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There were two seals that spent most of the hour in the near shore vicinity, sometimes very close to birds.
Lots of small fish were jumping throughout the period.
Birds were very active creating larger groups, dispersing and regrouping more in pairs sometimes. some flying and frequent diving. never did see a bird with a fish.
2017-06-07 @ Ketron SE
Survey start time: 6:40, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena
Keith Adams, William Wiskes adult PG count today: 5
total volunteer hours: 7.5
Sunny but cool, water very calm, some but not much fish jumping, tide going out.
Consistently 5 birds in vicinity, several regularly near shore.
7:07 a raccoon came walking from north along waters edge and continued walking south, eating or washing until we left at 7:40. Did not disturb birds on arrival but as birds moved around and left the beach area, none returned close to the beach but stayed further out.
7:15 last bird left shore area
7:15 As tide dropped a rock on southern tip was exposed and birds began to congregate around it, hopping on and off.
7:35 a peregrine falcon flew from west and perched along bluff near southern point. Stayed there for some time, then flew/dove out over the water to the south and west and came back to perch on several different trees, still to the south of the burrow sites.
7:38 2 porpoises far to east moved from S to N.
2017-06-14 @ Ketron SE
Survey start time: 6:25, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena adult PG count today: 14
total volunteer hours: 3
Tide going out, water pretty calm, only a few fish were jumping
Two birds caught fish and ate them, one appeared to be a sculpin, one a gunnel
Birds moved around by swimming, very little flying or diving. However, lots of vocalizations.
Birds periodically bunched up near shore in front of burrows.
6:55 - birds are widely scattered and at 7:00 only one bird remained in front of burrows. that one flew out towards others and returned without landing two times. Stayed in front of burrows.
7:16 - Peregrine falcon flew up to bluff perch from west, no response by birds evident
7:19 - falcon flew out and around and perched in tree further up the bluff, no response by birds evident
6:05 - Lyle Point: 17 birds visible out by channel marker
2017-06-23 @ Ketron SE
Survey start time: 6.30, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena adult PG count today: 6
total volunteer hours: 3.5
no burrow data entered
disturbance - raccoon walking edge of water (6:58 - 7:05)
(dive underwater, fly off water)
4 of 6 birds worked their way back to the water in front of the burrows. The raccoon was still there turning rocks over for food. Raccoon finally continued down beach at 7:20. He continued along beach and crossed around the SW site beach later with no impact to birds there.
Water was pretty smooth and saw almost no fish jumping. Tide was going out.
6:42 - spotted a single bird a bit north of site with a gunnel swimming and making short flights.
6:44 - Single bird moved over in front of burrows and was joined by 4, then a 5th bird. they were like follow the leader with the bird with fish in the lead swimming back and forth in lines or grouped up. the bird with fish took a couple more short flights and then - no more fish. Not sure if it ate or lost it.
7:16 - All but one bird flew around to the west side. the single bird moved out and was riding the current north.
7:27 - An eagle was well to the north of the site but not so far from birds riding current. Eagle caught something small and flew away to land.
Did not see the falcon today.
2017-06-28 @ Ketron SE
Survey start time: 7:50, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena adult PG count today: 8
total volunteer hours: 3.5
disturbance - moving boat (8:20 - 8:28)
(fly off water)
group of birds to north moved further north, small group near site flew off to west
High tide occurred just after we left. Wind picked up through entire time with small white caps. boat kept dragging anchor, pulling seaweed rather than engaging in bottom. Moved boat once without disturbing birds that were near by. Moved second time and disturbed birds. Consequently we left site early.
8:03 - 3 birds near shore in front of site, after this time, only 1-2 birds briefly swam near beach in front of site, mostly no birds near shore in front.
8:05 - 5 birds north of site and out in water, 2 near shore in front of site. 3 to 6 birds were consistently in the same general area north of site and out in deeper water throughout the survey.
8:10 - moved boat, birds all some distance from boat and did not change behavior - unless the bird that came out of burrow #3 came out due to the boat?
8:20 - moved boat again causing a disturbance this time.
8:30 - 6 birds well off shore, water is rougher and more difficult to reliably spot birds
8:35 - 5 birds off shore and 2 near site but to the south. had to move boat again so left the site. the 5 northern birds remained but the two flew off to south.
2017-07-05 @ Ketron SE
Survey start time: 6:35, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena adult PG count today: 14
total volunteer hours: 3.5
Tide was half out, very light wind and water was very calm. lots of small fish jumping. 8 birds on arrival, then and throughout some birds stayed to the north of the site while first 2 then larger number were in and out of the area just in front of the burrows. a few birds occasionally hung out south of the site.
Did not see the falcon and did not see much bird activity off the south end of the island.
2017-07-12 @ Ketron SE
Survey start time: 6:40, Observers: Paul and Nora Mena adult PG count today: 14
total volunteer hours: 3.5
Tide coming in until the last few minutes. Water was pretty calm, lots of fish jumping and schooling near surface.
7 birds on arrival, one had a sculpin.
6:35 - in contrast to last week, the birds were loosely grouped in front of the burrows and while some came and went except for a brief moment when all flew out to deeper water, there were always some birds in front.
6:40 - birds are singing and one bird has a gunnel, another has a sculpin so three birds with fish.
6:47 - lots of movement including the three birds with fish leading the other birds in follow the leader for a bit.
6:53 - sculpin bird flew off to point but then swam back to group by 6:58
6:59 - a sculpin and the gunnel bird took a short flight together.
7:03 - group is very active, even the birds with fish. look like they are playing leap frog, lots of splashing
7:04 - sculpin bird took flight and made delivery to #3, came out 1 minute later
7:06 - all birds flushed out to deeper water, did not see or hear any disturbance so don't know what it was. they immediately began swimming back to the near shore and stayed in two loose groups, each with a bird with fish.
7:08 - back together playing follow the leader with two fish birds in lead with lots of singing
7:10 - all dove together and came up very close together but much further out, then headed back to beach
7:13 - another bird with sculpin, so 2 with sculpin and one with gunnel
7:16 - sculpin bird took flight and made delivery to #3, came out 1 minute later
7:24 - two fish birds near beach, rest are scattered about the area.
2017-07-17 @ Ketron SE
Survey start time: 6:30, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena,
Mike Melton, William Wiskes adult PG count today: 10
total volunteer hours: 5
disturbance - Falcon chased Green Heron over site (7:10 - 7:13)
(flee bluff or beach)
The heron landed on the beach near the burrows and the falcon flew up and perched above on the bluff.
The PG moved off shore a little bit and then played follow the leader back towards the beach. the green heron remained on the edge of the water.
There were 10 birds on arrival. the tide was going out. the birds moved around some, grouping and scattering but mostly staying near by.
6:30 - there were 2 birds with sculpin near the beach and one with a gunnel off the beach in a larger group.
There were two peregrine falcons above the bluff calling to each other and one perched high on the bluff, other in the trees nearby
6:40 - one sculpin bird flew away, two others stayed near shore while rest of birds scattered out.
6:58 - a bird showed up with a very large red gunnel, joined other two birds near shore.
7:15 - 7 birds are grouped up off the beach and a little north with lots of singing.