Nests 43, 44 & 45

It was a busy morning with Nests 43, 44 and 45 plus two false crawls. The mamas must have liked the high tide.

The first call was from Anne Snelgrove, Gayle Evans and Barbara Hanson with a crawl before the old pier.  Bill Greubel walked in to find Nest 44. The 150 eggs were moved to higher ground by the three palms near the pier. The waves were lapping at the old nest as it was being moved.

There was another crawl all the way to the southern end and up Privateer Creek.  Anne Snelgrove was so confident there was a nest she promised to eat her shorts if Bill Greubel couldn't find it. Fortunately for Anne, Bill found the eggs for Nest 45. The mama had to work to lay that nest as the 153 eggs were in various pockets around tree roots.  The nest was relocated next to Nest 44.
Meanwhile, Melanie Jerome, Ruth Ann Henderer and Kathy Francis called with a sure nest in the private walkway between Boardwalks 2 and 3. It was a sure nest as there were egg shells, crab holes and flies all over the area.  Judy Morr responded and amazingly found Nest 43 without even needing to probe.  A raccoon did the work of finding the nest. Unfortunately, 13 eggs were lost to predation. One of the predated eggs was used for the dna sample. The remaining 117 eggs were moved with the other nests near Boardwalk 6.

Further up the beach there were two other crawls into the myrtles. Sandy MacCoss  responded and confirmed both were false crawls.  No flags were left since they were obvious in and outs.

                                                     Good thing we moved the nest