Waties Island Nest Count

Sunday, September 8, 2013

UPDATE ON BOARD SHOWING NESTS

JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO BETTER READ THE STATUS OF THE NESTS ON WATIES ISLAND.
Yesterday morning we dug up the contents of Nest 6 at the upper end of the island. Laid on June 23, we did not see this nest emerge. We did see ghost crab activity, but in the absence of absolute proof of an emergence, we are required to wait until at least 75 days to conduct the inventory. We found 93 hatched egg shells, 42 unhatched, no dead and no live hatchlings, for a total of 136 eggs laid (one for DNA research taken when the nest was laid).

Three nests remain on the island: #12R at the lower end (53 days old), #13 between Marker 3 and 4 (51 days old), and #14R between Marker 2 and 3 (37 days old). There is still a "possible nest" on the upper end near the rusty box on the beach (57 days old); if it is a nest, we should see activity this week. No need to walk any further up the beach unless you want to.

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