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We saw 2-3 pairs mating on the shoreline! Low tide today. Calm and clear.
2017-06-24 @ Fort Casey North
Survey start time: 8:30, Observers: Kathy Stella, Rob and Deb Williams, Kate and Dave Krause, Diane McClaine, Marie Shaw adult PG count today: 45
total volunteer hours: 18.33
no burrow data entered
disturbance - eagles (8:30 - 9:30)
There were two eagles present throughout observation. At 9:00 on of them flew out over water and returned to a different perch. The other eagle darted to the water, laid on the surface with wings outstretched for a couple seconds, then arose with a fish in talons. PG's may have been a little quiet and inactive? There was a sea lion lounging/floating in the midst of the kelp the whole time. Not sure if this was a disturbance?
Very low tide today so PG's were far away from the bluff. Day was calm, clear and sunny. Did not observe any fish in mouths until after we left. There was a visit to burrow after we left and looked back (to the right of R eye).
2017-07-01 @ Fort Casey North
Survey start time: 8:20, Observers: Kathy Stella, Rob and Deb Williams, Dave Krause, Diane McClaine adult PG count today: 43
total volunteer hours: 13.66
2017-07-08 @ Fort Casey North
Survey start time: 8:20, Observers: Marie Shaw, Kathy Stella, Rob Williams, Kate and Dave Krause adult PG count today: 75
total volunteer hours: 13.33
This was very unusual behavior for this time of year. It was similar to the "apartment hunting" that happens at the beginning of the survey season. It was as if the birds were visiting the new babies at the different burrows. (We did see one juvenile in the water.) We were very careful to count only "visits to burrows", not ledge sitting. There could have been many more visits counted if we counted those that went and sat at the edge of the burrow. Very few fish in mouths.
2017-08-12 @ Fort Casey North
Survey start time: 8:25, Observers: Marie Shaw, Kate and Dave Krause, Diane McClaine adult PG count today: 12
total volunteer hours: 9.75
We counted a high of 12 PG's by 9:00 and as many as 41 by 9:15. It was higher tide today--a little misty at first. We saw no fish in mouths and no visits to burrows. We saw 2 juveniles in the water. Saw a loon, 2 cormorants, many herons. We were closer to the cliff because of higher tide, so unable to see if there were any eagles in the trees above.
2017-08-19 @ Fort Casey North
Survey start time: 8:25, Observers: Marie Shaw, Kate and Dave Krause, Diane McClaine adult PG count today: 2
total volunteer hours: 10.25