Waties Island Nest Count

Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020 - No Nest, No crawls

Not much happening on the island today.  Started out as another gray day, low hanging clouds - possible chance of rain, but we got lucky again and the sun came out before we left the island.

We had to cover a few ghost crab holes in one of our new nests.  I did find another boat - and a sand dollar.  We did get to see 4 flying Pelicans, love the way they soar up over the dunes and down the beach.

Enjoy the pictures - Paulette & Leslie
Gray Morning over the marsh


The dunes at the jetty - sun is really trying

Looked a little threatening - but not rain today


I Spy - a blue crab "hiding" in the metal hull
 that is one the beach

Treasures today - yellow boat and Sand Dollar

Good Bye - tomorrow is another day

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Oh, Happy Day!!!

Got on the island this morning and said, "I got a feeling."  I should have said, "I've got a BIG feeling!" Two nests!!!
I had just begun my walk down the long end and there the tracks were at MM3!  The tracks were so fresh and because it was low tide they ran so far out into the ocean that I found myself waving goodbye to our new mama! It was a beautiful sight.  Nest #3.






We had probed #4 first (between MM 4 & 5) and hadn't had any luck.  We went and found the nest at #3 and set up that site.  We decided to go back to #4 and probe again especially in grassy area. On practically the first probe we had found it. At this site they were right over the nest.  This nest had been laid earlier in the night.






It was quite a fulfilling morning...and glorious!



Flossie and Bill Chapman


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday, 5/27/20

Very raining morning, but Leslie and I got the job done. Nothing to report, but here are a few pictures.





Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day

Cool morning with a light breeze on Waties this morning.  Great walking conditions.  The tide was low so there was lots of beach to walk.  We did not find a crawl/nest.  Thankful that we have two already! They both were safe and sound. The sign between #1 and #2 has been a little battered by the elements but remains in tact.

Bill took some beautiful pictures.




Flossie and Bill



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday May 24  False Crawl and Nest 2R
Today the walkers found a crawl
right at marker 9. This crawl
looked like the false crawl found Saturday. On further
up the beach, a crawl and body pit were discovered.
This time, she was on the beach for a long time and
laid her eggs. Since this is an area of the beach with no
space for dry sand during the very high tides, we moved
the eggs to a wide beach near Marker 6. 103 eggs were
relocated.
Pictures by Paulette,
Sharon and Leslie
Notice the crawl length. She didn't stay long.
Now, this is better. The outgoing crawl indicates
she was on the beach  for a long time.
.
Nice body pit but the eggs were
well hidden


Sharon is ready to move the nest.
104 eggs found. 103 moved to high ground





Saturday, May 23, 2020

Turtle Action Today

Well, action, but not the exact type of action we like best: This morning we found a crawl at the upper end of the beach close to Marker 9. There isn't really much beach up there when the tide is high and there was a concern that if it was a nest, we might need to move it to a safer location.

But it turned out to be a trial run - a false crawl - but often times, the mother turtle will make another attempt soon, maybe even tonight!


A turnaround - no digging anywhere

The tracks are close in length 


She made it up the side of the dune before turning around

Maybe tonight she'll be back!

Barb and Steve

Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020 - No Brilliant Sunrise, No storms, No Nests

Well, action, but not the exact type of action we like best: This morning we found a crawl at the upper end of the beach close to Marker 9. There isn't really much beach up there when the tide is high and there was a concern that if it was a nest, we might need to move it to a safer location.

But it turned out to be a trial run - a false crawl - but often times, the mother turtle will make another attempt soon, maybe even tonight!


A turnaround - no digging anywhere

The tracks are close in length 


She made it up the side of the dune before turning around

Maybe tonight she'll be back!

Barb and Steve