Subject: [Tweeters] Washed-up waifs in Grays Harbor County Date: Jul 28 21:10:00 2009 From: Carl Haynie - hayniec at comcast.net
This past Sunday, Terry Risdon, Matt Haynie, and I conducted our monthly C.O.A.S.S.T. survey under foggy conditions at Griffiths-Priday State Park. For those who are wondering, COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) is a citizen science program established to identify the carcasses of marine birds found along beaches from Alaska to California. It's been a great excuse to get off our sofa and enjoy the outer coast :-)
This was our fourth outing since joining the program, and it was by far the most fruitful with a record-high seven 'poor souls' discovered (some of our photos are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/haynie_risdon/sets/72157621754585651/).
This month's list:
White-winged Scoter (1) - ad. male at surf line in apparent wing molt.
Northern Fulmar (3) - two intermediate(?) morph birds in poor condition plus one freshly dead light morph we fished out 5 feet from shore
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (1)
Glaucous-winged Gull (1, 1st-cycle)
Marbled Murrelet (1) - badly mangled bird with just one leg and foot to go on (tarsus measured 15 mm; 3-webbed foot)
In May, this same beach produced a beached Black-footed Albatross (being fed on by an ad. Bald Eagle). I wonder what next month will bring?