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There are 4 burrows at the Hope Island NE site. Burrow A is the most southernly, and is partially hidden by cedar branches. Burrow B is just north of A. Burrow C is highest on the bluff and north of B. Burrow D is the most northerly and is low on the bank (approx. 5 ft high). Kingfishers may be using Burrow A. Kingfisher brought a small fish to the tree outside Burrow A. A Bank Swallow entered Burrow C at 7:47 AM and left the burrow at 8:20 AM. No PIGU's seen at or near the burrows, only on open water. The closest PIGU approx. 200 yards offshore.
The B Burrow has very distinctive parallel troughs in the floor about 1/4 inch deep, similar to the D Burrow. Three kingfishers were near the site upon arrival at 7:15 but flew north when I showed up. One PIGU near boat buoys on East side of Hope Island at start of survey. Two PIGUs were way off shore, visible only with binoculars. A bank swallow perched on the same branch as last week, outside of Burrow C at 8:00. No activity noted in any burrows. No PIGUs were seen anywhere near the burrows.
Two PIGU's at south end of Hope Island as I crossed the channel towards the site, and one flying east. Three Kingfishers were on branches outside the burrows as I approached. They flew north but kept coming back and forth. Did not see them enter a burrow. At 7:35 I noticed a PIGU about 100 yards offshore from the burrows, this is the closest i've seen a PIGU to the site. At 7:57 a bank swallow emerged out of Burrow C. I did not see it come back. After 3 surveys, I have not seen any indication of PIGU use of the burrows at Hope Island NE but they are still in the area.
One kingfisher near sites on branch upon approach. It flew off and didn't return. Three PIGU's on open water between Hope Island NE site and Squaxin Island shellfish beds noted on approach at 7:20 AM.
A bank swallow entered Burrow C at 7:35 and left five seconds later. A second bank swallow left Burrow C at 7:37. At 8:05 a bank swallow was seen leaving Burrow C.
Bald Eagle perched on branch mid way between Hope Island NE and Hope Island North sites. No PIGU's noted near shore or at burrow sites.
Two PIGU's noted between Hope Island and Carlyon Beach during paddle over to Hope Island NE site. At 7:40, two bank swallows entered Burrow C, leaving seconds later. The two bank swallows were seen entering and leaving Burrow C numerous times throughout the hour survey. On approach to the site, a single kingfisher was seen perched on a tree near the site but it flew off and didn't return. No PIGU's were seen anywhere near the site today. After the survey, I inspected burrows A, B and D and could see no sign of activity such as bird droppings, shells, etc. It APPEARS that only Burrow C is being used by bank swallows. After leaving Hope Island NE, I paddled to Hope Island north site and sat observing for 10 minutes. It was very quiet there after a lot of kingfisher presence and noise in the recent weeks. No sign of PIGU's near Hope Island North.
No PIGUs seen near site or on open water. Two kingfishers perched near site and flew around area. It is quite possible they are using one of the burrows, but I never witnessed them entering or leaving a burrow. Bank swallows continue to go in and out of b.C on a fairly regular basis. Bald eagle was in the area between Hope Island North and here.
One PIGU spotted during paddle over to Hope Island between the south end of Hope and Carlyon Beach. One PIGU also observed after the survey while paddling back to Carlyon, off the north end of Steamboat Island. No other PIGU's observed today. Two kingfishers were near the burrow site but not observed using the burrows. No bank swallows were seen today using Burrow C. I paddled to the Hope Island North site after my survey and observed 5 kingfishers near the site and bank swallows seemed to be using one of the burrows that is hidden behind branches. As there have been no observations of any PIGU's using the Hope Island burrows, this will be the last "official" survey for this summer. I will continue to report PIGU activity if I do see something worth reporting. Thanks for the opportunity, it's been fun even without PIGU burrow use.