Hello! My name is Ms. Elebash . Please join me as I travel to Costa Rica to study sea turtles!

Monday, January 31, 2011



Now it is morning and I have the 9-11 shift in the hatchery again. It is very hot so I have moved my chair away from the hatchery to be under a tree. Above me is a chatty black bird with yellow eyes and a fiercely sturdy straight-pointed black beak that looks good for ripping fruit. I can tell that I am in his territory. He is about 12 inches long. His voice is like a siren, “whoooooop” that starts out low and goes to high. And then “drrrr, drrr, drrr,” sing-song-y, and then just “pck,pck,pck,” and more. His repertory is extensive. He might be in the redwing blackbird or cowbird family. When I get back to the station I will check out the bird identification book and see what it is. He was shy of the camera and me.





Night visitor. Guess who came to visit between 3am and 7am? Major predator.

I put my hand there so you could see how big the prints were. I bet the canines were just as large!



On another note: You would not believe how cool it is the watch the night sky for 6 hours straight!! We faced the Pacific so watched the Milky Way above us at 9pm travel down to the horizon by 3am. Orion was there, too, so we put him to bed and watched the southern cross and Scorpio rise. We saw about 10 shooting stars. Phenomenal!

12 comments:

  1. hi,have you seen a nest boil yet?I also wonder what tipe of bird it was.Your soooo lucky you got to body surf!!! from Tommy

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  2. Hi Brett,
    How are you? I am sorry I missed you before you left on your trip! I stopped by your class this morning because Ms. Swagerty said you might SKYPE with the class. I am hoping to catch one of your calls.

    It sounds like you are having a great time. I hope you can get a picture of the bird!

    Talk soon!
    Cristin

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  3. The bird is a great-tailed grackle. I have seen many of them as well as hummingbirds. There are a lot of flowers in bloom.

    No, I have not seen a nest boil here but I have in North Carolina. I am hoping tonight I can see either a turtle lay, false crawl, or some hatchlings emerge.

    False crawl is when she comes up but does not lay. She comes up, wanders around, and then goes back into the ocean. Last night the one that came up and laid 52 eggs was one that false crawled the night before.

    Let me tell you a little of what I remember about the leatherbacks. Maybe I can get Tera, the main person here to talk to you. Start saving your questions!!

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  4. That's so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. your amazing that you did that

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  6. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Hi Ms.Elebash,
    That bird is so cool! What tipe of bird is that? Mason

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  8. how deep can leather back sea turtles dive.
    R.W

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  9. what varmint do you think it was and why?
    R.W

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  10. Dear Ms. Elabash, How many eggs do you think you saw on your trip.Andrew c.

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  11. How long have you been body surfing how much wild life have you seen
    R.W

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  12. You can see a picture of the number of eggs I have seen on my trip. they are sitting on the screen.

    I have only seen a few different birds and turtles! Tomorrow I go on an estuary trip. I hope to see more wildlife then.

    Hi, Mrs. Yang,

    I am calling on Friday morning at 8:30. I will talk to you then!

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