Notes from the Field (Spring 2009):

Date: May 29, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore and Dan Miller




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



Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Band Code
Bald Eagle A/4



Date: May 11, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore and Suzanne Tomlinson
Comments: We were very pleased to see the Bald Eagle with color band M/K on the beach this morning. Mary Kay Kenney banded this female, a one-year at the time, at Long Beach on April 12, 2005. M/K has been reobserved on two other occasions: April 15, 2006 at Ocean Shores and April 13, 2008 north along the coast at La Push.




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



Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Band Code
Bald Eagle M/K



geese
Brant near the water's edge this morning. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shorebird biologist Kathy Gunther encountered a Peregrine Falcon feeding on a Brant it had taken from the air at the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula in April.




Date: May 4, 2009
Beach: Grayland
Observers: Dan Varland, Dale Larson, and Tom Rowley




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
3 adults,
2 juveniles



Juvenile bald eagle perched on a Area Closed sign
Three-year old Bald Eagle perched on a sign closing public access to a Snowy Plover nesting area. The Snowy Plover is listed as Endangered at the state level in Washington and as Threatened federally by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Tom Rowley photo.


Biologist standing next to a telephoto camera on a tripod
Kathy Gunther, wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, on the beach today. Kathy was looking to read the band codes on color banded Snowy Plovers in the nesting area. Tom Rowley photo.


Shorebirds flying along the surf line.
Shorebirds flying along the surf line. Tom Rowley photo.


Fishermen in the surf.
Fishermen in the surf. Tom Rowley photo.




Date: May 2, 2009
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Mike Walker, Linda Rohan, and Stacy Hollis




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk Osprey
8 adults,
7 juveniles
2 1 adult 1



Bald eagles perched on driftwood with dunes in background
A pair of Bald Eagles. As with most raptor species, males are smaller. He is perched on the left.


Close up of two bald eagles perched near each other
These birds were perched so close together their beaks almost touched at times as they looked around.




Date: April 23, 2009
Beach: Grayland
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, and Dale Larson




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine
1 juvenile 1 juvenile



Person holding falcon with wings stretched - view of back
A/3, a one-year-old female Peregrine Falcon captured and banded on the beach today. She is beginning her molt to adult plumage, which is evidenced by the blue-gray feathers coming in on the rump and back.


Person holding falcon with wings stretched
The molt from juvenile to adult plumage is evident in the breast feather pattern. Juveniles show a vertical barring pattern and adults horizontal; A/3 has some of both.


Researcher releasing falcon on the beach
Dan Varland releases A/3.




Date: April 11, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Sandra Miller




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
2 adults,
6 juveniles



Crows foraging in a pile of bull kelp.
Crows foraging in a pile of bull kelp.




Date: April 8, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore, Bill Hutton and Yvonne Cressy




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Merlin
4 adults,
2 juveniles
1



A one-year-old Bald Eagle looking around on the beach.
A one-year-old Bald Eagle looking around on the beach.




Date: March 27, 2009
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland and Dianna Moore




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
4 adults,
2 juveniles
1, age undetermined



Bald Eagle drinks from a creek.
Bald Eagle drinks from a creek.




Date: March 26, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland and Suzanne Tomlinson




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
10 adults,
7 juveniles



Bald Eagles (and crow) feeding at a sea lion carcass on the beach.
Bald Eagles (and crow) feed at a sea lion carcass on the beach today.




Date: March 15, 2009
Beach: Grayland
Observers: Dan Varland, Tom Rowley and Dan Miller.




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
1 adult,
2 juveniles



Property, complete with ladders for beach access, is south of our survey area at Washaway Beach.
Living on the edge. This property, complete with ladders for beach access, is south of our survey area at Washaway Beach.




Date: March 14, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Dave Murnen, and Mike Walter




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
6 adults,
2 juveniles





Date: March 2, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Bryan Bedrosian, Mary Kay Kenney, Rich Sivonen, Brian Sterling, and Tom Rowley.




Raptors Banded:
Species Color Band Code
Bald Eagle M/X



Two people holding hooded bald eagle
Mary Kay Kenney and Dan Varland process M/X, and adult female Bald Eagle captured on the beach at Ocean Shores this morning. Photo by Tom Rowley.


People observing restrained bird on table
Bryan Bedrosian talks with Yvonne Cressy and Bill Kirkham about our banding activities and the North American bird banding program, while M/X awaits her bands. Yvonne and Bill happened by as we were processing the bird. They stayed with us until M/X was released.


Syringe drawing blood from parted feathers.
Blood sample draw from M/X.


Man placing blood in specimen tube.
Bryan Bedrosian examines the blood sample from M/X. Back in Wyoming, Bryan analyzed blood lead levels from the six eagles captured during his stay. Good News! Lead levels were low to non-existent in our coastal eagles.




Date: March 1, 2009
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Bryan Bedrosian, Mary Kay Kenney, Dave Murnen, Scott Horton, Suzanne Tomlinson, Marc Tomlinson, Dan Miller, Rob Palmer and Nick Dunlop.




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



Flying falcon looking directly at the camera
This photograph by Rob Palmer is simply amazing. H/4 was banded at Long Beach on January 3, 2009.