Today is a good news/bad news kind of day — We got a nest! YAY! But we also had SIX false crawls. Something weird is going on this year. We have 51 nests and 44 false crawls. The Beaches Patrol has 40 nests and 62 false crawls. I’ll let you know when someone figures out why we are having so many false crawls….
On Sunday we had THREE nests, which had put us at the half-century mark and well above both averages. WOOHOO!!! But wait! There is even more amazing news from Sunday’s patrol on the turtle front — one of the nests was a rather late-arriving LEATHERBACK! We now have FOUR leatherback nests for the season.
Another loggerhead nest was found on the 27th! YAY! Sadly, however, on that day we added 3 more false crawls to the books. This nest was a good example of a nesting turtle camoflaging the location of her clutch.
We had no crawls on the 25th, but on the 26th we had two new nests. Unfortunately, there were also five false crawls. One of our nests was another one in the vegetation. This one was 15 feet beyond the line of solid vegetation.
Two more nests yesterday! 44 total nests keeps us above both averages. The first nest was fairly normal, but the second one was highly unusual. She nested 63 feet into the vegetation. This is Nancy’s 12th year of doing this, and she has never seen a nest this far into the vegetation.
The following photographs are from MSO25 – the unusual nest where the Loggerhead went 63 feet into the vegetation to nest. It was quite a sight to see.
We have had 12 new nests since the last update to the page. That includes 4 loggerhead nests today, two yesterday, one on June 20, two on June 14, two on June 13, and one on June 12. During the same time period we also had 11 false crawls.
One of the false crawls last night was our second “Busy Betty” crawl. She left 7 abandoned body pits this time, with no nest. Our hearts break for this poor turtle. She exerts so much effort, but for some reason cannot dig an egg chamber in which to deposit her eggs.
TWO more loggerhead nests today! 26 nests puts us above both averages. YAY! Both nests today were in the vegetation, which is not common. We really don’t like it when they are in there, because of the roots, which can damage the eggs and hold moisture in the sand. There are also fire ants in the vegetation! We willl hope for the best on both of these. Our false crawl was caused by a huge tree trunk that had washed up on the beach. ;-(
There were two nests and two false crawls on Friday, two nests on Saturday, and a nest and false crawl on Sunday.
As of today, we now have 2 dozen nests. Not too bad at all. Today’s false crawl was a loggerhead. Our nester today was not very large, judging by her track width, but she was energetic. She moved a lot of sand around in her 2 abandoned body pits and nest.
On Saturday, the first one, when we tried to pound one of the nest stakes in, the stake kept going crooked. We dug and found part of broken concrete block. The other nest is in front of a seawall, but fortunately it is one of more westerly seawalls we have.
Two more loggerhead nests on Wednesday! 19 nests so far. The season is looking better! The disparency between the beach north of Mickler’s and that south of Mickler’s continues: South (1.7 miles) has 13 nests and only 2 false crawls. North (2.2 miles) has 6 nests and 6 false crawls. Pretty crazy!
HOORAY! Another 3-nest day! That makes two 3-nest days in a row. One of today’s nests was another Leatherback, which brings us to three Leatherbacks so far. (Our record is 4 in one season.)
Unfortunately, one of our nests today is in front of a seawall. The problem with nests in front of seawalls is that if we get a storm where the tides are high enough to hit the wall, erosion will occur and we could lose the nest.