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In between visiting the burrows, there was a lot of synchronized flying across the water in front of the bluff. During the first half hour, there was almost constant calling among the guillemots. They made several passes by the active burrows without entering.
Two eagles were above the bluff when we got there, probably attending a nest because they both landed in the same tree and were no longer visible. They called occasionally and at some point they left silently. There was no noticeable effect on the guillemots.
At 8:22 one guillemot was noticed holding a sculpin in its bill. It never let go of the fish, but did dip the fish in the water. It was definitely still holding the sculpin at 8:49. At 8:54 two guillemots flew into burrow 5, and this one may have been one of the two, but it was not clear. After the burrow visit, we could not see one on the water holding a sculpin, so we think that this may have been a fish delivery.
As we walked past, going to and leaving the site, one guillemot exited a burrow at Little Bluff, the burrow with mesh half-covering it. Three guillemots were on the shore when we approached, and two were close by in the water.
disturbance - Gull flew past calling loudly (8:35 - 8:40)
(flee bluff or beach)
6 guillemots left the bluff and the ones on the water moved farther out from the shore. At 8:40 noted that the gull is still flying close and no guillemots have returned to the bluff.
Some are ledge-sitting near the madrona, some on the ledge in the middle of the bluff. They circle around making brief ledge-perching/flybys.
8:11 3 ledge-sitting
8:12 -2 +2 +1
8:17 Now there's 9 ledge-sitting, missed the additions.
-2 +1 -2 +1
-3 +3 -2 -1
+1 -5 +2 -2
8:24 +1 holding a fish of unknown kind, sitting in front of a hole, could be a fish delivery (Later decided this is burrow 10, after witnessing clear fish delivery to same hole).
+1 -2 -1 (Unsure how the counts don't add up)
8:30 4 ledge-sitting now, missed additions
+2 -1 -1 +1
8:35 6 were ledge-sitting, now left together
disturbance - Large animal splash (7:50 - 7:54)
We didn't catch sight of the animal well enough to positively identify it, but there had been a seal nearby at the beginning of the survey, so we suspect that it was the seal. It made a loud splash possibly by breaching 3 times. The guillemots became restless, flying to different spots on the water.
Pairs of guillemots kept approaching the bluff and swerving away.
Missed additions, 4 ledge-sitting near burrow 10, 2 above burrow 5
One guillemot flew in and landed on top of one already ledge-sitting.
3 ledge-sat near burrow 1. 2 visible at the edge of #3's entrance at the start of the survey, one went deeper at 8:06 so we counted it as a visit. Burrow 10 had a guillemot rump visible blocking the entrance. 2 ledge-sat under #5 on root. 1 ledge-sat next to #6.
A juvenile peeked out and chirped for a few minutes near the beginning of the survey time. Later, two guillemots came out of the burrow and one disappeared down a heretofore unnoticed burrow entrance next to #10. The juvenile came out of #10 and an adult that was perched on the ledge in front of it went in. At 8:42, two guillemots left #10.
2017-08-13 @ Brisco Pt
Survey start time: 08:00, Observers: Brieanna Brownawell, Tobie Sieler, Ben Lamirand, and Zack Lamirand adult PG count today: 7
total volunteer hours: 7.5