A Loggerhead with beautiful distinct claw marks. Nest was right in the weed line at the high tide line as well as smack dab in the middle of the Draper Lake outfall. Moved to the East and up to the toe of the dune of The Retreat development. Kelley was approached by Mike and Melanie Hasse who were walking the beach prior to sunrise and had come across the tracks. They were sitting there in lawn chairs protecting the nest so Kelley could complete her walk when Sherry and I came out to document the nest.
Nest #28 was depredated last night by coyotes. With these result attached. you will find pictures (Lorna and Robbin don’t get upset by screen, it was screened incorrectly we know and we are dealing with that). For all volunteers the screen is to be put on by a permitted volunteer, It goes the opposite way as in the picture so the longest part of opening goes east to west, the screen is put under the stakes and put down flat and also goes outside the nest a ways, training later. As you can see this way does not work, dead hatchling, eggs left from the coyote dig, scat left by coyote, hatchling tracks trying to get away from coyotes, and more tracks. If you have any questions please ask. We have had a lot of depredation this year and will see what we can do about it this winter.
There were 89 eggs so 66 were deprecated.