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Bird landed with sculpin 8:29;
Eagle flew over 8:36 (No disturbance - birds way out);
Bird made one round 8:45;
Bird made 3 rounds 8:52;
Bird made 4 rounds 9:00;
Bird made 6 rounds 9:10;
Went so far out I could hardly see it with the binoculars. Each time landed back in water about the same place. I couldn't see anything around the burrows that might have been scaring it. No people but me on the beach. I think this bird is "burrowphobic".
Lot of flying around when I first arrived. Then they were mostly out farther and also partly mixed in with a flock of scoters. One with a sculpin I lost track of in the scoters. When I left, one had a gunnel.
Cloudy day - high tide.
Could I have seen a semipalmated sandpiper?
Long black bill, dark legs, slight eye stripe, no spots, small.
2017-08-03 @ Double Bluff South
Survey start time: 8:00, Observers: Finn Gatewood adult PG count today: 14
total volunteer hours: 3.25
Warm, calm, hazy (from WA/BC fires); low tide, PGs way out;
3 PGs on rock upon arrival, 1 with sculpin. Within 15 minutes, the PG had either eaten the sculpin or lost it.
Eagle was perched on side of bluff short distance before surveyor arrived at observation point.
No disturbances noted, with the following activities:
8:38 - eagle flew over beach,
8:45 - a man walked by (He was later observed standing in the water a distance down the beach hunting for treasures with his metal detector.),
8:55 - 2 joggers jogged by
One bird carried a gunnel about the whole time I was there until I lost track of it, as they were so far out. Never saw any fly arounds of deliveries. The five I could see at the end had no fish.
There was a common loon fishing and a small duck that I believe was a female Harlequin. I guess winter is coming.
Tide way out. Bird with gunnel when I arrived. Made two rounds at 8:10, back to water. Delivered at 8:15 to a new burrow. After that, birds way out and I didn't see any carrying fish. This is an interesting but revolting development. I thought I was about done!