Waties Island Nest Count

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nest #6 Emerged - 9/4/14

A great walk this morning on Waties Island with Karen Fuss, Regena, Elaine, Barb and Regena's grandsons! We also discovered Nest #6 emerged overnight. Storms around, but we didn't even get wet.

It has been a long spell of watching Nest 5 and 6 for some sign of activity or an emergence and this morning we were rewarded with what appears to be a classic emergence of Nest 6. This is Day 61 for this nest; a little longer than average but still in the expected range. Sometimes before a nest emerges a depression is noticed over the location of the nest indicating activity below the surface and that was not observed with this one. With Nest 5, an emergence was never observed (we may have missed it with the storms). According to SCDNR regulations, unless we observe an emergence, we must wait 75 days to do an inventory and Sunday marks that milestone.

Two Inventories Scheduled for Sunday, September 7.
All are invited to join us for inventories of Nests 5 and 6 on Sunday morning. These nests are bout 1.5 miles up the beach and because of the timing of the tide, we will be walking up the beach. Meet at the shed at 6:30 a.m. and we'll head out to the island. If there are thunderstorms, the inventories will be rescheduled for Monday morning.

Barb and Steve







Checking out the horseshoe crab.

You can see the storms brewing in North Myrtle Beach.

Our work for the day is done.

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