The Seabird Oceanography Lab is continuing to monitor our one murre chick this season. On the days that I monitored, I did not spot the chick, but luckily one of my lab mates did on Friday! Hooray! There have been no new eggs or chicks added, but we are going to keep a close watch on this little guy. We also started taking prey photos for the murres. They are pretty difficult to take, since the murres quickly gobble up the fish they catch.
At the lab, I’ve been working on creating a cormorant monitoring protocol. There are so many details to consider when writing a protocol, but it’s been nice having the common murre protocol to guide me.
Yaquina Head has been its usual amount of busy, with a higher demand for lighthouse tours. The signup sheet for the tours is almost always completely full by noon! I always feel really bad for people who don’t make it in time to sign up. However, this week we had a few lucky people at the interpretive center at the right time. Being that certain groups on the list did not show up for their tickets, we were able to give their tickets to people at the interpretive center. It makes me really happy when that works out.
In other news, the peregrine falcon fledglings have officially left the interpretive center parking lot and are starting to hunt on their own! One of my co workers spotted them by Nye beach, which is a bit far from Yaquina Head. It’s so exciting how fast they learn and go off on their own! According to the frequent birders of Yaquina Head, mom and dad are still providing the fledglings with some food, but I’m sure that won’t last for too long.
Here’s to more weeks like this one, with gorgeous weather, beautiful views and wonderful people!