Date: May 20, 2019

Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Clay Wilburn, Cayla Naumann and Jay Park. 


Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Peregrine Falcon
3 adults, 8 immatures  2 immatures


Individuals Marked 

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon 21/B



Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Peregrine Falcon 35/B




Crows foraging in bull kelp. Dan Varland photo. 

Sanderlings foraging in sand.  Dan Varland photo.

Here you see an extremely approachable Peregrine Falcon! We pulled up on 

the side opposite to talk with the driver and found Ocean Shores photographer 

Skip Radcliffe. Skip relayed that the falcon was banded, wearing visual ID 

band 35/B. He graciously moved on, allowing us a an opportunity for some 

photos of our own.  Dan Varland photo.


35/B, a female we banded on October 30, 2018 at Ocean Shores. Today marks 

the 21st sighting of 35/B since she was banded; all have occurred at Ocean 

Shores. 35/5 turned one year of age this month. Happy Birthday 35/B! Dan 

Varland photo.

Dan Varland photo.

It's been said that sometimes dogs resemble their owners... Dan Varland photo.

Fishing for Surf Perch at the Ocean Shores jetty.  Dan Varland photo.

Dan Varland photo.

Further along in the survey we captured a Peregrine Falcon. Our first since

January 14. Cayla holds the falcon for a head measurement. Erin Keene photo. 

Another one-year old female peregrine like 35/B, we fitted her with 

visual ID band 21/B. Jessie Huggins photo. 

Getting ready to draw a blood sample.  Jessie Huggins photo. 

Jessie Huggins photo.

Group photo with 21/B. Everyone is looking at the camera except the falcon!

L to R: Clay Wilburn, Dan Varland, Cayla Naumann and Jay Park.  Jessie Huggins 



Date: May 13, 2019

Location: Ocean Shores

Observers: Dan Varland, Clay Wilburn, Dan and Sandra Miller.

Photos by Dan Varland.


Raptor Count

Bald Eagle
5 adults, 3  immatures

Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle B/O


Bald Eagle with visual ID band B/O (unreadable in this'll have to

take my word for it!). 

Marbled Godwit (right) and Red Knot. 

Marbled Godwits snoozing. The knot has his eyes closed too!

Dunlin, many in breeding plumage (black bellies), dowitchers and Black-bellied

Plovers (larger two in the back).


Bald Eagle pair with the smaller male on the left. 


Enjoying life at the beach. 

These two also! 

Bald Eagle. Most molt to their white-headed, white-tailed selves in five years 

(some do it in four years, some six). If this eagle is on the 5-year plan, he's four


Ruddy Turnstone. 


Date: May 7, 2019

Location: Long Beach

Observers: Dan Varland, Clay Wilburn, Rich Vroman, and Claire Sides.

Photos by Dan Varland.

Raptor Count

Bald Eagle Osprey Turkey Vulture
4 adults,
5 immatures
3  3


Marked Individuals Observed

Species Color Marker Code
Bald Eagle M/R

Bald Eagles, with a the larger female on the left. 

A closer view. 


Three-year-old Bald Eagle and crow.

Caspian Terns. The tern on the left is banded. 

Close-up of the tern's bands. 

Ruddy Turnstones and Short-billed Dowitchers.

Short-billed Dowitchers.

Banded Snowy Plover.

Close-up of the bands.


April 6, 2019

Location: Cascades Raptor Center, Eugene, Oregon


Nike the Gyrfalcon at the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon on April

10, 2019. Cascades Raptor Center is a nonprofit raptor rehabilitation and education 

facility. The photo was taken by Cliff Davis, brother of long-time Coastal 

Raptors volunteer Dianna Moore. Cliff and his wife Mary had stopped in to 

the Center for a look around. The next photo, also taken by Cliff, is of a plaque 

on Nike's cage that describes how Nike came to be a member of their "enrichment 

team" 2005! 


Captured at less than one year of age, Nike will be age 15 this spring! How long 

can Gyrfalcons live in the wild? The oldest on record with the US Bird Banding 

Lab is 15 years of age, maybe older, according to the website. That falcon was at 

least 2 years old at capture when banded on January 18, 2003 in Wisconsin. 


The 25-mile long Long Beach Peninsula 

showing the capture location at the north end. 

The Gyrfalcon, a first-year female with a severe eye infection, on the day we 

captured her, February 26, 2005.  



Tom Loughin and me with the rescued Gyrfalcon. Tom and I met at Iowa State 

University in 1988 while he was working on a PhD in statistics and I was doing 

the same in Animal Ecology. While at Iowa State, Tom helped graduate students 

with statistical analyses for their graduate research projects as a part-time 

employment. Huge help! 


The whole Loughin family was along that day. Left to right with Tom: 

daughters Hannah and Julianne and wife Marie. They had traveled down from 

Surrey, British Columbia where Tom was teaching statistics at Simon Fraser 


Nike in 2014. Photo sent to me by The Cascades Raptor 


Nike in 2016. Another photo sent to me by The Cascades Raptor Center. 


March 8, 2019

Ocean Shores' Skip Radcliffe and Pat Hayes took photos of P/7, a female Peregrine

Falcon banded by Coastal Raptors in 2015.  She'll be four years old this May. 

In Skip's photo above, the visual ID band is visible on the left leg. 

In Pat' photo above, feathers cover the bands. It's not uncommon for falcons 

to perch in chilly weather with feathers covering legs and feet. Doing 

so helps retain body heat. 

This photo and the one below of P/7 photo were taken by Eva Bora on July 7, 


Age one at the time of Eva's photos, P/7 is beginning 

the molt to the blue-gray plumage of older-aged 

individuals. Eva captured these photos at the 

Oyhut Game Range which is located at the south end 

end of Ocean Shores. 


Dan Varland with P/7 on the day she was banded, November 2, 2015. Six 

months old at the time of the photo, she was in immature plumage. John

Larson photo. 


March 24, 2019

Adult Bald Eagles on the beach at Ocean Shores.  The eagle in the foreground 

wears visual identification band M/Z and was banded by Coastal Raptors 

April 20, 2018.  Photo by Pat Hayes.



March 27, 2019


Peregrine Falcon feeding on a bird at Ocean Shores. Though the bands are not 

visible here, this individual was banded. This photo and the closeup photo 

were taken by Pat Hayes. 


Close examination revealed the visual identification code was M/5. M/5, a male,

was banded by Coastal Raptors on January 19, 2013 at Ocean Shores. Peregrines 

complete the molt from brown to blue-gray plumage in their second fall or winter 

before age 2. M/5 was in full blue-gray plumage in 2013, indicating he was at least

age one at the time. Therefore by March 2019 when Pat took his photo, M/5 was 

at least six years old.