Waties Island Nest Count

Friday, August 10, 2012

WIND, RAIN, HATCHING!

The wind blew us up the beach, but we fought it on the return trip.

As we walked we watched a rain cell off the coast and as we turned,we saw a rain cell  headed for us.  We got drenched!  Turned out it was a good thing we got to check nest #3 before it rained. 


As we walked up to nest #3 we saw the depression.  We did not notice any tracks. Was this a hatching or just a depression that sometimes shows up prior to a hatching?  We all searched the area for any signs of hatchling tracks or hatchlings. 

On the wet sand we saw lots of crab tracks, but we also saw a few hatchling tracks.  Not a whole lot them, but definately some.


In searching the wrack line, Janice found a dead hatchling about 60 feet south of the nest in the second wrack line.  We are not sure how many hatchlings actually emerged, but we definately had an emergence.


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