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Saturday, 03 July 2010 09:56

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for June 24 – June 30, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

6/24

Fri

6/25

Sat

6/26

Sun

6/27

Mon

6/28

Tues

6/29

Weds

6/30

Oregon Inlet

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

Cape Point

27

2

3

0

2

2

1

South Beach

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hatteras Overwash

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

S. Ocracoke1

0

1

2

0

0

1

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:  27 PIPLs (12 adults and 15 fledglings) were observed foraging on the shoreline of the large Salt Pond.  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. One lone male continues to be observed. A total of four PIPLs 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:  One 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.  As of 6/30 two chicks have survived.  

           

South Point:  Up to 3 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 has a 4 egg nest, which is a re-nest found 6/3. The hatch date for this nest is 7/3. 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. It is unknown whether this nest was laid by a new pair or not. A three-egg nest was found 6/29 near where the 6/20 nest had been predated. It is believed that this new nest is a clutch continuation of the nest was predated. There are currently two active PIPL nests 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*

3

8

4

28

0

13

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.  This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/4, and hatched three chicks 6/5 - 6/6.  All 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.  This nest was discovered as a three-egg nest on 5/16 and exclosed the same day.  The nest was still a three egg nest as of 5/25.  This nest was most likely a re-nest from Pair #7, which lost Nest 7 on South Point.  This nest was lost to storm overwash and flooding on 5/26.

Nest/Brood 11 - South Point.  This nest was a four-egg nest that was discovered on 5/16 and hatched 4 chicks 6/12 – 6/13. All 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.  This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/27 and exclosed on 5/31 as a three-egg nest.  Three chicks hatched 6/25, one was lost on or around 6/28. Two chicks were observed on 6/30.

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.  Hatching should occur on or near 7/3.

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 6/17 all 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

6

0

0

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

4

3

3

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

8

2

12

Ocracoke District

6

1

4

1

8

5

3

0

CAHA TOTALS

28

1

20

7

47

23

9

15

 

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 each 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 three chicks that hatched on 6/26.  One pair has three chicks that fledged on 6/21. One pair has one chick that hatched on 5/26.

 

Hatteras District:  There are no active nests remaining in Hatteras District. Five pairs have fledged 12 chicks; three pairs have eight unfledged chicks. The oldest unfledged chicks are 38 days old, but have not been observed in flight and the youngest are two days old.  

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has two chicks. This pair lost one of three hatched chicks on 6/13 to an unknown cause.
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has one chick. This chick is currently flying short distances, but is not yet considered fledged. A second pair hatched two chicks from a three-egg nest on 6/29.
  • 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 and chicks.

 

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, and chicks.

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 Ramp 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 present.

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 as well as LETE and COTE 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:

6/26- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.5 mi N of Rodanthe Pier.

6/26- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.6 mi S of Ramp 27.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None this week

 

Hatteras District Nests:

6/25 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi S of Ramp 44.

6/25 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.05 mi S of Ramp 30. 

6/25 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.2 mi E of Ramp 45.

6/25 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1 mi N of Ramp 55.

6/25 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.7 mi N of Ramp 55.

6/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi E of Ramp 45.

6/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.2 mi N of Ramp 34.

6/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2 mi N of Ramp 55.

6/29 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi W of Ramp 45.

6/29 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found at Ramp 44.

6/30 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.7 mi S of Ramp 49.

6/30 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found at Ramp 44.

 

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

6/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.2 mi N of Ramp 49.

6/29 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.9 mi S of Ramp 44.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

6/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was created  0.6 mi SW of Ramp 70 for the eggs that were recovered from the dead loggerhead struck by the ORV.

6/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi SW of Ramp 70, but was relocated to 0.6 mi SW of Ramp 70. This nest had been run over by an ORV.   

6/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.9 mi SW of Ramp 59 but was relocated 2.5 mi SW of Ramp 59.

6/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.6 mi NE of Ramp 70.

6/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.9 mi NE of Ramp 67.

6/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 3.1 mi SW of Ramp 59.

6/29 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.5 mi SW of Ramp 59.

6/30 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi SW of Ramp 68.

6/30 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi NE of Ramp 68.

6/30 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi SW of Ramp 67.

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

6/18 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.3 mi SW of Ramp 59.

6/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.2 mi SW of Ramp 70.

6/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 180 ft. NE of Ramp 67.

6/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.2 mi NE of Ramp 67.

6/30 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.1 mi SW of Ramp 68.

6/30 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.2 mi SW of Ramp 59.

 

New nests this week: 22

Total nests to date:  56

New false crawls this week: 8

Total false crawls to date:  36

 

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

            None this week

Hatteras District:

None this week

 

Ocracoke District:

6/24 – A nesting female loggerhead sea turtle was struck by an ORV and killed prior to laying a nest. A necropsy was conducted by NPS staff in conjunction with representatives from N.E.S.T. and other turtle professionals.

 

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

 

 

 

HI10-06-R

Sandy Bay

AMOY

6/28/2010-removed

HI10-07-G

2.3 mi S of Ramp 38

AMOY

6/28/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-001-F

0.1 mi SW of Ramp 59

PIPL

6/25/2010

OI10-001-G

0.6 mi NW of Ramp 59

PIPL

6/27/2010

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

6/25- One pedestrian observed within buffer 0.2 mi N of Ramp 23.

6/27- Six sets of footprints entered the buffer 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23           

6/28- 3 sets of footprints and 1 set of dog prints went through the entire closure at the waterline 0.1- 0.3 mile N of Ramp 23.           

6/28- One set of ORV tracks went down the middle of Ramp 23, straddling a two-egg LETE nest. LE was contacted.

6/30- Several pedestrians were observed within the closure 0.8 mi N of Ramp 30.  Individuals were found with a previously lit bon-fire.  Area was checked for resource damage and none was found.

 

Hatteras District:

6/27 – Pedestrian tracks through a sea turtle nest closure 0.7mi NE of Ramp 55.

6/29 – Pedestrian tracks through a sea turtle nest closure 1 mi N of Ramp 55.

6/29 – One set of pedestrian tracks observed in the Hatteras Inlet pre-nesting closure traveling within 40 m of an AMOY nest.

6/29 – Three sets of pedestrian tracks observed in the Hatteras Inlet pre-nesting closure traveling within 17 m of an AMOY nest.

 

Ocracoke District:

6/24 – Turtle take incidents as reported in last week’s weekly report.

6/24 – Three sets of barefoot footprints were observed along the ocean shoreline within the AMOY closure 1.7 mi N of Ramp 70.

6/28 – Numerous pedestrian footprints (3+) entering and exiting AMOY closure 1.7 mi N of Ramp 70

6/29 - Two joggers ran through closure as a technician approached. Joggers were contacted and asked to run on the road to get back to the campground. Two additional sets of footprints found in closure. While installing additional signs, 2 new joggers approached and entered the closure. These joggers were also asked to leave the closure. LE was informed about the high number of violations to this closure.

 

 
Friday, 25 June 2010 07:39

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for June 17 – June 23, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

6/17

Fri

6/18

Sat

6/19

Sun

6/20

Mon

6/21

Tues

6/22

Weds

6/23

Oregon Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cape Point

11

4

1

0

3

1

0

South Beach

1

1

0

4

3

2

0

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hatteras Overwash

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke1

1

2

1

2

1

1

0

S. Ocracoke1

1

1

2

2

3

1

2

1       Does not include incubating adults.

Bodie District:

            Bodie Island:  No PIPL have been observed.

 

Hatteras District:

            Cape Point:  Up to 11 PIPLs, including fledglings have been observed at one time, mostly foraging on the shoreline of the upper Salt Pond.  Five broods (two combined into one brood) have fledged 15 chicks.  Six chicks have been lost to unknown causes. At least one pair continues to be observed scraping and performing courtship displays.

                                                                                                                       

            South Beach:  A three-egg PIPL nest from Pair 12 continues to be incubated. One lone male continues to be observed as well as an adult and fledgling PIPL. A total of four PIPLs 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 2 PIPLs have been observed foraging and/or roosting on the ocean and inlet shorelines.  There is one active three-egg PIPL nest on North Ocracoke.

           

South Point:  Up to 3 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 has a 4 egg nest, which is a re-nest found 6/3.  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. There are new scrapes documented for this pair, which indicates that they may attempt to re-nest. One new nest was found on 6/20 with one egg, but was lost to ghost crab predation by 6/23. It is unknown whether there will be a clutch-continuation of this nest. 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

15

3

8

4

28

0

13

15

 

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.  This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/4, and hatched three chicks 6/5 - 6/6.  All 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.  This nest was discovered as a three-egg nest on 5/16 and exclosed the same day.  The nest was still a three egg nest as of 5/25.  This nest was most likely a re-nest from Pair #7, which lost Nest 7 on South Point.  This nest was lost to storm overwash and flooding on 5/26.

Nest/Brood 11 - South Point.  This nest was a four-egg nest that was discovered on 5/16 and hatched 4 chicks 6/12 – 6/13. All 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.  This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/27 and exclosed on 5/31 as a three-egg nest.  Hatching should occur on or near 6/26.

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.  Hatching should occur on or near 7/3.

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. It is unknown whether there will be a clutch continuation of this nest.

 

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 6/17 all 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 will be exclosed when it reaches three eggs.

 

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

6

0

0

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

1

3

1

7

4

3

0

Hatteras District

12

1

8

3

20

12

2

6

Ocracoke District

6

2

3

1

6

3

3

0

CAHA TOTALS

28

4

17

7

40

25

9

6

 

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 each brood is believed to still have 3 chicks).
  • Bodie Island:  No AMOY breeding behavior was observed, the AMOY pair that lost a chick is being observed roosting near its previous nesting area. 
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has a three egg nest.  One pair has three chicks that hatched on 5/15 and 5/16. One pair has one chick that hatched on 5/26.

 

Hatteras District:  One breeding pair has a three-egg re-nest which should hatch on or before 6/30, another breeding pair which abandoned a nest on 6/6 is still scraping, but has not re-nested.  A third pair has not been observed in the district.

 

Eight nests have hatched and two chicks have been lost.  There are currently seven broods (four with three chicks and three with two chicks) of AMOY chicks.  Eighteen chicks have been banded and six have fledged. Nine chicks should fledge within the next week.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has two chicks. This pair lost one of three hatched chicks on 6/13 to an unknown cause.
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has one chick.  A second pair is incubating a three-egg re-nest after losing two chicks.
  • 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 and chicks.

 

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, and chicks.

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 Ramp is active with LETE nests, chicks, fledglings and one incubating GBTE nest.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 active with a few LETE scrapes and nests.

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 as well as LETE and COTE chicks.

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

None this week

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

6/19- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.8 mi S of Ramp R4.

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

6/18- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.8 mi N of Ramp 27.

6/20- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.8 mi N of Ramp 23.

6/20- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.7 mi N of Ramp 23.

6/21- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.7 mi S of Ramp 27.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

6/18- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 27.

6/18- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.6 mi S of Ramp 27.

6/19- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.5 mi N of Rodanthe Pier.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

6/18 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 3.6 mi S Ramp 38.

6/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi E Ramp 45. 

6/20 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.8 mi S Ramp 38.

6/21 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi S. Ramp 30.

6/23 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.7 mi N. Ramp 55.

6/23 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 100 m N of Frisco Pier.

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

6/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1 mi E Ramp 45.

6/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1 mi S Ramp 44.

6/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.9 mi E Ramp 45.

6/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.6 mi E Ramp 45.

6/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.7 mi E Ramp 55.

6/21 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.2 mi N. Ramp 34.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

6/18 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.7 mi NE of Ramp 67.

6/19 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.2 mi SW of Ramp 70.  

6/21 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.9 mi SW of Ramp 59.

6/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.9 mi NE of Ramp 67.

6/23 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 658 yards NE of Ramp 70.

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

6/18 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.5 mi NE of Ramp 67.

6/23 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 385 yards NE of Ramp 70.

 

New nests this week: 15

Total nests to date:  32

New false crawls this week: 12

Total false crawls to date:  27

 

 

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

 

 

 

HI10-011-R

0.8 mi S of Ramp 30

AMOY

6/21/2010-removed

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

None this week

 

 

 

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

6/18- Several horse tracks were observed entering the buffer 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4.  The tracks followed along the beach to the point of the spit and back.

6/19- Two pedestrians were found walking with a dog on the beach in the buffer 0.1 mi N of  Ramp 23. They were asked to leave and exited.

6/19- Two sets of footprints, one adult and one child, were found coming over Ramp 23 to the beach and back.

6/20- Eight sets of pedestrian footprints and one set of large dog prints were documented along the shoreline through the closure 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District:

6/22 – 1400- Family of four entered the closure at Ramp 44 and was walking towards Cape Point. They were asked to exit the closure.

6/23 – Woman was jogging in the Cape Point closure and was informed she was in violation. She returned in the direction of Ramp 43.

6/23 – A vehicle entered the pedestrian-only area between Ramps 43 and 44 and parked overnight next to the dunes at Ramp 44. Law enforcement made contact with the two individuals.

 

Ocracoke District:

6/18 – Pedestrian tracks were found within the North Ocracoke pre-nesting closure.

6/19 – Pedestrian tracks and the skid from a boat were found 1.49 mi S of Ramp 72 on the soundside within the South Point pre-nesting closure.

6/20 – Pedestrian tracks and the skid from a boat were found 2.1 mi S of Ramp 72 on the soundside within the South Point pre-nesting closure.

 

Sea Turtle Take Incidents:

 

In the night-time hours between 6/23 and 6/24 a loggerhead sea turtle crawled out of the ocean and attempted to lay a nest between Ramp 70 and 72 on Ocracoke Island. While heading up the beach, the turtle was hit by an ORV and dragged approximately 12 feet. The animal was found dead with extreme injuries to the carapace and plastron by turtle patrol at 6:10 am on 6/24. LE was notified and has investigated the incident. This incident is believed to have occurred during the early morning hours of 6/24 in violation of the night-driving restrictions (from 10 pm to 6 am). Eggs from the turtle were deemed to be potentially viable and were moved to a nest location at the toe of the dune. The turtle will be necropsied by NPS staff on 6/25.

 

 

 

 Pictures dfid not transfer with the report but they are bad! I am sure that NPS web site has pictures included

but I am not as computer savy as I should be at this time to include the pictures and I tried

Frank

 

 

 

At 6:52 am on the same day as the above documented “take” of the nesting loggerhead, a new unmarked turtle nest that was laid just south of Ramp 70 on Ocracoke Island was found to have been driven over by an ORV (or possibly multiple ORVs). Twelve eggs were crushed. The nest was relocated to a new location due to the impacts of the ORV(s). It is unknown when this incident occurred or whether or not the ORV that ran over the nest was in violation of night-driving regulations.

 
Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:48

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for June 10 – June 16, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

6/10

Fri

6/11

Sat

6/12

Sun

6/13

Mon

6/14

Tues

6/15

Weds

6/16

Oregon Inlet

2

1

1

1

2

1

1

Cape Point1

0

5

0

4

4

6

2

South Beach

1

1

2

0

1

1

2

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hatteras Overwash

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke2

2

0

1

1

1

1

0

S. Ocracoke1

2

0

2

2

2

1

4

1          Does not include chicks or brooding adult in totals.

2        Does not include incubating adults.

Bodie District:

            Bodie Island:  Fresh PIPL scrapes continue to be found in the same area where they were previously documented.  Breeding behavior has been documented indirectly through PIPL tracks. 

 

Hatteras District:

            Cape Point:  Up to six PIPLs have been observed at one time.  Five broods have 15 chicks of which eight have fledged.  Six chicks have been lost to unknown causes. One pair has been observed scraping and performing courtship displays. This pair is in the territory of Pair 5, whose brood merged with Brood 3 (from Pair 3).  We are considering this to be a new pair although it is possible that Pair 5 may be attempting to re-nest.

                                                                                                                       

            South Beach:  A two-egg nest from Pair 12 was discovered on 6/15. One lone male continues to be observed.

 

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

 

Other Beaches:  No PIPL have been observed.

                       

Ocracoke District:

            North Ocracoke:  Up to 2 PIPLs have been observed foraging and/or roosting on the ocean and inlet shorelines.  There is one active three-egg PIPL nest on North Ocracoke.

           

South Point:  Up to 6 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 has a 4 egg nest, which is a re-nest found 6/3.  A second pair hatched three chicks on 6/5-6/6, but all chicks were lost by the morning of 6/7 to unknown predation (most likely ghost crab or avian).  A third pair hatched 4 chicks on 6/12-6/13. As of 6/16 all chicks have been lost (one loss is known to be ghost crab predation, while the cause of loss for the other three chicks are unknown).  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

14

3

8

3

28

7

13

8

 

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 one remaining chick from Brood 3 is 27 days old and should fledge sometime after 6/17.  The two adopted chicks from Brood 5 are 24 days old and should fledge sometime around 6/20.

Nest/Brood 4 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21 and are 27 days old and should fledge sometime around 6/17.

Nest/Brood 5 - Cape Point.  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.  This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/4, and hatched three chicks 6/5 - 6/6.  All 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.  This nest was discovered as a three-egg nest on 5/16 and exclosed the same day.  The nest was still a three egg nest as of 5/25.  This nest was most likely a re-nest from Pair #7, which lost Nest 7 on South Point.  This nest was lost to storm overwash and flooding on 5/26.

Nest/Brood 11 - South Point.  This nest was a four-egg nest that was discovered on 5/16 and hatched 4 chicks 6/12 – 6/13. All four chicks were lost between 6/13 and 6/16 (1 chick was lost to ghost crab, the cause of loss for the other three chicks is unknown).

Nest 12 – North Ocracoke.  This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/27 and exclosed on 5/31 as a three-egg nest.  Hatching should occur on or near 6/26.

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.  Hatching should occur on or near 7/3.

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.

 

 

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 6/15 all chicks were present and foraging on the sound-side shoreline of South Point.

 

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

6

0

0

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

1

3

1

7

4

3

0

Hatteras District

12

1

8

3

20

12

2

6

Ocracoke District

5

1

3

1

6

3

3

0

CAHA TOTALS

27

3

17

7

40

25

9

6

 

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

 

Bodie District:

  • Green Island:  Two pair have two broods (each brood has 3 chicks).
  • Bodie Island:  The one-egg AMOY nest hatched on 6/12 and the chick was lost on 6/14. 
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has a three egg nest.  One pair has three chicks that hatched on 5/15 and 5/16. One pair has one chick that hatched on 5/26.

 

Hatteras District:  One breeding pair has a three-egg re-nest, another breeding pair which abandoned a nest (two undeveloped eggs and one lost to unknown predation) on 6/6 is scraping and has been observed copulating.  A third pair, which lost a nest to raccoon predation on 6/6, has been observed to the north and south of their nesting territory on multiple occasions.

 

Eight nests have hatched and two chicks have been lost.  There are currently seven broods (four with three chicks and three with two chicks) of AMOY chicks.  Eleven chicks have been banded and six have fledged.

 

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has two chicks. This pair lost one of three hatched chicks on 6/13 to an unknown cause.
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has one chick.  A second pair is incubating a three-egg re-nest after losing two chicks.
  • 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.  New scrapes have been observed for this pair, although it appears as though they may be spending time on an in-shore island.

 

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

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

 

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, and chicks.

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 and chicks.

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

Colony HIC03 - 0.1 mi E of Salt Pond Ramp active with LETE nests and chicks and one GBTE nest.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 active with a few LETE scrapes and nests.

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 as well as LETE and COTE 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:

6/15- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 3.1 mi N of Ramp 27.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

6/10- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.2 mi N of Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

6/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.04 mi N of Ramp 55.

6/12 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.8 mi S of Ramp 30. 

6/14 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1 mi E of Ramp 49.

6/16 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1 mi W of Ramp 45.

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

6/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.0 mi W of R 45.

6/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.1 mi W of Ramp 45.

6/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.3 mi W of Ramp 45.

6/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.4 mi W of Ramp 45.

6/11 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.9 mi W of Ramp 45.

6/16 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.6 mi E of Ramp 49.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

6/12 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.4 mi SW of Ramp 59.

6/13 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi NE of Ramp 70.  

6/15 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.1 mi NE of Ramp 67.

6/16 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.6 mi NE of Ramp 67.

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

6/15 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.7 mi SE of Ramp 59.

6/15 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.45 mi SE of Ramp 59.

 

New nests this week: 9

Total nests to date: 17

New false crawls this week: 9

Total false crawls to date: 15

 

        Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

  • 6/11- A moderately decomposed green sea turtle was found dead 0.1 mi S of Ramp 1.
  • 6/12- A moderately decomposed green sea turtle was found dead 0.1 mi S of Ramp 4.

 

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

 

 

 

         BH10-003-B

                     Ramp 23

LETE

6/09/2010

         BI10-001-G

0.8 mi S of Ramp 4

LETE

6/11/2010

         BI10-001-H

1.3 mi S of Ramp 4

LETE

6/11/2010

         BI10-001-I

             2.0 mi S of Ramp 4

AMOY

6/12/2010

         BH10-001-F

             0.5 mi N of Ramp 30

AMOY

6/12/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

None this week

 

 

 

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

None this week

 

 

 

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

6/12- Footprints were documented entering the buffer 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23.

6/12- One set of footprints were documented coming over Ramp 23 to the beach.                         

6/12- One set of footprints were found entering the buffer 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23.

       

Hatteras District:

6/14 – Two sets of pedestrian footprints were documented going from the Cape Point Campground, east down Salt Pond Road and south down Salt Pond Ramp to the beach.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 

Deliberate Violations:

None this week

 
Friday, 11 June 2010 08:56

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for May June 3 – June 9, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

6/3

Fri

6/4

Sat

6/5

Sun

6/6

Mon

6/7

Tues

6/8

Weds

6/9

Oregon Inlet

1

0

1

1

1

0

1

Cape Point1

3

1

1

2

1

1

1

South Beach

0

0

1

2

0

1

2

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hatteras Overwash

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke

1

1

2

1

2

1

1

S. Ocracoke

2

2

2

6

3

2

1

1          Does not include chick totals.

 

Bodie District:

            Bodie Island:  One lone PIPL is being observed and scrapes have been found.

 

Hatteras District:

            Cape Point:  Up to three PIPLs have been observed at one time.  Five broods have 15 chicks of which six have fledged.  Six chicks have been lost to unknown causes.

                                                                                                                       

            South Beach:  Two lone PIPLs and scrapes in different territories continue to be observed.

 

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

 

Other Beaches:  No PIPL have been observed.

                       

Ocracoke District:

            North Ocracoke:  Up to 2 PIPLs have been observed foraging and/or roosting on the ocean and inlet shorelines.  There is one active three-egg PIPL nest on North Ocracoke.

           

South Point:  Up to 6 PIPLs have been observed along the inlet and oceanside shorelines, as well as within the mudflats.  At least three pairs have had documented nests.  Two pairs have 4 egg nests, one of which is a re-nest found 6/3.  The other nest is due to hatch on or near 6/11.  A third pair hatched three chicks on June 5-6, but all chicks were lost by the morning of 6/7 to unknown predation (most likely ghost crab or avian).  The fourth egg from this nest has been abandoned.  There are currently two active PIPL nests 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

13

3

7

3

24

9

9

6

 

Nest 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 one remaining chick from Brood 3 is 20 days old and should fledge sometime after 6/17.  The two adopted chicks from Brood 5 are 17 days old and should fledge sometime around 6/20.

Nest 4 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21 and are 20 days old and should fledge sometime around 6/17.

Nest 5 - Cape Point.  Two chicks joined Brood 3 on 6/1.

Nest 6 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21, one was lost on 5/22 and another on 5/28 the remaining two remaining chicks are 20 days old, and should fledge sometime around 6/17.

Nest 7 - South Point.  Lost on 5/2.

Nest 8 - South Point.  Lost on 5/5.

Nest 9 - South Point.  This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/4, and hatched three chicks 6/5 - 6/6.  All 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 10 - South Point.  This nest was discovered as a three-egg nest on 5/16 and exclosed the same day.  The nest was still a three egg nest as of 5/25.  This nest was most likely a re-nest from Pair #7, which lost Nest 7 on South Point.  This nest was lost to storm overwash and flooding on 5/26.

Nest 11 - South Point.  This nest was discovered as a three-egg nest on 5/16 and exclosed the same day.  The nest became a four-egg nest on 5/17.  This nest was most likely a re-nest from Pair #8, which abandoned/lost Nest 8. Hatching should occur on or near 6/11.

Nest 12 – North Ocracoke.  This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/27 and exclosed on 5/31 as a three-egg nest.  Hatching should occur on or near 6/26.

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.  Hatching should occur on or near 7/3.

 

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, continues to be incubated.  This nest was due to hatch on or near 6/6.


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

1

1

1

3

3

0

0

Bodie District

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

4

0

3

1

7

4

3

0

Hatteras District

12

1

8

3

20

18

2

0

Ocracoke District

5

1

3

1

6

4

2

0

CAHA TOTALS

26

4

15

7

36

29

7

0

 

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

 

Bodie District:

  • Green Island:  One breeding pair has a three egg nest.  Another breeding pair has three chicks.
  • Bodie Island:  A one-egg AMOY nest is being incubated. 
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has a three egg nest.  One pair has three chicks that hatched on 5/15 and 5/16. A second pair has lost both of their chicks.  A third pair has lost one of their two chicks. 

 

Hatteras District:  One breeding pair has a three-egg re-nest, another breeding pair which abandoned a nest (two undeveloped eggs and one lost to unknown predation) on 6/6 is scraping and has been observed copulating.  A third pair, which lost a nest to raccoon predation on 6/6, has not been observed.  Eight nests have hatched and two chicks have been lost.  There are currently seven broods (four with three chicks and three with two chicks) of AMOY chicks.  The oldest brood was banded on 6/5 at 25 days old.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has three chicks.
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has one chick.  A second pair is incubating a three-egg re-nest after losing two chicks.
  • 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.  New scrapes have been observed for this pair, although it appears as though they may be spending time on an in-shore island.

 

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

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

 

Green Island:

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

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

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

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

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 and chicks.

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

Colony HIC03 - 0.1 mi E of Salt Pond Ramp active with LETE nests and chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 active with a few LETE scrapes and nests.

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 as well as LETE and COTE 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:

None this week

 

Hatteras District Nests:

6/5 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found just E of Ramp 49.

6/7 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found in Buxton Village at the end of Cottage Ave.1

6/9 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.9 mi S of Ramp 30.

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

6/4 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.3 mi SW of Ramp 55.

6/4 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.4 mi SW of Ramp 55.

6/5 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found in front of Ramp 45.

6/5 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.7 mi SW of Ramp 45.

6/9 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.1 mi NE of Ramp 49.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

6/4 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi SW of Ramp 59.

6/6 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi SW of Ramp 72.  

6/7 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.0 mi NE of Ramp 70.

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

6/5 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found in front of Ramp 67.

 

New nests this week: 6

Total nests to date: 8

New false crawls this week: 6

Total false crawls to date: 6

 

  1. On the morning of 6/7, turtle patrol noticed a loggerhead sea turtle crawl and discovered that a sea turtle, while attempting to nest, became disoriented, encountered a sand fence then deposited her eggs at the edge of the sand fence. After nesting, the sea turtle took a circuitous route through the neighborhood by traveling further away from the ocean, under one of the support beams of the nearby house, back along the side of a house, down a driveway and west on Cottage Ave for approximately ~150 meters before turning around and crawling back the length of the road to a pedestrian walk-over at the end of the road and back into the ocean.  Please remember to turn off unneeded outside lighting that faces the beach front during turtle nesting season!

 

           

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

  • 6/7- A fresh loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 0.1 mi S of Rodanthe Pier.

 

Hatteras District:

  • 6/4 - A severely decomposed female loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 0.7 miles S of Friso Pier

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-F (Deliberate Violation)

0.9 mi S of Ramp 4

LETE

6/7/2010

         BH10-001-E

Less than .1 mi S of R 27

LETE

6/7/2010

         BH10-004-C

            2.7 mi N of Ramp 27

LETE

6/9/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-010-C

1.0 mi S of R 38

LETE

6/7/2010

HI10-007-E

1.0 mi N of Buxton

LETE

6/7/2010

HI10-007-F

1.0 mi N of Buxton

LETE

6/8/2010

HI10-001-G (Deliberate Violation)

Cape Point – R44

PIPL

6/9/2010

HI10-002-K (Deliberate Violation)

South Beach- 1.9 E R49

LETE, AMOY

6/9/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

None this week

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

6/3- The rope that connects two carsonites to the bird signs on the northern buffer, just south of Ramp 27 was missing. 

6/3- Footprints leading from the dunes to the beach were found in the LETE closure 0.1 mi S Ramp 23.

6/3- Two sets of footprints were found near the surf, leading from the northern buffer 0.3 mi N Ramp 23.  Another pedestrian walked into the closure while staff was documenting the footprints and was asked to leave the closure.

6/4- One pedestrian was observed walking through the closure 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23

6/5- One set of footprints entered the north end of the closure 0.1 mi S of Ramp 27. The footprints went ~300 meters into the closure.

6/6- Two pedestrians walked over Ramp 23 to the beach and were asked to exit the closure.

6/6- At low tide a pedestrian walked along the beach into the closure 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 and was asked to exit. 

6/7- Four sets of footprints and one set of dog prints entered the closure 0.3 mile north of Ramp 23 near the water. Two sets of footprints went through the entire closure. Two sets of footprints and the dog prints entered the north end of the closure and went south into the closure about 50 meters.

 

Hatteras District:

6/3- Two sets of footprints were discovered in the Hatteras Inlet pre-nesting closure. 

6/6- Three people from the campground were observed inside the closure at Ramp 45. They exited the closure after being informed of the violation.

6/7 – Five people entered the Cape Point Closure from Ramp 44, observed RM staff monitoring PIPLs and immediately turned around and left. Once out of the closure, one of the individuals made a “gesture” to the staff. Law enforcement made contact.

 

Ocracoke District:

6/ 3 – One pedestrian fishing the northern most point on north Ocracoke Island within pre-nest closure in the inter-tidal zone. Visitor had walked from the ferry beach below the signage to get to the spit. Visitor became agitated and confrontational but did leave the closure.

6/4 – Observed one set of bare footprints within the north Ocracoke pre-nesting closure on the east side (north of Ramp 59)

6/9 – One pedestrian found walking through colonial waterbird colony 2A on North Ocracoke. Visitor was approached and guided out of the colony. Visitor had apparently walked under the signs and string at the ferry beach. No resource damage was observed. Law enforcement made contact.

 

Deliberate Violations:

 

Bodie District:

6/6- Four signs were removed from the north end of the closure 0.8 mile south of Ramp 4.  Two of the signs were broken. One set of bare footprints entered the closure and continued for about 15m. LE was contacted.

 

Hatteras District:

6/9- A vehicle drove from Ramp 49 through the South Beach pre-nesting closure and Cape Point pre-nesting closure to Ramp 43. At Ramp 45, bare footprints were observed where the perpetrators untied a rope that blocked the way. LE was contacted and evidence was observed and collected at the Point where the perpetrators had stopped to urinate. Both the north side of Cape Point at R44 and the west end of the South Beach pre-nesting closure were expanded by 50 meters.

 
Thursday, 03 June 2010 16:34

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for May 27 – June 2, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

Observations

Thurs

5/27

Fri

5/28

Sat

5/29

Sun

5/30

Mon

5/31

Tues

6/1

Weds

6/2

Oregon Inlet

2

0

1

0

1

0

1

Cape Point1

0

1

5

4

1

1

1

South Beach

2

0

0

0

1

1

2

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hatteras Overwash

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke

2

1

1

2

1

2

1

S. Ocracoke

2

2

2

2

3

3

2

1          Does not include chick totals.

 

Bodie District:

            Bodie Island:  PIPLs have been observed this week.  4 scrapes were found on 5/27, and 6 scrapes were found on 6/2.

 

Hatteras District:

            Cape Point:  Up to five PIPLs have been observed at one time.  Six broods have 16 chicks. Five chicks have been lost to unknown causes. A lone male continues to be observed.

                                                                                                                       

            South Beach:  Two lone PIPLs and scrapes in different territories continue to be observed.

 

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

 

Other Beaches:  No PIPL have been observed.

                       

Ocracoke District:

            North Ocracoke:  Up to 2 PIPLs have been observed foraging and/or roosting on the ocean and inlet shorelines. On 5/27 a one egg nest was found on the east side of the spit within Colonial Waterbird Colony 2.  The nest was exclosed on 5/31 as a three-egg nest. This is the first documented PIPL nest on North Ocracoke since 1996.  

           

South Point:  Up to 3 PIPLs have been observed along the inlet and oceanside shorelines, as well as within the mudflats. At least three pairs have had documented nests.  Two pairs have 4 egg nests (one re-nest). A third pair that lost its 3-egg re-nest on 5/26 has new scrapes. Currently there are two active PIPL nests at 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

12

3

6

3

21

16

5

0

 

Nest Summary/Expected hatch dates:

Nest/Brood 1 - Cape Point. Four chicks hatched on 5/13. The four chicks are 20 days old and should fledge sometime after 6/9.

Nest/Brood 2 - Cape Point.  Two chicks hatched on 5/14 and are 19 days old and should fledge sometime after 6/10.

Nest/Brood 3 & 5 - Cape Point.  Three chicks hatched on 5/21. One chick that appeared “weak” was lost on 5/28 and the two remaining chicks are 13 days old and should fledge sometime after 6/17. The adults from Brood 3 have adopted the two chicks from Brood 5 which are 10 days old and should fledge sometime after 6/20.

Nest 4 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21 and are 13 days old and should fledge sometime after 6/17.

Nest 5 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/24, two chicks were lost on 5/30 and the remaining two chicks joined Brood 3 on 6/1.

Nest 6 - Cape Point.  Four chicks hatched on 5/21, one was lost on 5/22 and another on 5/28 the remaining three remaining chicks are 13 days old, and should fledge sometime after 6/17.

Nest 7 - South Point.  Lost on 5/2.

Nest 8 - South Point.  Lost on 5/5.

Nest 9 - South Point. This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/4, exclosed as a three-egg nest on 5/8, and was a four egg nest on 5/12. Hatching should occur on or near 6/3.

Nest 10 - South Point. This nest was discovered as a three-egg nest on 5/16 and exclosed the same day. The nest was still a three egg nest as of 5/25. This nest was most likely a re-nest from Pair #7, which lost Nest 7 on South Point. This nest was lost to storm overwash and flooding on 5/26.

Nest 11 - South Point. This nest was discovered as a three-egg nest on 5/16 and exclosed the same day. The nest became a four-egg nest on 5/17. This nest was most likely a re-nest from Pair #8, which abandoned/lost Nest 8. Hatching should occur on or near 6/11.

Nest 12 – North Ocracoke. This nest was discovered as a one-egg nest on 5/27 and exclosed on 5/31 as a three-egg nest. Hatching should occur on or near 6/26.

 

WIPL Update:

 

WIPLs have been observed on a regular basis on South Point Ocracoke within the pre-nesting closure. One nest, found as a 1 egg nest on 5/10, has been confirmed as a WIPL nest. The nest is currently a 3 egg nest.


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

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

Bodie District

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

4

0

3

1

7

7

0

0

Hatteras District

12

4

71

1

17

15

2

0

Ocracoke District

5

1

3

1

6

4

2

0

CAHA TOTALS

26

8

13

5

30

26

4

0

 

1One nest with one chick and two eggs was lost and the adults have re-nested.

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs: Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year.  One “potential” pair still appears to be holding a territory and another “potential” pair may be nesting soundside or on an offshore island.  

 

Bodie District:

  • Green Island:  Two breeding pairs have nests (both three-eggs).
  • Bodie Island:  A one-egg AMOY nest is being incubated.  This nest is a clutch continuation and the first two eggs laid in different locations have been lost.
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has a three egg nest.  One pair has three chicks that hatched on 5/15 and 5/16. A second pair has two chicks that hatched on 5/22.  A third pair has two chicks that hatched on 5/26 and 5/27. 

 

Hatteras District:  Four breeding pairs have three three-egg nests and one two-egg nest. Two of the three-egg nests are in the process of hatching (pipped eggs). Seven nests have hatched and two chicks have been lost. One nest was abandoned and subsequently depredated. There are currently six broods (three with three chicks and three with two chicks) of AMOY chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke: One pair is brooding three chicks that hatched 5/28-5/29.
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72): The northern most pair hatched one chick on 5/25. The second and third eggs were lost.  A second AMOY pair has documented breeding behavior, but no nest. Another pair lost two chicks on or just before 5/21. A new one-egg re-nest was found for this pair on 5/30. The nest is now a three-egg nest.
  • South Point: Two pairs of AMOYs continue to occupy the area south of Ramp 72. 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. This pair has new scrapes documented this week.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

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

 

Green Island:

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

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

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

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

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

 

Hatteras District:  

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

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE nests and scrapes.

Colony HIC03 - 0.1 mi E of Salt Pond Ramp active with LETE nests.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 active with LETE, COTE, and BLSK nests and scrapes as of 5/25. Lost most nests during flooding on 5/26. Birds are now returning and re-nesting.  

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

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

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District:

None this week

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

None this week

 

Hatteras District:

6/1 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi SW of Ramp 45.

Ocracoke District:

6/2 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 3.7 mi NE of Ramp 67.

 

New nests this week: 2

Total nests to date: 2

New false crawls this week: 0

Total false crawls to date: 0

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

  • 5/27- A severely decomposed loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 1.7 mi S of Ramp 27.
  • 5/27- A moderately decomposed loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 3.2 mi N of Ramp 23.
  • 5/28- A severely decomposed loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 1.0 mi N of Ramp 30.

 

Hatteras District:

  • 5/29 - A moderately decomposed male loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 1.2 mi N of Ramp 34
  • 5/29 - A fresh dead male green sea turtle was found dead 1.5 mi E of Ramp 49
  • 5/30 - A moderately decomposed loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 1.3 mi N of Ramp 55

 

Ocracoke District:

  • 5/28 – A severely decomposed loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 0.7 mi N of Ramp 59.
  • 5/30 – A severely decomposed loggerhead sea turtle was found dead 1.5 mi N of Ramp 67.

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

  • 5/25- A stranded live male pygmy sperm whale was found and sedated 0.2 mi S of Ramp 1.  The whale was necropsied on 5/26.
  •  5/28- NPS staff assisted with the response and sedation of a stranded live adult female pygmy sperm whale at mile post 3 in Kitty Hawk.  The whale was necropsied by NPS and NCWRC.

 

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-E

0.9 mi S of Ramp 4

LETE

5/27/2010

         BH10-002-C

0.6 mi N of Ramp 30

AMOY

5/29/2010

         BH10-001-D

0.6 mi N of Ramp 30

AMOY

5/31/2010

         BH10-004-B

            2.7 mi N of Ramp 27

AMOY

5/31/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-010-B

0.8 mi S of Ramp 38

LETE

5/27/2010

HI10-006-B

Sandy Bay

AMOY

5/29/2010

HI10-001-F

Ramp 45

PIPL

5/31/2010

HI10-002-I

South Beach

LETE

6/2/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-006-R

0.4 mi N. of Ramp 67

AMOY

5/28/2010-removed

OI10-007-R

0.3 mi S of Ramp 68

AMOY

5/28/2010-removed

OI10-003-D

1.6 mi N of Ramp 70

AMOY

5/31/2010

OI10-002-F

1.9 mi S of Ramp 72

AMOY

5/31/2010

 

 

 

 

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

5/30- Signs had not been replaced from an ocean rescue at Ramp 23 on 5/28, seven pedestrian tracks with one set of dog tracks were documented entering the closure from Ramp 23. 

5/31- Two sets of footprints were documented within the closure 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27.

5/23- One set of footprints were documented within the closure 0.1 mi N of Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District:

5/30- Four sets of footprints were documented near Ramp 45 traveling all the way to the Point, and returning. 

5/31- Two sets of footprints were documented traveling from Ramp 43 to the Point, and back. Two other individuals were also observed in the closure and they were contacted and informed they were in violation and left.

6/2 - Based on tracks in the sand, at least eight pedestrians entered the west end of the South Beach pre-nesting closure over the holiday weekend.

 

Ocracoke District:

5/30 - Documented 2 sets of bare footprints during turtle patrol. Footprints suggested that someone landed a small boat on the inlet shoreline inside the pre-nesting closure.

5/30 – Documented three sets of bare footprints parallel to dune line on North Ocracoke Spit.

 

Deliberate Violations:

 

Hatteras District:

5/30 - At Ramp 45 resource staff documented 34 broken/pulled signs. Some signs were burned along with a barricade that had been placed at the intersection of Salt Pond Road and Ramp 45 in two fire pits. Ramp 45 was closed to all entry because of the deliberate violation.

 
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