Notes from the Field (Winter 2008):

Date: : February 24, 2008
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dan Kemp, Marc Tomlinson, Mary Kay Kenney, Dan Miller, Suzanne Tomlinson, and Dianna Moore.
Miller's Obiter Dictum


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
6 adult,
3 immature
1 adult



Immature Bald Eagle perched on a root wad
Bald Eagle on a root wad at the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula. Dan Kemp photo.



Date: : February 23, 2008
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dan Kemp, Marc Tomlinson, Mary Kay Kenney, Dan Miller, Suzanne Tomlinson, and Dianna Moore.


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
1 adult,
1 age uncertain
1 immature



Researchers viewing falcons from parked SUV using spotting scopes.
Suzanne Tomlinson and Dan Miller use their spotting scopes to watch a Peregrine Falcon feed about 100 meters south along the beach. Dan Varland photo.



Date: : February 22, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dan Kemp, Rene Morris, Mary Kay Kenney, and Dianna Moore.


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
2 adults,
3 juveniles
2 adults



Peregrine Falcon perched on driftwood
W/M. Dan Kemp photo.


Two people, one holding a Peregrine Falcon with the ocean in the background
Dan Varland and Mary Kay Kenney with W/M. Banded in 2004, W/M was re-captured today to obtain a blood sample for monitoring contaminant exposure over time. Dan Kemp photo.


Two people, one holding a Peregrine Falcon with the ocean in the background
Dan Varland and Dan Kemp with W/M. Dave Murnen photo.



Date: : February 12, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Georg Ziegltrum, Pete Heide, and Golden Ortiz
Comments: We saw two peregrines during today's survey, both taking baths in creeks crossing the beach on their way to the ocean. This is a behavior we rarely see. See below for photos of one of the birds.


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
4 adults,
3 juveniles
2 adults



Peregrine Falcon stretches her wings during a bath in the creek
Peregrine Falcon stretches her wings during a bath in the creek that runs from Ocean City State Park.


Peregrine Falcon getting a drink in the creek
Getting a drink.


Peregrine Falcon perched in a creek with wing outstretched readying to fly
Leaving the creek after her bath, with bands showing. Unfortunately, we were unable to read these bands before she flew off.



Date: : February 10, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dianna Moore, and Dan Sears


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
3 adults, 6 juveniles,
1 age unknown
1 adult



Peregrin Falcon perched drying her wings
Facing into the breeze, this peregrine is drying her wings on a damp morning. While we could see she was banded, we couldn't read the color band before she decided to fly.



Date: : January 26, 2008
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dianna Moore, Brian Sterling
Comments: We saw a color banded peregrine, but the color band was quite dirty. Unfortunately, we were not able to read the alpha-numeric code on the band.


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



Eagle perched on a traffic sign.
Immature Bald Eagle


Truck on beach hauling Catapiller equipment
Semi with caterpillar. After a morning of pushing dunes around to improve Snowy Plover habitat in Willapa National Wildlife Refuge at Leadbetter Point, this truck was headed south and off the beach before the incoming tide became a problem.



Date: : January 25, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Heather Carnocki, Suzanne Tomlinson


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon Merlin
3 adults,
3 juvenile
2 adults,
1 juvenile
1

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

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

Falcon being held so that wing is spread.
First year Peregrine Falcon captured and banded on the beach today with color band B/3.


Peregine Falcon perched on driftwood.
W/M on the beach this morning.


Beached crabbing ship with Copalis Rock formations in distance.
A ship that had run aground north of Ocean City, with Copalis Rocks in the background.



Date: : January 16, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Jody, Ethan and Clinton Dauron


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon Merlin
2 juveniles 2 adults;
1 age not determined
1

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




Date: : January 1, 2008
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Suzanne Tomlinson and Dan Miller


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
1 adult,
5 juveniles
1 adult

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

Juvenile Bald Eagle perched on the beach in blowing sand.
Juvenile Bald Eagle in the blowing sand.


he same eagle, although in this photo the nictitating membrane covers the eye as protection from the sand.
The same eagle, although in this photo the nictitating membrane covers the eye as protection from the sand.



Date: : December 31, 2007
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore, Rene Morris and Ann Morris


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

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

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon being held with wing extended
M/3, a juvenile peregrine banded on the beach this morning.



Date: : December 29, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland and Dan Miller
Miller's Obiter Dictum
Comments: We saw a gyrfalcon during this morning's survey, a species we very rarely observe.


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Gyrfalcon Northern Harrier
3 adults,
6 juveniles
1 1

Gyrfalcon perched on driftwood looking out to ocean
Gyrfalcon.



Date: : December 26, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, and Bob Meier


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

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

Peregrine Falcon perched on driftwood
W/M on the beach this morning.



Date: : December 23, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Dianna Moore and Aaron Perry


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

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




Date: : December 13, 2007
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Dave Murnen, and Shirley Jackson


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

Juvenile Bald Eagle feeding on a seal on the beach this morning.
Juvenile Bald Eagle feeding on a seal on the beach this morning.