Date: May 25, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Dianna Moore and Sandra Miller.

 

Comments: All photos by Dan Varland.

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle
1 adult, 1 immature

 

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Common Raven ROYLGS

 

 

Fishing for surf perch. 

This Gray Whale, like the one we saw during a survey on the Long Beach 

Peninsula on April 28, died from entanglement in ropes used to mark crab pot 

locations.  

 

Common Raven with visual ID bands feeding on a bird carcass. This raven is 

ROYLGS, a female banded by Coastal Raptors on April 23, 2014. The sighting 

today marks the 29th since she was banded. All have been on the Ocean Shores

study area, which is not surprising since ravens are non-migratory. 

 


 

 

Sanderlings.

 

 

Sanderlings bathing at Conner Creek. 

 

 


April 29, 2018

Location: Long Beach

Observers: Dan Varland, Glenn Marquardt, Patti Manigault, Chris McClure, Dee 

Boersma and Richard Thorstrom.

 

Comments: Patti, Chris, Dee and Richard were part of a group from The 

Peregrine Fund that Coastal Raptors hosted on a tour a day ago on April 28.  

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Osprey
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
21 adults, 17 immature  1 age uncertain 2 adults 1 adult, 
1 age uncertain

 

 

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle M/Z

 

Left to right: Richard Thorstrom, Dan Varland, Patti Manigault, Chris McClure

and Dee Boersma. Glenn Marquardt photo. 

 

Three-year-old Bald Eagle. Richard Thorstrom photo. 

 

 

 

M/Z, a female Bald Eagle we captured and banded on the beach 47.5 miles north 

of this location just nine days ago on April 20. Richard Thorstrom 

photo. 

Glenn and Dee talking it up. Dan Varland photo. 

Looking skyward at a large flock of birds heading north. Dan Varland photo. 

 

 

Cackling Geese. Once thought among the smaller race of Canada Goose, the

Cackling Goose is now recognized as a unique and separate species. Dan Varland 

photo. 

 

 

Range map of the Cackling Goose as posted on the Cornell Laboratory of

Ornithology website. 

 

April 28, 2018

Location: Long Beach

Observers: Lots of them!

Today's survey included many Board members, staff members and other

associates of The Peregrine Fund. The Peregrine Fund, a world-class non-profit 

organization dedicated to raptor conservation, is based in Boise, Idaho. The 

information below is from their website at www.peregrinefund.org. 

 

"The Peregrine Fund was founded in 1970 to restore the Peregrine Falcon, which was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999. That success encouraged the organization to expand its focus and apply its experience and understanding to raptor conservation efforts on behalf of more than 100 species in 65 countries worldwide, including the California Condor and Aplomado Falcon in the United States. The organization is non-political, solution-oriented and hands-on, with a mission to:

  • Restore rare species through captive breeding and releases
  • Improve capacity for local conservation
  • Conduct scientific research and environmental education
  • Conserve habitat"

The group had completed a Board meeting in  Portland, Oregon, then traveled 

to the coast for a weekend retreat that included raptor survey with Coastal Raptors. 


 

 

In the upper right of the photo above are, left to right: Rich Van 

Buskirk (President, Coastal Raptors), Joe Buchanan 

(Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife), Glenn 

Marquardt (Coastal Raptors volunteer) and me. We served as

drivers and tour guides for much of the group. In all, there were 

about 35 people eight or nine vehicles, some driven by Peregrine Fund staff. 

 

 

Crossing this creek became a bit tricky as a wave pushed water far upstream! 

We had to wait for the wave to pull back. Dan Varland photo. 

 

We came across this beach Gray Whale carcass. The whale died offshore after 

getting entangled in crab pot rope lines. 

 

Tom Cade, founder of The Peregrine Fund, looks at Bald Eagles feeding.

We had dinner at The Depot in Long Beach after the survey. Dan Varland photo. 

Tom Cade and Joe Buchanan chat. Dan Varland. 

 

 

April 20, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Tim Boyer, Dave Murnen and Dianna Moore. 

 

Individuals Marked

Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle M/Z

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
3 adults, 4 immature 2 immature

 

 

 

A coyote pauses to look north.  Dan Varland photo.   

 

Dog walker.  Dan Varland photo.   

 

The placard reads "4 Million Dog Attacks Each Year in the USA". We stopped

to talk with him and found out that his dog had been attacked by unleashed dogs

on many occasions. Dan Varland photo.   

 

 

Immature Peregrine Falcon. He (or she!) was banded, but we were unable to 

get a  read on the band. Dan Varland photo.   

Three year old Bald Eagle.  Dan Varland photo.   

 

We captured this female Bald Eagle north of Conner 

Creek. Tim Boyer photo. 

 

She got visual identification band M/Z. Tim Boyer photo. 

With Dianna Moore cradling and Dave Murnen keeping wing extended, I draw

a blood sample. Tim Boyer photo. 


In this video of the release, I refer to the eagle as a male. A later analysis of measurements

hallux claw and bill depth, revealed that "he" was actually a "she" (females are larger). 

Tim Boyer video.

 

 

April 12, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Glenn Marquardt, Sandra Miller, Rocio Crespo, Caitlin 

Quesenberry, Cody Crenwelge, Thomas Wurtz, and Jo Cobb. 

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
7 adults, 5 immature 1 immature 1 age uncertain


Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon D/8

 

Participating in today's survey from the School of Veterinary Medicine at 

Washington State University: Dr. Rocio Crespo (left of Dan Varland) and, left 

to right after Dan, veterinary students Thomas Wurtz, Caitlin Quesenberry, 

Cody Crenwelge and Jo Cobb. Glenn Marquardt photo.

 

First-year Bald Eagle. This photo and the others below from this survey by Dan 

Varland.

 

Adult Bald Eagle. 

 

Marbled Godwits. We saw 15-20 feeding together.  

 

 

Adult Bald Eagles feeding on a sea lion carcass. 

 

 

 

 

 

First-year male Peregrine Falcon D/8 feeding on a shorebird. We banded D/8  

on March 11, 2018.  

 

April 9, 2018

Location: Long Beach

Observers: Dan Varland, Dale Larson, Rich Vroman and Claire Sides. 

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
Turkey Vulture
Merlin
11 adults, 18 immature 1 immature 7 adults 1
age uncertain

 

 

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon B/6

 

Survey start point, south end of the Long Beach Peninsula. Dale Larson photo.

Turkey Vultures facing away from the ocean and into the morning sun.

Photo of a smart phone photographer...and eagle! Dan Varland photo. 

First-year Bald Eagle feeds on a sea lion carcass. Dan Varland photo. 

 

Bald Eagle perched at Leadbetter Point at the north end of the Long Beach 

Peninsula. Dale Larson photo. 

Dan Varland photo. 

 

April 3, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Stephanie and Haley Loggins.


Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
3 adults, 4 immature 1 adult, 1 immature

 

Individuals Marked

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon S/6
Peregrine Falcon D/8

 

Haley and I get the wind speed and direction at the survey start. Stephanie 

Loggins photo. 

 

Peregrine Falcon S/6. Banded on October 28, 2016, she'll be age 2 in May. 

 Haley Loggins photo. 

S/6 at liftoff. Haley Loggins photo. 

Peregrine Falcon D/8. Banded March 3, 2018, he'll be age 1 in May.  Haley 

Loggins photo. 

 

Dunlin and Sanderling get breakfast. Haley Loggins 

photo. 

 

March 28, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Tom Rowley, Dan Miller and Cecelia Boulais.

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
8 adults, 6 immature 1 adult, 1 immature

 

Individuals Marked

Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle A/2

 

 

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon S/6

 

 

All photos by Tom Rowley. 

 

Peregrine Falcon S/6.  

 

First-year peregrine without bands. We tried to capture him but to no avail. We 

fed him well in the process...note the full crop!

 

 

We did manage to snare this first-year Bald Eagle in our attempt to capture the 

peregrine.

 

 

 

Yikes! 

Double yikes!

Triple yikes! Cold, cold water!!!We were north of Connor Creek when we 

captured the eagle. High tide, at 9.5 feet, was an hour away. I waded in to find 

a safe crossing. The water was too deep at this point. Downstream a short distance, 

the water level was lower and we were able to drive across. Safely on the other 

side, we processed and released the eagle.  

 

Triple 

Cecelia Boulais with our Bald Eagle ready for banding and blood sampling. In 

a "thank you" note a few days after the survey, Cecelia wrote, "Thank you for 

such a wonderful survey experience. Sorry we didn't capture the peregrine, but

I never expected to be holding an eagle. Absolutely astounding!"

 

Big eagle, small scale. 

His weight:  8.5 pounds (3,975 grams).

Showing off the bands. 

Dan Miller, Cecelia and me with A/2 just before we released him.  

 

 

March 18, 2018

Location: Long Beach

Observer:  Louie Champan

 

Banded Gyrfalcon. This beautiful photo and the next are by Louie Champan, 

who happened across the bird near the Oysterville Road beach access at Long 

Beach. We captured and banded this individual, a first-year female, on February

12, 2018 at Ocean Shores (30 miles north).

 

Louie Champan photo. 

 

 

Date: March 11, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dorianne Seel, Kerry Marl and Dianna Moore. 

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
2 adults, 1 immature 1 immature


Individuals Marked

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon D/8

Sanderlings feeding with two Dunlins, one in the center of the field of view 

and another on the far right.  Dan Varland photo.

D/8, a first year male Peregrine Falcon we captured and banded. Dan Varland 

photo. 

Dorianne with D/8. Dan Varland photo.

Dan Varland photo.

 

Dan Varland photo.

 

Date: March 7, 2018

Location: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Tony Starlight, Mike Smith, Luke Smith, Gerrit Vyn, 

Shannon, Charlotte Kilien. 


Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon Merlin Northern Harrier
11 adults, 9 immatures 2 adults 1 adult 1
age uncertain

 

 

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon W/6

 

All photos, unless otherwise noted, by Tony Starlight!

 

Common Raven.

Merlin. 

Adult male. Adult male Merlins have blue wing and back feathers. 

These feathers are brown in females and immatures of both genders.

 

Immature Bald Eagles feed on a marine mammal carcass. 

Adult Bald Eagles. The larger female lifts off with a Dungeness Crab. 

Dunlins flying north. Later in the survey we saw two Peregrine Falcons hunting 

a large flock of shorebirds. Focused on the falcons, we didn't take time to ID  

that flock to species!

Both peregrines, an adult male and an adult female, landed close together not 

far from us.  

The male was not banded. 

 

 

The female WAS banded! We tried to capture her and the male, but were 

unsuccessful. The red band indicates she was banded at Long Beach. With time 

we were able to read the visual ID band on her left leg: W/6. Coastal Raptors 

banded W/6 at Long Beach about a mile north of where we found her today on 
October 31, 2014.

 

W/6 getting her visual identification band in 2014. Will Dixon photo. 

Banding day. Back then W/6 was again observed with a male. That day we 

managed to capture and band both birds. Here I'm holding the male and Jay 

Gamboa holds W/6.  Will Dixon photo. 

 

Until today, W/6 had been sighted only once. That sighting, which came with 

this spectacular photo of her, was by Douglas Brown. Douglas spotted her at 

the far south end of the Long Beach Peninsula on October 3, 2015.

 

Tony and I sing "Band on the Bird", a Tony Starlight inspired remake of the

Paul McCartney song "Band on the Run". Gerrit Vyn, holding the camera, 

recorded our performance with Mike and Luke Smith patiently looking on and 

holding a copy of the lyrics!

 




Band on the Bird!



Date: March 3, 2018

Location: Long Beach

Observer: Howard Morris.

 

This photo and the others in the series were taken by Howard Morris, who

happened upon this pair of Bald Eagles when they decided to copulate. In 23 

years of beach surveys, I've never been lucky enough to see this. Thanks for

sharing your photos, Howard!

 

 

Date: March 2, 2018

Location: Grayland
Observers: Dan Varland, Albert Watters, Dan and Sandra Miller. 

 

Raptor Count 

Bald Eagle
8 adults, 11 immatures

 

Snow Plovers. Dan Varland photo. 

We saw an exceptionally large number of Bald Eagles on our survey today, 

most of them were feeding on or perched near three marine mammal carcasses.

Dan Varland photo. 

Dan Varland photo.