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May 31 - Falcon Predation — Nests & Chicks Count

Hi Volunteers:

We are now NOT using blinds in the colony, so don’t be surprised if you see people inside the colony without blinds.
I also want to add that we are getting hammered by peregrines and now kestrels now that we have chicks. Any information you guys can pick up on, particularly bands, unusual/unique markings or feather patterns, and where the birds go. If you guys can follow where the kestrels in particular are going we may be able to remove nesting habitat.

Thanks, and just a reminder—if you SEE Predation please call or text me!

Lana Nguyen
Environmental Scientist
California State Parks
8471 North Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-201-0884 Cell

From Nicole Housel

We had 44 new nests, bringing the total to 380 nests. We also had 44 chicks. Unfortunately this is bringing in the predators. While we were on site, we observed a kestrel take a chick 3 times, and scope out the colony numerous other times. Did not see the peregrine.

Although things are going really well without blinds, we have discovered one very real danger: you will get shat on!


Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963