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First day of summer survey. Activity prior to today has included PIGUs at Sites A and D only. Two new volunteers began today, one at Site A North also observing Site A south. 2nd new volunteer at Site D. I sat between Sites B and C and saw no PIGUs at either site and am entering this same report for Site C.
Tide receding. Calm water. Spotted kingfishers, gulls, no PIGUs at these 2 sites.
Tide was coming in. (High tide 9:43AM) Water very calm. Light rain, overcast. I observed for both Sites B and C. There were no PIGUs in Sites B or C today. 3 active harbor seals patrolling Sites B and C. Lots of small silver fish jumping in and out of water. Two deer were on beach, heading south, at beginning of survey, not seen again during survey. PIGUs noted in Site A area and in Site D/ Legacy area, but none in Sites B and C.
Very calm, tide slowly coming in. I observed 1 PIGU in the north (A sites) area and 1 PIGU in the south (D/Legacy site) area but none initially in the B and C sites. Very noisy kingfishers scolding everyone constantly. 3 large seals patrolling the shore at about 75' out.
7:32 One PIGU floated from D site to C site.
7:36 a 2nd PIGU flew in, and the 2 PIGUs remained about 100' offshore.
7:44 a 3rd PIGU floated into the B/C area at about 75' from shore.
7:47 The 3 PIGUs float together, loudly whistling to each other.
7:50 A bald eagle flew from the cliff behind me over to the "sitting ducks" and with its talons stretching open, attacked the PIGUs. I was so surprised I could only focus on the eagle who fortunately came away empty-handed/footed. The PIGUs may have dove deep, as they remained only a bit further away from their last location when I did observe them, huddled closely together. Close call! very dramatic moment, with a good outcome for the PIGUs.
We observed a total of 6 PIGUs in the colony from the stair tower, as we were leaving.
These notes are the same for Site C.
(please refer to notes for Totten@Elizan C. I observed both sites B and C today by sitting in C with view of B. While a couple PIGUs may have drifted through the water in the B area, most of the time they were floating in the C area. No cliff visits or burrow visits were made to Sites B or C. Deliveries were observed to D and A, as indicated in notes for Elizan C.