Waties Island Nest Count

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nest #1 & #8

As we walked on the beach we checked on nest # 8 and was surprised to see two large crab holes near the center.  Even the stick noting where the nest is, is gone.                                                    

 Nest #1, which is due anytime, is quiet.  There are no crab holes, no ants, and no predator tracks and it is as flat as can be.  No sign of activity in the nest.
When we woke this morning, it was raining, but there was no thunder or lightning.  TheWeather Doppler showed the rain was moving out. So we brought our rain gear, but did not have to use it.  It turned out that it was good the sun was not out, as it was very humid on the beach this morning.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

And One More!

Who laid that egg - Big Bird?

Nest #8 this morning - could it be the same turtle that nested on July 19?  This is 11 days later and it is possible it was her.  The crawl was just below Marker 6 on the high tide line.  That canine was there too, just starting to dig into the nest.

Nice and neat - in and out

What is that critter??

She should have gone just a little further up the beach

Chelsey had help moving the eggs from visiting granddaughters, Mia and Hannah.  

That's a deep hole!

105 eggs to go

Sometimes it hard to see the "V" which points to the way the turtle came from, but with this crawl it was easy to see.

Alternating tracks indicating a loggerhead

The new location is just above the entrance; easy to check on in mid to late September when it emerges.

Nest #8

Mia and Hannah

Steve, Chelsey, Barb, Paulette, Diane and Merrill in the foreground

Thursday, July 19, 2012

One More Nest!

Another one for the books this morning - Nest #7 was found up on the upper end between Marker 8 and 9.  Wonder why it is that the turtles seem to like that end of the island?

She crawled straight in and straight out - right on top of her incoming tracks.

That wiley coyote (or whatever it is) is starting to figure out that there might be food down there.  Good thing the walkers got there before any damage was done.

There it is!

Putting the cage in place
Lu getting the eggshell for the DNA study

Lu and her husband, Jim, Suzie and Elaine - Nest #7!
Thanks everyone

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sea Gull Rescue/Visitors/Morning Sky

Shirley with family and friends Addy, Monica, Misty, Jill and Bill.     

Morning sky on Waties

Lots going on with the clouds this morning.

Keela and Jingle rescued another Sea Gull. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Waties This Morning.

Lots of ATV tracks up and down the beach!

There were coyote tracks at nest #3.

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Skeleton found by Joan.  Anyone know what it is?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Busy Day On Thursday, 7/12/12

 Of the two crawls found, the first up by the jetty, was a false crawl.
 Still have to take measurements and do the paper work though.
 Those pesky tracks, fresh, on her crawl!
 Second crawl, lower end, between marker 1 and 2, was more productive!
 Steve, probing the wrack.
 Found it!
 Digging up to relocate, above high water line.
 Placing the eggs back. In a safer place.
 In the name of science.
 One shell is sent out for DNA testing.
 Great job, Carrie, Jim, Flossie, Mario, Bill, and of course, Barb and Steve.
What are you looking at?