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disturbance - Eagles (1) Gulls (2) (0620 - 0720)
Eagles were ever present...if not perched in the tree above burrow #3 then flying nearby or landing on the beach. PG with fish in beak dove under water several times as gulls swooped down. The few birds that were present on the water were far from shore.
disturbance - Eagles (0815?? - 0830??)
Eagle threat started sometime around 0815, possibly before. The eagles perch in tree right above where I observe and sometimes it's awhile before I realize they are there. As I left, I could then see that 2 eagles were perched in the tree and the treat continued after I left. To sum it up - PG's were far out in Penn Cove and separated from one another when eagles were present and closer in and being social when the treat was not there.
I observed from 0630 to 0730 and when no activity took place because eagles were present, I started a 2nd hour (0730 to 0830) which I officially recorded. Once the eagled departed for a portion of the 2nd, I could see how the PG's behavior dramatically changed for a brief time.
A sweet gesture of 11 guillemots who were previously scattered in 1's, 2's and 3's...slowly surrounded the PG with fish in beak as if to lend support and cheer him or her on. They then in mass flew off, leaving the fish holder to contemplate the delivery (which occurred within a few moments. It reminded me that I can be thinking there's no unity here, no structure or bond, but there most definitely is.
Birds were busy diving and apparently just fishing for themselves this morning with no need to be near shore. 1 bird appeared to be lighter, but too far out to confirm a fledgling. Off the record ...observed also for the previous hour(0655-0755)with no additional activity.
10 PG's just enjoying calm, peaceful waters, no known disturbances. Visibility was good even though the majority kept far out in the cove. 2 birds appeared to be juveniles (lighter, much more white) chumming around together. Once again, they remained so far from shore I cannot confirm. They were practicing their cute wing flaps and such, so I know they were Guillemots, but just didn't have the distinct black markings yet!