Notes from the Field (Summer 2009):

Date: August 19, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Suzanne Tomlinson, Ellen Pickell and Dianna Moore.




Raptor count:
Merlin
1 adult



Bald Eagle tracks in the sand
Bald Eagle tracks (three toes forward, one back). This set was next to a gull the eagle had eaten. Though the tracks were fresh this morning, we did not see the eagle. Ellen Pickell photo.




Date: August 12, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Tom Rowley, Dale Larson, and Bill Mayne.




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
1 adult



Date: August 1, 2009
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Javan Bauder, Dan Miller and Bill Ritchie




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Osprey
8 adults,
1 juvenile
1



Bald Eagle perched on Area Closed sign
Bald Eagle perched on sign restricting access to the Snowy Plover nesting area at the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula.




Date: June 26, 2009
Beach: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore, Yvonne Cressy and Bill Kirkham




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
2 juveniles



A four-year-old bald eagle; this individual still has brown feathers on its head.
That's not dirt on this Bald Eagle's head! A four-year-old, this individual still has brown feathers on its head. Bald Eagles typically reach adulthood, sporting pure white heads and tails, at the age of five.


Fishing line wrapped around driftwood just below the eagle's feet.
Fishing line wrapped around driftwood just below the eagle's feet. Fishing line tangles are significant threats to birds and other animals along our coastal beaches.


A Bald Eagle perched on driftwood.
Three-year-old Bald Eagle.




Date: June 17, 2009
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore, Yvonne Cressy and Bill Kirkham




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
4 adults,
1 juvenile



Date: June 8, 2009
Beach: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Mary Kay, Philip and Sam Kenney
Comments: We saw an amazing number of Bald Eagles from the Long Beach Peninsula today. In an addition to 20 we counted during the survey, there were 30 more, 20 adults and 10 juveniles, perched on the mudflat and island north of Leadbetter Point.




Raptor count:
Bald Eagle Turkey Vulture
5 adults,
15 juveniles
2