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The PIGUs began far from shore (beyond the buoys) but many moved in at various times as the survey progressed. Vocalizations, synchronized flying, circling, and "playing" were noted throughout the survey. A no prey visit was noted to a burrow in the roots near the top of the bluff, and another probable no prey visit was noted to a different burrow on the upper bluff (behind a bush); there was also a no prey visit to a Walnut B burrow. Other wildlife noted included plover(s), robins, seals, a porpoise, a deer, hummingbirds, cormorants, geese, a chickadee, schooling fish, and a kingfisher.
2018-07-21 @ Walnut Rd A - extended
Survey start time: 6:00, Observers: Alison Flury highest PG count today (before 9:00): 9
PG count @start of survey: 10
PG count @middle of survey: 9
PG count @end of survey: 2
Starting Tide : +3.2
feet, direction: O
Total volunteer hours: 6
disturbance - 6:00 other
I'm including myself as a disturbance because I may have been sitting in their flight path and when I picked up my chair to move (@6:41) 2 PG made visits to burrow 1.
disturbance - 6:34 eagle
birds scattered further out
disturbance - 8:59 other
2 Deer came onto the beach and proceeded to the edge of the water where they both urinated oddly enough. The PG moved further out before moving back in. I spotted the deer again later when they took a dip in the water.
disturbance - 9:12 boat.m
2 PG fly out, the rest scatter north around the corner from B.
Feeding was taking place directly out from both A and B sites. The birds were staggered in groups from small to large starting at the shoreline. Nearest the shoreline there were 3 PG typically sitting with gunnel. The majority of these birds were congregated in the middle, with a count of 17. Beyond this group were another 6 PG.
Although Walnut A had no activity, Walnut B and C had a ton. Between the 3 burrows that were active today, there were 27 fish deliveries during the survey period (plus 3 more before the survey started), as well as a few no prey visits to the burrow at Walnut C. I also observed a lot of synchronized flying and playing, as well as some other wildlife (seals, porpoises, tern, kingfishers, cormorants, other birds).