Looks like we had a Kemp’s Ridley try to nest this afternoon on Caswell Beach at the Tom Hess Access (Ocean Green’s). Tom and Barbara saw her as she was covering up her digging area. Teresa got there to see her go back to the water. Then 6 of us tried and tried and dug and dug for 3 hours to find the eggs. We came up empty! Don’t know if she was practicing or got spooked, or if the eggs are hidden too well. We would have relocated them if we could have found them as they were below one of the high tide lines. We marked the area as a Nesting Site and will keep an eye on it over time.
| Triple Crown|
We have 3 more nests today, all in safe locations! Also, Teresa and Barb worked hard to fill in a very large hole east of the OKI pier.
Nest #18 Crawl width: 85cm/33″
Nest #19 Crawl width: 90cm/35″
Nest #20 Crawl width: 102cm/40″
We have some Mamas nesting in “Neighborhoods” near other nests! It will be interesting to see what DNA shows!
*Nest #17 had a crab hole with one egg damaged
Today’s Mama circled around one area and moved up a little bit to actually lay. 2 pretty circle tracks! Our Pro’s Gary & Susan knew just where to look. Theresa is getting a lot of great training on the job! A spacer egg (smaller) was used for DNA. 2 eggs had odd nodules on them. We will see what happens with those!
- Nest #17
- Crawl width: 99 cm/39″
- 82 Eggs were relocated above the high tide line
Nest #16 was laid in an area known for heavy flooding, so it was relocated.
Thanks to Joy for the great pictures! Beautiful sunrise reflections!
- Nest 16
- Crawl width: 93 cm/36.5″
- eggs relocated: 109
We are now tied with Cape Hatteras for the most nests in NC (if their data is correct)!
1 False Crawl. Craw Width: 84 cm/33″. Location: West of Joe O’Brien Access, in front of 906 CB Rd.
Nest 15 Crawl WIdth: 89 cm/35″. Laid just at/above the King Tide line and covered with wire.
Morning Patrol had an adventure following today’s Mama’s crawl to and from the nest! She also didn’t make it easy for them to find the eggs! All in a days work, lol.
Nest 14 Crawl width: 82 cm/33″
June 1st has a Hat Trick!
Three new nests today, all located in safe locations!
Nest 11 Crawl width: 86 cm/34″
Nest 12 Crawl width: 104 cm/41″
Nest 13 Crawl width: 96.5 cm/38″
Joy, Kathleen and Wanda worked hard to find the eggs today! We had 2 new nests and one false crawl.
The False Crawl was located east of Fort Caswell’s Maritime Way Access. Mama climbed up the escarpment, dug a hole, left no eggs and didn’t cover the hole. Crawl width: 89 cm/35″
Nest 9 Crawl width: 95cm/37″. 143 Eggs relocated above the high tide line
Nest 10 Crawl width: 67 cm/26″ (SHE WAS SMALL!). 126 Eggs relocated above the high tide line.
Last year Nest 8 was laid on May 29th and Nest 9 was laid on May 31st, so we are a little ahead of those stats even with our late start!
Quiet and Windy
No new nests today. Nest 2 was slightly overwashed, probably tide and wind related. Not to worry, Karen Clark from NC Wildlife said a little overwash is ok. We will be hopeful!
We had 4 nests this morning!!! All were laid in safe locations, too!
- Nest 5 – Crawl width: 102 cm/40″
- Nest 6 – Crawl width: 96 cm/38″
- Nest 7 – Crawl width: 81 cm/32″
- Nest 8 – Crawl width: 81 cm/32″