Date: January 6, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, Pam McCauley and Virginia Molenaar

 

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
3 adults, 1 immature 1 adult 2 immatures


Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon R/6
Peregrine Falcon Z/P

 

New wood arrives! Dan Varland photo. 

 

Young cat follows his owner, who paused to get a photo.  Dan Varland photo. 

Dan Varland photo. 

 

Relaxing day at the beach, Pacific Northwest style! Dan Varland photo. 

 

Pam McCauley with a first-year female Peregrine Falcon

we captured for banding and tissue sampling. Virginia

Molenaar photo.  

Banding. Virginia Molenaar photo. 

Weighing. Virginia Molenaar photo. 

Dan Varland photo. 

 

We ran across this Peregrine Falcon in adult plumage bathing in a creek. Photo

series by Dan Varland. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banded bird! A closer look, first with an enlarged photo and later with a 

spotting scope, indicated this was R/6. We banded R/6 not far from this location

on September 18, 2014. She's been re-sighted during our surveys and by others

52 times since then. This is the first re-sighting anyone's reported since last March. 

 

The 'R' is just readable in this photo 

enlargement. She flew south and landed, 

at which point we were able to use a scope

and see a lower numeric was a '6'.  

 

Date: December 21, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Glenn Marquardt, Bill Morgan and Sandra Miller

Comments: Photos by Dan Varland

 

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
1 adult, 1 age uncertain 1 adult

 

 

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon Z/D

 

A wonderful morning to be out on the beach, despite the chilliness. 



Pat Hayes photographs a Bald Eagle perched in the dunes. 



Common Ravens feeding on a skate or a ray. The one on the right is banded. 

Most likely, it's one we banded at Ocean Shoes for the avian scavenger study. 

We apply three color bands and a silver US Geological Survey band to each 

raven captured, so if it's one of ours, he's removed the colorful ones. 



Leaving the feeding site with a mouthful!

 

We saw this Peregrine Falcon and were able to identify it as banded when it 

stood higher before take off. 




This was Z/D, a female we banded as a first-year bird on the Ocean 

Shores beach on January 21, 2017. 

 

Date: December 11, 2017
Location: Grayland
Observers: Dan Varland, Tom Rowley, Mary O'Neil and Sandra Miller. 

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle
11




Immature Bald Eagle on sea lion carcass. Dan Varland photo. 



Gull on whale carcass.  Dan Varland photo. 



Dan Varland photo. 



It was a chilly morning, as evidenced by ice crystals on the sand. Dan Varland

photo. 



We saw four color-banded Snow Plovers during the survey.  Dan Varland photo. 



Tom Rowley photo. 



Tom Rowley photo.

 


We sent photos of the plovers to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 

biologist Cyndie Sundstrom. Cyndie is the field biologist overseeing the Snowy 

Plover monitoring effort on the beach in the Grayland area. Tom Rowley photo. 

 


Snowy Plover tracks.


Date: December 8, 2017
Location: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Dan Miller, Bill Morgan and Albert Watters.

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Northern Harrier
7 adults, 1 immatures 1

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle B/O


Northern Harrier. Dan Varland photo. 

 

Bald Eagle with Dungeness Crab.  Dan Varland photo series. 

 

Breakfast is interrupted by an incoming wave. 

 

 

 

Date: December 1, 2017
Location: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Sandra Miller, Tom Rowley and Mary O'Neil.

 

 

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Northern Harrier
5 adults, 3 immatures

 


Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle B/O


Bald Eagle with visual identification band B/O.  Dan Varland photo. 


Coastal Raptors banded B/O on June 12, 2015.  Dan Varland photo.