Notes from the Field (Summer 2014):

Date: June 27, 2014
Location: Connie Kingsbury's house on Duck Lake Drive, Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dianna Moore and Connie Kingsbury.


Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle U/O
Bald Eagle M/D


Connie Kingsbury on her deck at Ocean Shores. Over her left shoulder is a Bald Eagle nest.
Connie Kingsbury on her deck at Ocean Shores. Over her left shoulder is a Bald Eagle nest.
Dan Varland photo.


Fir trees
The nest is in the shorter tree on the right; it has been an active eagle nest for several years. Connie had shared that both adults were banded. One of the eagles perched close enough to the deck that we were able to read the band with a spotting scope from that location.
It was M/D, a male banded on the beach on March 18, 2012!


The other eagle was perched too far for reading the band from the deck. I walked out for a closer look.
The other eagle was perched too far for reading the band from the deck. I walked out for a closer look.
Connie Kingsbury photo.


female Bald Eagle
This photo of the female was taken from the mudflat using my spotting scope.
It was U/O, an eagle we banded on June 9, 2012.
Dan Varland photo.



Date: June 24, 2014
Location: Wayman's yard, north side of Grays Harbor, 4 miles west of Hoquiam, WA
Helping at trap site: Dan Varland, Pam McCauley, and Dan Miller.


Raptors Banded at Trap Site:
Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle D/O


Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Marker Code
Turkey Vulture AL



Pam McCauley with Bald Eagle D/O at the trap site.


woman holding a hooded bald eagle



close up of banded bald eagle legs



When the eagle finally arrived, she fired the launcher and caught him! Great job, Pam!
Pam had been in the blind for hours, patiently waiting for an eagle to arrive and feed at the trap site (one was observed there the day before). We stayed in touch by text message: she was in the blind and I was in my office 400 feet away. When the eagle finally arrived, she fired the launcher and caught him! Great job, Pam!
Dan Miller photo.


D/O takes flight!
D/O takes flight!
Dan Miller photo.



Date: June 23, 2014
Location: Wayman's yard, north side of Grays Harbor, 4 miles west of Hoquiam, WA
Helping at trap site: Dan Varland, Pam McCauley, Trish Safstrom, and Joan Prentice.


Raptors Banded at Trap Site:
Species Color Marker Code
Turkey Vulture AP
Turkey Vulture BL
Turkey Vulture BM


Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Marker Code
Turkey Vulture AL


Baiting with a deer carcass, we captured three Turkey Vultures. Three more escaped the net!
Baiting with a deer carcass, we captured three Turkey Vultures. Three more escaped the net!
Pam McCauley photo.


The three vultures await processing in my driveway inside avian transport containers.
The three vultures await processing in my driveway inside avian transport containers. My driveway is just a few hundred feet from the trap site. How convenient!
Dan Varland photo.


Turkey Vulture BL just before release.
Turkey Vulture BL just before release.
Pam McCauley photo.



Date: June 19, 2014
Location: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller and Trish Safstrom.


Raptor count:
Bald Eagle
8 adults,
5 juveniles


Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle U/O
Common Raven ROYLGS


Bald Eagle pair north of Ocean Shores.
Bald Eagle pair north of Ocean Shores.



Date: June 14, 2014
Location: Wayman's yard, north side of Grays Harbor, 4 miles west of Hoquiam, WA
Observers at trap site: Dan Varland, Pam McCauley, and Josh Benton.


Raptors Banded at Trap Site:
Species Color Marker Code
Turkey Vulture BP


Marked Individuals Observed:
Species Color Marker Code
Turkey Vulture AL


Josh Benton (right) and Matt Prentice with BP, an adult Turkey Vulture.
Josh Benton (right) and Matt Prentice with BP, an adult Turkey Vulture. Two vultures dropped in to feed at the deer c arcass we had set as bait in front of the net launcher. One escaped the net as it dropped. We saw as many as eight vultures in the Wayman yard before the capture. One was AL, a Turkey Vulture we tagged at the same location on August 27, 2013.


Pam McCauley with BP just before release.
Pam McCauley with BP just before release.



Date: June 1, 2014
Location: Hoquiam Wastewater Treatment Plant lagoon, Hoquiam, WA
Observers at trap site: Dan Varland, Tom Rowley, Josh Benton, Al Gregory and Sandra Miller.


Raptors Banded at Trap Site:
Species Color Marker Code
Common Raven right leg: green over yellow bands
left leg: silver over yellow bands
Turkey Vulture AN
Turkey Vulture BK


First in to feed was a raven, which we captured in short order
First in to feed was a raven, which we captured in short order! All photos by Tom Rowley.


raven laying on the ground


raven head with long beak being measured


The raven's leg with silver USGS band.
The raven's leg with silver USGS band.


Turkey Vulture feeds on the halibut carcass bait with net launcher in the background.
Turkey Vulture feeds on the halibut carcass bait with net launcher in the background.


With four at the bait, the net launcher was fired.
With four at the bait, the net launcher was fired.


Three of four Turkey Vultures were captured.
Three of four Turkey Vultures were captured. One escaped while after he was removed from the net, leaving two to wing tag and sample.


3 men and a woman
L to R: Sandra Miller, Josh Benton, Hoquiam Wastewater Treatment Plant supervisor Al Gregory, and Dan Varland.


close up of turkey vulture head


Blood sampling
Blood sampling


Going in to swab the trachea.
Going in to swab the trachea. The swab will be sent to Colorado State University to test for Coxiella, a bacterium that causes disease in marine mammals.


Applying wing tag AN.
Applying wing tag AN.


man releasing turkey vulture


turkey vulture in flight


turkey vulture in flight