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Lots of small fish jumping.
Birds active grouping up, then dispersing, then grouping in small to large groups.
Birds mostly offshore, One bird briefly hopped on a rock at waters edge.
We surveyed at the southern end where there appear to be several possible burrows. Over the hour about a third of the birds were grouping off shore of the bluff areas to the north where we had spotted a few holes the day before. While birds did do some single and pair flying in circles, did not see any approach the land in the air.
2017-06-07 @ Ketron SW
Survey start time: 7:55, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena
Keith Adams and William Wiskes adult PG count today: 16
total volunteer hours: 7.75
Sunny, water calm, some fish jumping, tide going out
Moored off middle site along SE bluff area and could still see some burrows on southern site as well as approach to other burrows out of sight. Did not see any approach. While watching SE site, also checking for any flights towards bluff on south western side near tip. Did not see any.
On arrival the birds are generally grouped towards the northern site area as well as more towards the middle which is why we moored there instead of more to the south.
8:05 was the highest count of 16, the three regular counts were 7-14, each count included some birds that were consistently more to the north but still easily seen with birds dispersing and regrouping around the whole area.
8:30 the birds moved further off shore and were riding the current north past the sites
8:50 large school of gunnel moved along the east side of the boat. lots of them!
9:06 while motoring past LYLE POINT counted 20 birds in immediate vicinity.
2017-06-14 @ Ketron SW
Survey start time: 7:40, Observers: Paul and Nora Mena adult PG count today: 32
total volunteer hours: 3.5
The birds on the west side were very active the entire hour, moving up and down the shoreline, staying near the shore in a couple of spots and then moving out towards the channel or off the tip of the island. Lots of vocalization, both calling and whistles.
Activity included lots of short flights as single birds, pairs or more. One pair flew up and down the shore and low and high in the air for at least 2 minutes before I lost sight of them.
7:46 - bird flew down from bluff in vicinity of new burrow #2. did not see it soon enough to verify it came from a burrow.
7:48 and 7:52 - pair circled up to new burrow 2 but then landed in the water.
7:54 - pair circled up to new burrow and one went in while the other landed (notes on form wrongly reference this series of activity at burrow #1)
8:10 - bird briefly sat on ledge at a third possible burrow which is further south of the two active ones, noted on photo.
8:40 - slowly moved boat up and down the shore verifying the active burrow locations through the vegetation. The 2nd burrow site is heavily screened.
8:50 - the peregrine falcon suddenly grabbed a pigeon guillemot out of the group near shore in front of the burrow with the ledge sitting. It took the bird up on the beach to eat. Initially, it kept its wings out, not sure if that was for balance as the guillemot struggled. It did not last long.
2017-06-23 @ Ketron SW
Survey start time: 7:45, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena adult PG count today: 26
total volunteer hours: 3.5
Water pretty smooth but the current picked up considerably by the end of the hour as the tide continued out. there was one school of fish nearby.
There were almost no birds on the northern end of the bluff area.
Throughout the hour there were usually at least 2, up to 6, birds in front of the first burrow area which is where the 3rd burrow is as well. The rest of the birds mostly stayed just west of the point of the island grouping up and dispersing. It appeared that at least some birds moved among the areas.
Saw no activity near Burrow #2.
6:42 - just before official start, a bird took a tiny gunnel to a new burrow near #1.
7:50 - Several pairs were flying together staying pretty close to shore, sometimes over the beach and up and down. Pairs did this occasionally throughout the hour with one pair approaching the bluff of #1&3 several times.
8:15 - 1 group of birds continues in front of the burrows but the larger group near the tip has dispersed out, some riding the current north, others out of sight.
8:28 - bird with small sculpin in front of burrows but then ate it.
2017-06-28 @ Ketron SW
Survey start time: 6:35, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena adult PG count today: 26
total volunteer hours: 3.5
6:20 - saw 11 birds by stair tower west of Lyle point, saw 22 birds out by channel buoy at Lyle Point.
There were about 30 birds on west side when we arrived including 6 birds visible to the north.
A single bird near shore and perhaps spotted a few other times seems to have more brown plumage behind wing patch than black.
Water was choppy. Birds were pretty active with short flights by pairs, grouping and regrouping, whistling and singing. Did not see any bird with fish.
6:43 - counted 26 birds in the area
7:00 - saw the falcon circle around near the top of the bluff and head into the trees.
2017-07-05 @ Ketron SW
Survey start time: 7:47, Observers: Nora and Paul Mena adult PG count today: 4
total volunteer hours: 3.5
Wow, where did the birds go??
There were 3 birds on arrival, 2 near site and one to the north. At times we could barely see any birds. there was always at least one to the north, a pair flew south and rode the current back north. None were close to the beach.
8:42 - single bird off beach between the ledge sitting burrow and burrow 2 showed up with a gunnel. We had to leave on time today so don't know what happened.
Did not see the falcon.
On return trip:
8:57 22 birds visible off Lyle point on the beach side of the navigation buoy
6 birds visible off the stair tower
There were some scattered single and pair PGs in the open water between Ketron Lyle point. Off Tolmie Beach but closer to Anderson side we came through a loose group of 33 PGs!! Maybe some of these are from Ketron W?
there were also 2 birds just around the corner from the Zittel site. Otherwise I think weve only seen one or two birds in that area all season.
2017-07-12 @ Ketron SW
Survey start time: 7:50, Observers: Paul and Nora Mena adult PG count today: 24
total volunteer hours: 4
A busy day in paradise! Tide was going out and the overcast was heavier than it was earlier. Several schools of tiny fish came by the boat over the hour. The birds at this site are more likely to walk up on the shore for short bits, sit on the beach or on rocks. There are more larger rocks on this side compared to the east side along with more sizeable drift wood to perch on.
On arrival there were 24 birds widely scattered along the bluff area both near and off shore. NO fish were visible. We anchored the boat off the three active burrows so we did not have such a good view of the birds using new burrows 4-6 when the flew into the burrows. Because of the distance, we may have missed a bird with fish making a delivery. I'm pretty sure we missed one because a bird with a gunnel was no longer visible after there had been one flight each to #5 and #6. I saw a PG with distinctive dark brown feathers just behind the white wing patch on the left side, perhaps the same one I saw earlier at this site.
7:50 - Over half the birds are loosely grouped in front of the area with what became burrows #4-6 towards the tip of the island. There were lots of active pair flying. A group of 5-7 birds tended to stay in the vicinity of #1&3 and usually there were 1-3 in front of #2.
8:06 - bird in the southern area has a gunnel and then delivered to #4
8:11 - another bird in southern area has a gunnel
8:30 - several times, birds have flown right up to the bluff near burrows 1&3 and area of #4-6 but then veer off after a hesitation
8:35 - could no longer spot the bird in the southern area that had the gunnel, it might have been delivered to #5 or #6.
The later part of the hour had lots of pair flying and vocalization.
NOTE: 9:05 there were 22 birds off Lyle point and 5 off the stair tower. We only saw one bird far from land going and returning. that was east of Anderson about half way from Ketron to the marker bouy.
2017-07-17 @ Ketron SW
Survey start time: 7:45, Observers: Paul and Nora Mena
William, Mike Melton adult PG count today: 16
total volunteer hours: 5
12 birds on arrival with one group near burrows 1&3 and another group nearer to burrows 4 through 6.
There were lots of schools of fish in the area.
8:13 - 16 birds are scattered with most towards the tip (nearer #4-6). there is one further north but too far to consider with this site.
8:40 - bird with gunnel is in the group near the tip and then swam by itself towards the beach. The other group is widely scattered and moved north of the site, but not as far as the solitary bird noted earlier.