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.