Date: October 11, 2019

Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Dave Murnen, and Denny Hieronymus


Raptor Count

Bald Eagle


Peregrine Falcon

Northern Harrier
3 adults 1 age uncertain 2 immatures 3 age uncertain


Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Common Raven LSGRGO

Crossing Conner Creek north of  Ocean Shores. 

Dave Murnen holds a first-year female Peregrine Falcon that we captured today. 

She received visual ID band 36/B. 





Common Ravens feeding on a seal carcass, with one on the right a bird we 

banded on May 5, 2015. Today's sighting of LSGRGO is the 12th since banding

day. The banded one, a male, has removed two bands we applied to his right



his right leg (





Patriotic beach walker. 




Date: October 6, 2019

Location: Long Beach

Observers: Dan Varland, Dale Larson, Sophie Garcia-Heras, Hankyu Kim, 

Rich Vroman, Glenn Marquardt, and Claire Sides. 

All photos by Dan Varland unless otherwise noted. 


Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
2 adults  1 adult, 2 immatures


Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon R/7
Common Raven  RSYLOG



Dale Larson (left) and Rich Vroman (right): onward to Ocean Park. 


Our destination: The George Johnson House, a Bed and 

Breakfast in Ocean Park, Washington.

The breakfast table. Our most excellent breakfast was prepared and served by 

Charlotte Killien, our hostess and proprietor of the George Johnson House.

With clear skies and the temperature in the mid-60's, the weather couldn't have

been better! Many were out enjoying the day.   

Hankyu  Kim with R/7, a female Peregrine Falcon we had captured and banded 

on the Long Beach Peninsula on January 14, 2019. We re-captured her today, 

1.1 miles from where she was banded, to collect blood and feather samples. 


R/7 has just about completed her molt to the blue-gray plumage characteristic 

of peregrines after age one; this molt typically begins around 10 months of age 

and, as with R/7, is nearly complete at about 15 months of age. In this photo,

a few brown feathers are visible on her back and wing. 


Natasha Peters with R/6 on banding day, January 14, 2019. 

The shiny new bands on banding day. 

This photo of R/7 feeding on a gull was taken on the Columbia River's East 

Sand Island, which is south of the Long Beach Peninsula. On this date, June 14, 

2019, R/6 was still very much in immature plumage. Photo by Tim Lawes. 

Sophia Garcia-Heras releases R/7. Claire Sides photo. 

Banded male Common Raven in the wrack line. Though not clearly visible in this

photo, he was wearing a silver US Geological Survey band above a yellow band

on his right leg and a gray band on his left. He also had an orange band on his 

left leg, but removed it sometime between our last sighting of him and this one. 

This raven is identified as RSYLOG: right leg Silver over Yellow, left leg Orange 

over Gray. We have not changed his identifier, despite his shedding a band. 


Here his three bands are clearly visible. Hankyu Kim photo. 


We saw RSYLOG during a survey on August 18, 2017. He was 1.3 miles from 

where we found him today; all four bands were present back then. Photo by 

Victor Estrada. 

Snowy Plover. We counted 56 Snowy Plovers at the north end of the Peninsula. 

We identified four as banded, thanks to photos taken by Hankyu.  The photos

will be sent to Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, which has an active program of

research and monitoring of the species on the Peninsula. Hankyu Kim photo. 

Another banded Snowy Plover. Hankyu Kim photo. 

Mount Rainier as seen from the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula. 


Date: September 13, 2019


Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Tom Rowley, Dan Miller and Sandra Miller. 

Photos by Dan Varland.


Raptor Count

Bald Eagle
2 adults

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle B/O


Bald Eagle at liftoff. This eagle wears identification band B/O; Coastal Raptors

banded him  on June 12, 2015. We see him often during surveys, always on

the Ocean Shores study area where he was banded.  


Brown Pelican and gulls. 

Engine trouble offshore resulted in this cabin cruiser standing.  


Another standing! The front wheels of this van were stuck. The driver, 

unconcerned, was having his morning coffee.