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Monday, August 22, 2016

Inventory Briarcliffe Nest #3

First of 3 nests to emerge on same night, Braircliffe Nest #3 was found on June 26. Mother crawled up a steep bank onto dunes.  Nest was above the spring HTL so left in situ.

51 days later, dunes are filling in with sand, ground cover is growing, hatchlings emerge

Inventory is conducted 4 days later.  Many interested on-lookers

Inventory Briarcliffe Nest #3

110 eggs
1 egg taken for DNA
109 eggs left undisturbed

101 hatched eggs

8 whole or unhatched of which
2 appeared to be infertile, 5 died during early development, 1 died in late development, fully formed

No live or dead hatchlings

92.7% hatching success rate

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