code
Peregrine Falcon A/4

Raptors Banded:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon X/V

Front view of Peregrine falcon with left wing held out
X/V, a first-year Peale's peregrine at Ocean Shores.


Back view of Peregrine falcon with left wing held out
X/V.




Date: : October 5, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dan Miller, and Suzanne Tomlinson.
Comments: We captured and banded the only raptor we saw on the beach this morning.


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

Raptors Banded:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon P/3


P/3, a first-year Peale's peregrine at Ocean Shores (lightly marked type).


Peregrine falcon being held with wings spread showing back
P/3.


Close up profile of head of Peregrine falcon
P/3.




Date: : September 20, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore, and Don and Sterling Harders.


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
1 adult 1 juveniles


Date: : September 19, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland and Brian Sterling
Comments: We captured and banded the only raptor we saw on the beach this morning.


Raptor count:
Peregrine Falcon
1 juveniles

Raptors Banded:
Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon A/4

Close up facing Peregrine falcon
A/4, a first-year Peale's peregrine at Ocean Shores


Peregrine falcon being held with wings spread showing back
A/4.


Close up profile of head of Peregrine falcon
A/4.