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Thursday, 05 August 2010 16:07

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for July 29– August 4, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

 

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

0

2

4

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

0

5

5

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

0

4

18

Ocracoke District

6

0

5

1

9

1

6

2

CAHA TOTALS

28

0

21

7

48

1

18

29

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs:  Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District: All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  8 pairs fledged 9 chicks.

 

Hatteras District:  All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  11 pair fledged 18 chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one fledged chick.  
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  Two pairs have fledged one chick.
  • South Point:  A pair hatched one chick on Friday 7/16. The chick has been observed daily along the Ocracoke Inlet shoreline and is 21 days old.  It should fledge sometime after 8/19.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE nests, chicks, and fledglings. Also, on 8/3, BLSK adults and scrapes were observed.

 

Green Island:

Colony GIC01- N, W, and S end of Green Island active with COTE adults; next trip scheduled for 8/5.

 

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC02- 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27 active with LETE fledglings.

 

Hatteras District:  

Colony HIC01 - 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38 to 2.4 mi S of Ramp 38 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 no activity.

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 active with two LETE incubating nests.

Colony OIC02-A- 0.8 mi N of Ramp 59 no activity since 7/27.

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

None this week.

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

7/30- A green sea turtle nest was found 1.2 mi W of Ramp 49.

7/30- A green sea turtle nest was found 1.9 mi N of Ramp 34.

7/29- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found at Ramp 43.

7/29- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi E of Ramp 49.

8/2- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.9 mi S of Ramp 49.

8/2- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.9 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/2- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.8 mi N of Ramp 55.

 

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/29- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.05 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.6 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.61 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.63 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.64 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.65 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.85 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.31 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/1- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.7 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/1- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.8 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/1- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.6 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/1- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.3 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/4- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.0 mi S of Ramp 44.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

7/29 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.34 mi S of Ramp 59

7/29 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .32 mi S of Ramp 67

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

8/2 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.24 mi S of Ramp 68

 

New nests this week: 9

Total nests to date:  1311

New false crawls this week: 142

Total false crawls to date:  1002

Nests hatch this week: 3

Total nests hatch to date: 4

 

1The most nests ever documented on the seashore

2Last week’s false crawls should have been reported as 7 for the week and 86 to date.

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

8/1 – A loggerhead (dead) sea turtle stranded 1.0 mi N of R30; boat strike.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

      None this week.

 

Hatteras District:

            8/2- A neonate bottlenose dolphin (dead) stranded 2 mi S of Ramp 49.

            7/31- A neonate bottlenose dolphin (dead) stranded at Hatteras Inlet.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 


 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

BH10-001-H

            1.1 mi N of Ramp 30

LETE

8/04/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-001-R

Cape Point

LETE

8/2/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

 

None this week

 

 

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

7/29 - One set of dirt bike tracks going North from R30 to R23. The track disappears as it enters the Resource closure at R23.

7/30 – Three sets of pedestrian tracks entered the pre-nesting closure near the CWB colony 0.7 mi S of R4.

7/31 – One person was walking along the water at R23 in the closure for BHC01C. 3 sets of footprints were observed following the water within the closure from R23 north to the closure boundary.

8/4 – One set of footprints were observed entering the beach at R23. One set of footprints were observed traveling along the shoreline in the closure BHC01B.

 

Hatteras District:

7/29- Several pedestrian tracks observed entering and exiting Cape Point pre-nesting closure.

7/29- Pedestrian tracks and dog tracks observed entering sea turtle closure 4.0 mi S Ramp 38. 

7/29- Sometime prior to sea turtle nest NH03 hatching in Buxton village the nest markers were relocated five feet to the north. The relocation of the markers caused the nest to be outside of the filter fencing when it was installed and one stake narrowly missed the nest cavity. About five hatchlings attempted to climb the dune behind the nest, but there were no signs those, or any other hatchlings entered the village. The actual nest site was found and the protective filter fencing was adjusted to protect the nest and hatchlings which emerged later.

7/29- Pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 1.3 mi S of Ramp 34.

7/29- Pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 0.4 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/29- Pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 0.1 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/29- Five pedestrians observed in the CWB closure 0.5 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- Nine sets of pedestrian tracks observed in CWB 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/31- Pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 1.5 mi S of Ramp 34.

7/31- Dog tracks in sea turtle closure 1.5 mi N of Ramp 38.

8/2- Dog tracks observed in sea turtle closure 1.9 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/4- 15 sets of pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 0.1 mi N of Ramp 49.

8/4- Eight sets of pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 0.04 mi N of Ramp 55.

 

 

 

 

Ocracoke District:

8/2 – One set of bare footprints documented inside the sea turtle nest closure 2.37 mi S of Ramp 59.  The footprints were from the ocean shoreline and went half way to the nest inside the filter fencing.

8/3 – Seven pedestrians and one dog on leash walking on ocean shoreline inside bird closure N of Ramp 59.  All pedestrians were asked to leave immediately.

 
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 16:44

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for July 22– July 28, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

 

Monitoring for breeding behavior has ceased. Monitoring for migratory PIPL and other migrant avian species is being conducted weekly.

 

Final PIPL Breeding Summary: 

 

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Total Nests Hatched

Total Nests Lost

Total Eggs Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Lost Chicks

Fledged Chicks

16*

0

11

5

31

0

16

15

* This counts the three egg nest on Ocracoke, found 6/29, as a separate nest, although it is believed that this nest may be a clutch continuation from Nest #15, which was predated by ghost crabs 6/23.

 

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

0

2

4

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

1

5

4

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

0

4

18

Ocracoke District

6

0

5

1

9

1

6

2

CAHA TOTALS

28

0

21

7

48

2

18

28

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs:  Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District:

  • Green Island:  The southern brood has 2 fledged chicks and the northern brood has 2 fledged chicks. On 7/27, one adult from the southern pair was observed with 1 banded fledgling and 1 unbanded fledgling, even though we banded 2 chicks from this pair. So there may be 3 total fledglings for this pair as 1 of 3 may have been with the other adult elsewhere.
  • Bodie Island:  No AMOY breeding behavior was observed this week.   
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has one unfledged chick that hatched on 6/26 and was banded on 7/21.  Two other pairs have fledged a total of four chicks.

 

Hatteras District:  All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  11 pair fledged 18 chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one fledged chick.  
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has fledged one chick.  A second pair lost their chicks on or before 7/1.
  • South Point:  One pair hatched one chick on Friday 7/16. The 13-day-old chick has been observed daily along the Ocracoke Inlet shoreline.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE scrapes, chicks and fledglings. Also, on 7/28, BLSK adults and scrapes were observed.

 

Green Island:

Colony GIC01- N, W, and S end of Green Island active with COTE scrapes, nests and chicks.

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC02- 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

 

Hatteras District:  

Colony HIC01 - 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38 to 2.4 mi S of Ramp 38 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC03 - 0.1 mi E of Salt Pond Road is active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 no activity.

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 active with two LETE incubating nests.

Colony OIC02-A- 0.8 mi N of Ramp 59 no activity as of 7/27.

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

7/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 2.

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

7/23 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 23.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

7/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.7 miles W of Ramp 45

7/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.6 mi E of Ramp 49

7/22 -- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.6 mi W of Ramp 49

7/24 -- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1mi W of Ramp 45

7/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.0 mi NE of Ramp 55

7/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.6 mi NE of Ramp 55

7/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi N of Ramp 55

7/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.8 mi E of Ramp 49

7/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi N of Ramp 38

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.8 mi N of Ramp 38

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.7 mi N of Ramp 34

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi S of Ramp 34

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.0 mi S of Ramp 30

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/22 -- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.6 mi E of Ramp 49

7/23 -- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.3 mi SE of Ramp 49

7/23 -- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.6 mi SE of Ramp 49

7/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.25 mi NE of Ramp 55

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1 mi N of Ramp 43

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

7/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .35 mi S of Ramp 68

7/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.7 mi N of Ramp 68

7/25 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .47 mi N of Ramp 70

7/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .13 mi N of Ramp 72

7/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .56 mi S of Ramp 70

7/27 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .3 mi N of Ramp 70

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

7/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.19 mi S of Ramp 59

7/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.87 mi N of Ramp 67

 

New nests this week: 21

Total nests to date:  122*

New false crawls this week: 6

Total false crawls to date:  87

Nests hatched this week: 1

Total nests hatched to date: 1

 

*The most nests ever documented on the seashore

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

            None this week

Hatteras District:

7/23 – An dead adult loggerhead sea turtle was found 0.4 mi W Ramp 45. The sea turtle was discovered without a head or front flippers. A necropsy revealed shark bites on the sea turtle and no visible signs of human interaction.

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

7/23 – A dead Bottlenose dolphin was found 2.1 mi S of Ramp 2.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

BH10-004-D

            2.6 mi N of Ramp 27

LETE

7/23/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-002-L

South Beach/Ramp 45

PIPL, AMOY, LETE

7/23/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-002-J

0.7 mi SW of Ramp 72

AMOY, WIPL

7/23/2010

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

7/22 – Six pedestrians observed walking on the beach inside the resource closure at Ramp 23.

7/22   - Two sets of pedestrian tracks and 1 set of dog tracks entered the resource closure; Ramp 23.

7/22 - 21 pedestrians observed at or below the high-tide line inside the resource closure at Ramp 27. Pedestrians were contacted by LE.

7/27 - One set of bare footprints were observed along the water 0.2 mi South of Ramp 27.

7/27 - One person was walking along the water inside the closure at Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District:

7/23 – Three sets of footprints documented inside the LETE closure 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/23 – A jogger was observed in the LETE closure 1.7 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/28 – Pedestrian tracks observed in the sea turtle nest closure 1.9 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/28 – Pedestrian and dog tracks were observed in the sea turtle nest closure 2 mi N of Ramp 55. The closure string was broken.

7/28 – Pedestrian and dog tracks were observed in the sea turtle nest closure 2.2 mi W of Ramp 49.

7/28 – One set of pedestrian tracks were observed in the sea turtle nest closure 0.1 mi W of Ramp 49.

7/28 – Five sets of pedestrian tracks were observed in the expanded sea turtle nest closure just E of Ramp 49.

                                                                                            

Ocracoke District:

7/28 – Two individuals landed a boat on the sound-side shoreline of South Point, but left before contact could be made.

 
Thursday, 22 July 2010 16:16

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for July 15– July 21, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

7/15

Fri

7/16

Sat

7/17

Sun

7/18

Mon

7/19

Tues

7/20

Weds

7/21

Oregon Inlet

0

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

Cape Point

4

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

South Beach

3

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

Hatteras Inlet

0

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

Hatteras Overwash

0

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

NS

N. Ocracoke

4

6

3

9

1

2

22

S. Ocracoke

3

9

7

2

11

5

4

NS=Not surveyed.

 

Bodie District:

            Bodie Island:  July 15th was the last day for PIPL pre-nesting observation.  No PIPLs were observed.

 

Hatteras District:

            Cape Point:  July 15th was the last day for PIPL pre-nesting observation.  All PIPL breeding appears to be over.

                       

            South Beach:  July 15th was the last day for PIPL pre-nesting observation.  All PIPL breeding appears to be over.  Migrants are being observed on South Beach.

 

            Hatteras Overwash/Hatteras Inlet:  July 15th was the last day for PIPL pre-nesting observation.  No PIPLs were observed.

 

Ocracoke District:

            North Ocracoke:  All PIPL breeding appears to be over.  Migrants are being observed on beaches with up to 22 PIPLs observed foraging along the inlet and ocean shorelines.  

           

South Point:  All PIPL breeding appears to be over.  Nest 16, a two egg nest, was lost on Sunday 7/18 to ghost crab predation.  Migrants are being observed on beaches with up to 11 PIPLs observed along the inlet and oceanside shorelines, as well as within the mudflats.  

 

 

 

 

 

PIPL Breeding Summary: 

 

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Total Nests Hatched

Total Nests Lost

Total Eggs Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Lost Chicks

Fledged Chicks

16*

0

11

5

31

0

16

15

* This counts the three egg nest on Ocracoke, found 6/29, as a separate nest, although it is believed that this nest may be a clutch continuation from Nest #15, which was predated by ghost crabs 6/23.

 

Nest/Brood Summary/Expected hatch dates:

Nest/Brood 1 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/13.  Four chicks fledged 6/8.

Nest/Brood 2 - Cape Point.  Two chicks hatched on 5/14.  One chick fledged 6/3 and the other chick fledged 6/9.

Nest/Brood 3 & 5 - Cape Point.  Three chicks hatched on 5/21.  One chick was lost on 5/28 and another on 6/6.  The Brood 3 chick fledged on 6/17.  Brood 5 chicks (2) fledged on 6/21.

Nest/Brood 4 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21 and four chicks fledged (three on 6/18) by 6/21.

Nest/Brood 5 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/24.  Two chicks were lost on 5/30.  Two chicks joined Brood 3 on 6/1.

Nest/Brood 6 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21, one was lost on 5/22 and another on 5/28.  Two chicks fledged on 6/16.

Nest 7 - South Point.  Lost on 5/2.

Nest 8 - South Point.  Lost on 5/5.

Nest/Brood 9 - South Point.  Three chicks were lost to unknown predation (probably ghost crab or avian) on 6/7.  The fourth egg from this nest was abandoned by 6/8. 

Nest/Brood 10 - South Point.  Lost to storm overwash and flooding on 5/26.

Nest/Brood 11 - South Point.  Four chicks were lost between 6/13 and 6/16 (1 chick was lost to a ghost crab, the cause of loss for the other three chicks is unknown).

Nest 12 – North Ocracoke.  Three chicks hatched 6/25, one was lost on or around 6/28. The other two were lost on or before 7/1.

Nest 13 – South Point.  Three chicks hatched on 7/1, but only one chick was observed by 7/2.  All chicks were lost by 7/4 to unknown cause.

Nest 14 – South Beach.  Two eggs were lost on 7/11, cause unknown.  One chick hatched on 7/11. The 9-day-old chick was observed on 7/19, but was not observed on 7/20. The adults were observed trying to distract a juvenile greater black-back gull on the morning of 7/20, but the cause of the loss cannot be definitively determined as there were also raccoon tracks in the area.

Nest 15 – South Point.  Lost on or before 6/23.

Nest 16 (or Nest 15a) – South Point.  This nest lost one egg to a ghost crab on or before 7/10.  The remaining two eggs were lost on Sunday 7/18 to ghost crab predation.

 

WIPL Update:

Although the WIPL chicks are not observed daily, on 7/13 two fledged chicks were present and foraging on the sound-side shoreline of South Point. The second WIPL nest hatched on 7/20 with one chick just outside the nest cup and one egg was still in the nest cup.  The brood was not located on 7/21 and one egg still remained in the nest cup.

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

2

2

2

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

1

5

4

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

0

4

18

Ocracoke District

6

0

5

1

9

1

6

2

CAHA TOTALS

28

0

21

7

48

4

18

26

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs:  Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District:

  • Green Island:  The southern brood is believed to still have 2 chicks and the northern brood is believed to have 2 fledged chicks.
  • Bodie Island:  No AMOY breeding behavior was observed this week.   
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has one chick that hatched on 6/26 and was banded on 7/21.  Two other pairs have fledged a total of four chicks.

 

Hatteras District:  All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  11 pair fledged 18 chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one fledged chick.  
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has fledged one chick.  A second pair lost their chicks on or before 7/1.
  • South Point:  One pair continues to be observed in its territory.  The other pair hatched one chick on Friday 7/16. The chick has been observed daily along the Ocracoke Inlet shoreline.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE scrapes, nests, chicks and fledglings.

 

Green Island:

Colony GIC01- N, W, and S end of Green Island active with COTE scrapes, nests and chicks.

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC02- 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC03- 2.7 mi N of Ramp 27 LETE activity has ended.

 

Hatteras District:  

Colony HIC01 - 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38 to 2.4 mi S of Ramp 38 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC03 - 0.1 mi E of Salt Pond Road is active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 active with LETE scrapes.

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 active with LETE, COTE, and BLSK nests and LETE and COTE chicks.

Colony OIC02-A- 0.8 mi N of Ramp 59 active with LETE, COTE, and BLSK nests and chicks.

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

None this week

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None this week

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/20 – A Loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.2 mi N of R23.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

7/15 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.0 mi E of Ramp 49.

7/15 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.7 mi N Ramp 55. 

7/16 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.9 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/18 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi N of Ramp 44.

7/18 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.0 mi E of Ramp 49.

7/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi S of Ramp 44.

7/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi W Ramp 45.

7/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi S of Ramp 44

7/20 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45.

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/15 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.9 mi S R 45.

7/16 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found at Ramp 45.

7/8 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.8 mi S of Ramp 44.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

7/15 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .81 mi N of Ramp 70

7/15 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.63 mi N of Ramp 67

7/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.22 mi N of Ramp 67

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

7/17 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found .5 mi S of Ramp 59

7/18 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.71 mi S of Ramp 59

7/20 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found .38 mi N of Ramp 68

 

New nests this week: 12

Total nests to date:  101

New false crawls this week: 7

Total false crawls to date:  79

 

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

            None this week

Hatteras District:

None this week

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

None this week

           

 

 

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-003-R

Hatteras Overwash Fans

PIPL

7/15/2010

HI10-004-R

Hatteras Inlet

PIPL

7/15/2010

HI10-007-G

2.8 mi S of Ramp 38

LETE

7/20/2010

HI10-001-J

Cape Point

AMOY

7/21/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-004-R

2.6 mi S of Ramp 59

AMOY

7/18/2010

OI10-002-I

0.7 mi SW of Ramp 72

AMOY, WIPL

7/20/2010

OI10-001-J

0.2 mi N of Ramp 59

CWBs

7/20/2010

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

7/18 - Two sets of footprints passed through the closure 0.1- 0.3 mile N of Ramp 23 along the shoreline.

 

Hatteras District:

7/15 – One set of footprints documented inside the sea turtle nest closure 1.3 mi S of Ramp 34. The string was also broken.

7/16 – Two sets of children’s footprints in the closure and over the nest cavity were documented inside the sea turtle nest closure 2.2 mi S of Ramp 49.

7/17 – Dog tracks were observed in sea turtle nest closure 3.62 mi S of Ramp 38

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 
Friday, 16 July 2010 06:28

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for July 08– July 14, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

7/8

Fri

7/9

Sat

7/10

Sun

7/11

Mon

7/12

Tues

7/13

Weds

7/14

Oregon Inlet

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

Cape Point

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

South Beach

3

1

2

8

4

1

1

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

Hatteras Overwash

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke

1

1

2

4

2

7

7

S. Ocracoke

2

2

9

26

1

3

2

 

Bodie District:

            Bodie Island:  Up to two PIPL has been observed foraging.

 

Hatteras District:

            Cape Point:  Up to three PIPL have been observed foraging.

                                                                                                                       

            South Beach:  The three-egg PIPL nest from Pair 12 was observed to have only one egg on 7/11.  No signs of predation were observed at that time.  Later in the day on 7/11, one chick was observed in nest.  A total of 8 PIPL (including fledglings) have been observed on South Beach at one time.

 

            Hatteras Overwash/Hatteras Inlet:  Up to three PIPL have been observed foraging at Hatteras Inlet

 

Other Beaches:  One PIPL observed foraging 1.5 mi North of Buxton Village.

                       

Ocracoke District:

            North Ocracoke:  Up to seven PIPL has been observed foraging and/or roosting on the ocean and inlet shorelines.  No new breeding activity observed this week.

           

South Point:  Up to 26 PIPLs have been observed along the inlet and oceanside shorelines, as well as within the mudflats.  At least three pairs have had documented nests.  No chicks have fledged nor are there any chicks on the ground. One active nest remains.  This three-egg nest found on 6/29 and had been reduced to two eggs by 7/10.  Hatching for this nest should occur on or around 7/19.

 

PIPL Breeding Summary: 

 

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Total Nests Hatched

Total Nests Lost

Total Eggs Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Lost Chicks

Fledged Chicks

16*

Ocracoke-1

11

4

31

1

15

15

* This counts the three egg nest on Ocracoke, found 6/29, as a separate nest, although it is believed that this nest may be a clutch continuation from Nest #15, which was predated by ghost crabs 6/23.

 

Nest/Brood Summary/Expected hatch dates:

Nest/Brood 1 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/13.  Four chicks fledged 6/8.

Nest/Brood 2 - Cape Point.  Two chicks hatched on 5/14.  One chick fledged 6/3 and the other chick fledged 6/9.

Nest/Brood 3 & 5 - Cape Point.  Three chicks hatched on 5/21.  One chick was lost on 5/28 and another on 6/6.  The Brood 3 chick fledged on 6/17.  Brood 5 chicks (2) fledged on 6/21.

Nest/Brood 4 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21 and four chicks fledged (three on 6/18) by 6/21.

Nest/Brood 5 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/24.  Two chicks were lost on 5/30.  Two chicks joined Brood 3 on 6/1.

Nest/Brood 6 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21, one was lost on 5/22 and another on 5/28.  Two chicks fledged on 6/16.

Nest 7 - South Point.  Lost on 5/2.

Nest 8 - South Point.  Lost on 5/5.

Nest/Brood 9 - South Point.  Three chicks were lost to unknown predation (probably ghost crab or avian) on 6/7.  The fourth egg from this nest was abandoned by 6/8. 

Nest/Brood 10 - South Point.  Lost to storm overwash and flooding on 5/26.

Nest/Brood 11 - South Point.  Four chicks were lost between 6/13 and 6/16 (1 chick was lost to a ghost crab, the cause of loss for the other three chicks is unknown).

Nest 12 – North Ocracoke.  Three chicks hatched 6/25, one was lost on or around 6/28. The other two were lost on or before 7/1.

Nest 13 – South Point.  This nest was discovered at a one-egg nest on 6/3 and exclosed as a three-egg nest on 6/7.  This nest is believed to be a re-nest from pair #7, which lost Nest 7 on 5/2 and Nest 10 on 5/26.  Three chicks hatched 7/1, but only one chick was observed by 7/2.  All chicks were lost by 7/4 to unknown cause.

Nest 14 – South Beach.  Two eggs were lost on 7/11, cause unknown.  One chick hatched on 7/11.

Nest 15 – South Point.  A one-egg nest was discovered on 6/20 but was predated (presumably by ghost crab) on or before 6/23.

Nest 16 (or Nest 15a) – South Point.  A three-egg nest was discovered and immediately exclosed on 6/29 on South Point Spit.  It is believed that this nest may be a clutch continuation from Nest #15, which was predated by ghost crabs on 6/23.  This nest lost one egg to a ghost crab on or before 7/10.  Two eggs continue to be incubated.  Hatching should occur on or near 7/19.

 

 

 

WIPL Update:

 

WIPLs have been observed on a regular basis on South Point (Ocracoke) within the pre-nesting closure.  A three egg nest, found as a 1 egg nest on 5/10, hatched on 6/6 with three chicks.  Although the WIPL chicks are not observed daily, on 7/13 two fledged chicks were present and foraging on the sound-side shoreline of South Point. On 6/19 a one-egg WIPL nest was found on South Point.  This nest became a two-egg nest on 6/22, and was exclosed as a three-egg nest on 6/27.  This nest should hatch on or near 7/16.

 

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

5

1

0

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

1

5

4

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

3

4

15

Ocracoke District

6

1

4

1

8

0

6

2

CAHA TOTALS

28

1

20

7

47

9

17

21

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs:  Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District:

  • Green Island:  Two pairs have two broods (locating the chicks is difficult on the island; however, the southern brood is believed to have 2 chicks and the northern brood is believed to still have 3 chicks).
  • Bodie Island:  No AMOY breeding behavior was observed.  The AMOY pair that lost a chick has been observed roosting near its previous nesting area. 
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has one chick that hatched on 6/26.  One pair has three chicks that fledged on 6/21.  One pair has one chick that fledged on 7/3.

 

Hatteras District:  There are no active nests remaining in Hatteras District.  There are three unfledged chicks which are 42 days old.  Fledging is overdue, however, no flight has been observed.

 

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one fledged chick.  Another pair has documented scrapes north of Ramp 59, although no nest has been found.
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has fledged one chick.  A second pair hatched two chicks from a three-egg nest on 6/29, but both chicks were lost on or before 7/1.
  • South Point:  One pair continues to be observed in its territory.  The other pair lost a two egg nest in the high surf and flooding of South Point on 5/26.  A one-egg re-nest was found for this pair on 6/21.  The nest became a two egg nest on 6/23 and should hatch on or near 7/16.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE scrapes, nests, chicks and fledglings.

 

Green Island:

Colony GIC01- N, W, and S end of Green Island active with COTE scrapes, nests and chicks.

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23 active with LETE scrapes, nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC02- 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27 active with LETE scrapes, nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC03- 2.7 mi N of Ramp 27 active with one incubating LETE.

 

Hatteras District:  

Colony HIC01 - 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38 to 2.4 mi S of Ramp 38 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC03 - 0.1 mi E of Salt Pond Road is active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings. The GBTE nest was depredated by a raccoon on 7/8.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 active with LETE scrapes.

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 active with LETE, COTE, and BLSK nests and LETE and COTE chicks.

Colony OIC02-A- 0.8 mi N of Ramp 59 active with LETE, COTE, and BLSK nests and chicks.

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

None this week

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None this week

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

7/9- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi N of Ramp 30.

7/10- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.2 mi S of Ramp 23.

7/11- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.9 mi N of Ramp 23.

7/11- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi S of Ramp 27.

7/14- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi S of Ramp 27.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None this week

 

Hatteras District Nests:

7/8 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.2 mi W of Ramp 49.

7/8 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.6 mi N of Ramp 38. 

7/9 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.0 mi E of Ramp 49.

7/9 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.0 mi W of Ramp 49.

7/10 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/10 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/10 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi N of Ramp 38.

7/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.2 mi S of Ramp 49.

7/12 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 44.

7/12 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.2 mi S of Ramp 30.

7/12 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.3 mi E of Ramp 49.

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/8 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.3 mi S of Ramp 30.

7/8 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.5 mi S of Ramp 30.

7/8 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.9 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/8 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.4 mi S of Ramp 34.

7/9 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.8 mi S of Ramp 44.

7/10 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.2 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/10 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.1 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/13 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.5 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.0 mi S of Ramp 44.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.1 mi E of Ramp 49.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.30 mi E of Ramp 49.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.33 mi E of Ramp 49.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.37 mi E of Ramp 49.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.43 mi E of Ramp 49.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.5 mi E of Ramp 49.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

7/9 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.3 mi S of Ramp 59

7/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.3 mi N of Ramp 67

7/12 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.41 mi N of Ramp 70

7/13 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.3 mi N of Ramp 67

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.51 mi S of Ramp 72, and was relocated to 0.7 mi S of Ramp 70.

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi S of Ramp 70, and was relocated to 0.7 mi S Ramp 70.

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

7/10 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.9 mi N of Ramp 67

7/10 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.3 mi N of Ramp 67

7/10 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.7 mi N of Ramp 67

7/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.8 mi N of Ramp 67

7/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.6 mi N of Ramp 67

7/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.0 mi N of Ramp 67

7/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.8 mi N of Ramp 67

7/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.8 mi S of Ramp 59

7/12 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.6 mi S of Ramp 70

7/12 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 70

7/13 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.6 mi N of Ramp 70

7/13 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.4 mi S of Ramp 68

7/13 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 68

7/13 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.1 mi N of Ramp 67

7/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.3 mi N of Ramp 68

 

New nests this week: 23

Total nests to date:  89

New false crawls this week: 30

Total false crawls to date:  72

 

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

            None this week

Hatteras District:

 A dead male loggerhead sea turtle was found 1.3 mi N of Ramp 34.  A necropsy was performed.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

          BI10-001-J

            1.6 mi S of Ramp 4

AMOY

7/9/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-001-I

Cape Point

AMOY

7/7/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-002-H

0.7 mi SW of Ramp 72

PIPL

7/10/2010

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

7/8-   Three sets of pedestrian tracks entered the pre-nesting closure on Bodie Spit and walked to the Bait Pond area, then returned the same way.

7/9-   An ORV parked outside of the pre-nesting closure on Bodie Spit approximately 0.7 mi S of Ramp 4.  Staff observed three individuals enter the closure and approach the electric fence.  Law enforcement (LE) was contacted.

7/11- Two pedestrians were observed within the closure just S of Ramp 27 and were asked to exit.

7/11- One set of dog tracks entered the closure on Ramp 23, went in ~30 ft., then exited.

7/12- Two sets of bare footprints followed the waterline through the buffer 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District:

7/8 – Staff observed a truck inside the Cape Point pedestrian corridor (currently closed to ORVs) traveling north at a high speed from the point toward Ramp 44.  LE was contacted.

 7/8 – One set of pedestrian tracks and one set of dog tracks were observed in sea turtle nest closure 0.1 mi N of Ramp 38.

7/8 – One set of pedestrian tracks and one set of dog tracks were observed in sea turtle nest closure 1.3 mi S of Ramp 34.

7/11 – One set of pedestrian tracks were observed in sea turtle nest closure 1.6 mi N of Ramp 38.

7/14 – One set of pedestrian tracks were observed in the sea turtle nest closure 0.2 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/14 – One set of pedestrian tracks and broken string were observed in sea turtle nest closure 2.2 mi S of Ramp 49.

 

Ocracoke District:

7/10 – An individual was observed walking with a cast net along the soundside shoreline of the pre-nesting closure on North Ocracoke.  LE was contacted.  

7/10 – One set of bare footprints was documented coming over the dune and into an AMOY closure 2.7 mi S of Ramp 59. 

7/11 – Two pedestrians were observed running along the ocean shoreline in an AMOY closure 1.7 mi N of Ramp 70.  Both were stopped and informed of closure regulations. 

 
Friday, 09 July 2010 05:38

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for July 01– July 07, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

7/1

Fri

7/2

Sat

7/3

Sun

7/4

Mon

7/5

Tues

7/6

Weds

7/7

Oregon Inlet

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

Cape Point

3

3

2

1

1

6

4

South Beach

0

0

0

3

2

6

5

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hatteras Overwash

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke1

2

2

2

0

3

2

1

S. Ocracoke1

3

9

4

5

3

6

3

1       Does not include incubating adults or broods with chicks.

Bodie District:

            Bodie Island:  One PIPL has been observed foraging.

 

Hatteras District:

            Cape Point:  Six PIPLs have been observed at one time.  Two male PIPL continue to be observed in territorial disputes and making scrapes at Cape Point.

                                                                                                                       

            South Beach:  A three-egg PIPL nest from Pair 12 continues to be incubated and should hatch next week. A total of six PIPLs (including fledglings) have been observed at one time.

 

            Hatteras Overwash/Hatteras Inlet:  No PIPL have been observed.

 

Other Beaches:  No PIPL have been observed.

                       

Ocracoke District:

            North Ocracoke:  Up to three PIPL has been observed foraging and/or roosting on the ocean and inlet shorelines.  The PIPL nest on North Ocracoke hatched three chicks from a three-egg nest on 6/25.  The chicks were lost on or before 7/1 to unknown cause(s).

           

South Point:  Up to nine PIPLs have been observed along the inlet and oceanside shorelines, as well as within the mudflats.  At least three pairs have had documented nests.  One pair hatched three chicks from a 4 egg nest on 7/1, but all chicks were lost to an unknown cause by 7/4. A second pair hatched three chicks, but all chicks were lost by 6/7.  A third pair hatched 4 chicks 6/12-6/13 but lost all of them by 6/16. A nest was found on 6/20 with one egg, but was lost to ghost crab predation by 6/23. A three-egg nest was found 6/29 ~260 meters from where the 6/20 nest had been predated. It is believed that this new nest is a clutch continuation of the nest that was predated. There is currently one active PIPL nest on South Point.

 

PIPL Breeding Summary: 

 

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Total Nests Hatched

Total Nests Lost

Total Eggs Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Lost Chicks

Fledged Chicks

16*

2

10

4

30

0

15

15

* This counts the three egg nest on Ocracoke, found 6/29, as a separate nest, although it is believed that this nest may be a clutch continuation from Nest #15, which was predated by ghost crabs 6/23.

 

Nest/Brood Summary/Expected hatch dates:

Nest/Brood 1 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/13.  Four chicks fledged 6/8.

Nest/Brood 2 - Cape Point.  Two chicks hatched on 5/14.  One chick fledged 6/3 and the other chick fledged 6/9.

Nest/Brood 3 & 5 - Cape Point.  Three chicks hatched on 5/21.  One chick was lost on 5/28 and another on 6/6.  The Brood 3 chick fledged on 6/17.  Brood 5 chicks fledged on 6/21.

Nest/Brood 4 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21 and four chicks fledged (three on 6/18) by 6/21.

Nest/Brood 5 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/24. Two chicks were lost on 5/30. Two chicks joined Brood 3 on 6/1.

Nest/Brood 6 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21, one was lost on 5/22 and another on 5/28. Two chicks fledged on 6/16.

Nest 7 - South Point.  Lost on 5/2.

Nest 8 - South Point.  Lost on 5/5.

Nest/Brood 9 - South Point.  Three chicks were lost to unknown predation (probably ghost crab or avian) on 6/7.  The fourth egg from this nest was abandoned by 6/8. 

Nest/Brood 10 - South Point.  Lost to storm overwash and flooding on 5/26.

Nest/Brood 11 - South Point.  Four chicks were lost between 6/13 and 6/16 (1 chick was lost to a ghost crab, the cause of loss for the other three chicks is unknown).

Nest 12 – North Ocracoke.  Three chicks hatched 6/25, one was lost on or around 6/28. The other two were lost on or before 7/1.

Nest 13 – South Point.  This nest was discovered at a one-egg nest on 6/3 and exclosed as a three-egg nest on 6/7.  This nest is believed to be a re-nest from pair #7, which lost Nest 7 on 5/2 and Nest 10 on 5/26.  Three chicks hatched 7/1, but only one chick was observed by 7/2. All chicks were lost by 7/4 to unknown cause.

Nest 14 – South Beach. A two-egg nest was discovered on 6/15 and was exclosed as a three-egg nest on 6/16. It should hatch on or near 7/12.

Nest 15 – South Point. A one-egg nest was discovered on 6/20 but was predated (presumably by ghost crab) on or before 6/23.

Nest 16 (or Nest 15a) – South Point. A three-egg nest was discovered and immediately exclosed on 6/29 on South Point Spit. It is believed that this nest may be a clutch continuation from Nest #15, which was predated by ghost crabs on 6/23.

 

WIPL Update:

 

WIPLs have been observed on a regular basis on South Point (Ocracoke) within the pre-nesting closure.  A three egg nest, found as a 1 egg nest on 5/10, hatched on 6/6 with three chicks. Although the WIPL chicks are not observed daily, on 7/4 two nearly fledged chicks were present and foraging on the sound-side shoreline of South Point. On 6/19 a new one-egg WIPL nest was found on South Point. This nest became a two-egg nest on 6/22, and was exclosed as a three-egg nest on 6/27.

 

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

5

1

0

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

1

5

4

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

3

4

15

Ocracoke District

6

1

4

1

8

1

6

1

CAHA TOTALS

28

1

20

7

47

10

17

20

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs: Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District:

  • Green Island:  Two pairs have two broods (locating the chicks is difficult on the island however the southern brood is believed to have 2 chicks and the northern brood is believed to still have 3 chicks).
  • Bodie Island:  No AMOY breeding behavior was observed. The AMOY pair that lost a chick has been observed roosting near its previous nesting area. 
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has one chick that hatched on 6/26.  One pair has three chicks that fledged on 6/21. One pair has one chick that fledged on 7/3.

 

Hatteras District:  There are no active nests remaining in Hatteras District. There are three unfledged chicks which are 36 days old and should fledge anytime. Two chicks were lost at Hatteras Inlet to unknown predator(s) on 7/2 and 7/3.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one chick. This pair lost one of three hatched chicks on 6/13 to an unknown cause and a second on or before 7/5 to unknown cause. Another pair has documented scrapes north of Ramp 59, although no nest has been found.
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has fledged one chick. A second pair hatched two chicks from a three-egg nest on 6/29, but both chicks were lost on or before 7/1.
  • South Point:  One pair continues to be observed in its territory.  The other pair lost a two egg nest in the high surf and flooding of South Point on 5/26.  A one-egg re-nest was found for this pair on 6/21. The nest became a two egg nest on 6/23.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE scrapes, nests, chicks and fledglings.

 

Green Island:

Colony GIC01- N, W, and S end of Green Island active with COTE scrapes, nests and chicks.

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23 active with LETE scrapes, nests and chicks.

Colony BHC02- 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27 active with LETE scrapes, nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC03- 2.7 mi N of Ramp 27 active with LETE scrapes, nests, and chicks.

 

Hatteras District:  

Colony HIC01 - 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38 to 2.4 mi S of Ramp 38 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC03 - 0.1 mi E of Salt Pond Road is active with LETE nests, chicks, fledglings and one incubating GBTE nest.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 inactive with no nests or scrapes. It is unknown what happened to the few nests that were last observed.

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 active with LETE and COTE nests and chicks.

Colony OIC02-A- 0.8 mi N of Ramp 59 active with LETE, COTE, and BLSK nests and chicks.

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

None this week

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None this week

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

7/2- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.3 mi S of Ramp 23.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/2- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.1 mi N of Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

7/1 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.3 mi S Ramp 34.

7/1 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.9 mi N Ramp 38. 

7/2 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi. west of Ramp 45.

7/2 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.6 mi S Ramp 38.

7/6 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found sound-side at Hatteras Inlet and relocated to just N of Ramp 55.

6/7 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found at Hatteras Inlet and relocated to 1.5 mile S of R55.

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/5 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.4 mi S Ramp 38.

7/7 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.9 mi N Ramp 43.

7/7 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found .8 mile S of Ramp 44.

7/7 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.7 mi S Ramp 44.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

7/1 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 4.2 mi N of Ramp 67

7/1 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.4 mi S of Ramp 59

7/7 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.9 mi N of Ramp 67

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

7/7 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.0 mi N of Ramp 67

 

 

New nests this week: 10

Total nests to date:  66

New false crawls this week: 6

Total false crawls to date:  42

 

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

            None this week

Hatteras District:

None this week

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

          BH10-001-G

            0.9 mi N of Ramp 30

AMOY

7/2/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-001-I

Cape Point

AMOY

7/7/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-002-G

0.2 mi SW of Ramp 72

PIPL

7/1/2010

OI10-001-H

0.6 mi NE of Ramp 59

LETE

7/2/2010

OI10-001-I

0.1 mi SW of Ramp 59

AMOY

7/6/2010

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

7/1-  At 0713, a sea turtle nest (NBH04) 1.7 mi N of Ramp 23 was found to have ATV tracks running through the closure.  The string with flagging was broken at the entry and exit points.  The tracks went directly over the nest.  The nest was immediately checked and no direct damage to the eggs was apparent.  Pictures were taken and law enforcement was contacted.

7/4-   Two signs were removed and one was broken at the bird closure 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 (north of the village boundary).  Two sets of footprints entered the closure approximately 15 ft then exited.  The signs were replaced.

7/5-  Three sets of footprints followed the waterline through the closure 0.1- 0.3 mile N of Ramp 23.

Hatteras District:

7/3 – At 0600, while on turtle patrol, staff came across one broken sign and "Eggs (with an arrow pointing towards the nest) a good dozen" written in the sand.  The sign was replaced and the area raked out at the nest, 1.3mi S Ramp 34.

7/3 – Two pedestrians and a dog entered a bird closure, 1 mi S of Ramp 38, at the north boundary and walked 100 yards into the closure and exited over the dunes to NC12.

7/4 – One set of pedestrian tracks was observed in the sea turtle nest closure at Ramp 49.

7/4 – One set of dog tracks documented in the sea turtle nest closure just N of Ramp 55.

7/4 – One set of dog tracks and cat tracks observed in the sea turtle nest closure 0.2 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/4 – One set of dog tracks and cat tracks observed in the sea turtle nest closure just N of Frisco Pier.

7/4 – Four sets of pedestrian tracks observed in the Cape Point pre-nesting closure south of Ramp 44.

7/5 – One set of dog tracks and cat tracks observed in the sea turtle nest closure just N of Frisco Pier.

7/5 – At 1236 a women was observed sunbathing at Ramp 45. Law enforcement made contact.

7/5 – Pedestrian tracks went through a sea turtle nest closure 1 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/5 – Pedestrian tracks were observed in a sea turtle nest closure 1 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/7 – The string was broken and pedestrian footprints were observed in a sea turtle closure 0.7 mi N Ramp 55.

7/7 – One set of dog tracks observed in the sea turtle closure 0.2 mi N of Ramp 55.

 

 

Ocracoke District:

7/1 - Child observed walking S though the South Point closure. Technician approached the child and escorted him out of the closure. While trying to explain the issue to the child's mother she became confrontational and law enforcement was called. 

7/4 – Boat with 10 people found within the South Point closure. The visitors were attempting to get to the limited access area but had ended up in the closure. They were asked to relocate to the open area.  Law enforcement was contacted.

7/7 – Two pedestrians found walking within the North Ocracoke closure in front of the tern colony.  They had walked down Ramp 59 which is now closed pedestrians and ORVs.  The visitors were asked to make their way back to their car.

 

 
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