Wednesday, June 9 (More)

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.

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Wednesday, June 9

 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 😣

Tuesday, June 8

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

Sunday, May 30

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!