Waties Island Nest Count

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Ghost Crab Trap, Prints and Diamondback Terrapin

Nest #6 lost another egg today for a total of six eggs.  We are trying a new type of Ghost Crab Trap.  A PVC pipe about 12 inches long and closed on the bottom end;  installed away from the nest site and dug in so that it is even with the sand.  It is hoped that the crab will fall in and not be able to get out.  This has been used in Garden City.  Hopefully this will work.

 Eggs were visible from the surface and the Ghost Crab was still there this morning.

These prints have been visible along the whole beach.  At times three sets can be seen together.  The prints of a dog and coyote are very similar so we have not been able to positively identify these although a coyote has been spotted.

This shell was spotted on the beach yesterday and was identified as a Diamondback Terrapin.  Terrapin is a species of turtle native to the brackish coastal tidal marshes of the eastern and southern United States and in Bermuda.

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