For a tropical storm, Hermine sure did pack a punch for our remaining nests. Here’s the synopsis of the damage along with the sliver lining.

Before the storm:

  • 34 nests were in the ground
  • 7 of those nests had emergences (one actually during the storm)
  • 3 of those nests had signs of a sink hole
  • 4 of those nests (if not more) were really close to time frame relative to other nests already showing activity

Post Storm:

  • 3 nests survived and remain in the ground (Nests #39, 42, 50).

So of the 34 nests, I like to think at least 14 nests got hatchlings out before or during the storm and 3 survived the storm.  If I am right, this would mean at least half the nests going into the storm, survived with some success (we just can’t confirm with an excavation).

While it may have felt like a large loss, consider this. Before this year, our previous record of total nests was 26 (and two of those were duds, so really 24 successful nests).  This year, before the storm we had 26 nests emerge with success!  So we still have a record year for emergences and we still have 3 nests still in the ground.  Oh! And that doesn’t count the 7 additional nests I really think probably sent hatchlings out during the storm but we just couldn’t document.  So this year has still been our most successful year on record for emergences!
Below are the official results for our nests through the storm. Note, I really believe that most the nests up to Nest #34 (and possibly a few thereafter) may have snuck at least some hatchlings out during the storm. We just have no evidence of it as the nest site was washed out and could not be excavated after. The three remaining nests are listed in blue.

Nest # Town Emergence Days Total
Eggs
Hatch
Rate
Nest #01 Duck – Sanderling #8 – Vireo Way 1-Aug 73 95 71%
Nest #02 Nags Head – Bladen St. 8-Aug 69 70 91%
Nest #03 Nags Head – Bladen St. 12-Aug 68 42 86%
Nest #04 Nags Head – Glidden St. None No hatching 134 0%
Nest #05 Nags Head – Forest St. access 10-Aug 63 99 77%
Nest #06 Corolla – Corolla Light access #4 13-Aug 63 138 17%
Nest #07 Corolla – Whalehead – Sailfish Dr. 15-Aug 64 122 94%
Nest #08 Corolla – Whalehead – Mackeral St. 12-Aug 61 126 34%
Nest #09 Southern Shores – Chicahauk Trail 8-Aug 56 96 97%
Nest #10 Duck/Corolla Border 10-Aug 57 75 77%
Nest #11 Carova – MP 23.4 13-Aug 55 106 94%
Nest #12 Kitty Hawk – Byrd St. 14-Aug 55 90 79%
Nest #13 S. Nags Head – Seagull Ct. 19-Aug 59 75 93%
Nest #14 Corolla – Pine Island – Cottage Cove None No hatching 125 0%
Nest #15 Nags Head – Sea Holly Ct. 24-Aug 59 143 90%
Nest #16 Corolla – Spindrift/Ocean Sands A 28-Aug 61 104 43%
Nest #17 Corolla – Currituck Beach Lighthouse 2-Sep 63 no excavation – TS Hermine
Nest #18 Duck – Sandy Ridge 22-Aug 52 109 81%
Nest #19 S. Nags Head – Proteus St. 2-Sep 61 no excavation – TS Hermine
Nest #20 Carova – MP 17 25-Aug 52 112 58%
Nest #21 Corolla – Lighthouse Access sink hole pre-storm washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #22 S. Nags Head – Limulus St. 2-Sep 54 no excavation – TS Hermine
Nest #23 Corolla – Dolphin St.     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #24 Nags Head – Abalone St. 1-Sep 52 no excavation – TS Hermine
Nest #25 Duck – Sanderling #8 – Vireo Way 28-Aug 47 no excavation – TS Hermine
Nest #26 Duck – Norbanks     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #27 S. Nags Head – Seagull St.     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #28 Kitty Hawks – Hawk St. 30-Aug 49 no excavation – TS Hermine
Nest #29 KDH – Raleigh St. 2-Sep 51 no excavation – TS Hermine
Nest #30 Nags Head – Gull St.     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #31 Corolla – Pine Island – Access 7 sink hole pre-storm washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #32 S. Nags Head – Juncos St. hatchlings found near nest washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #33 Nags Head – Dune St. 3-Sep 50 90 91%
Nest #34 Nags Head – Abalone St. sink hole pre-storm washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #35 CNWR – MP 18.3     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #36 Nags Head – Sand Spur Motel     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #37 Kitty Hawk – Hilton Garden     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #38 Carova – MP 21.3     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #39 Southern Shores        
Nest #40 Corolla – Whalehead – Bonita     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #41 Nags Head – Gray Ealgle 1-Aug unk. 131 95%
Nest #42 Nags Head         
Nest #43 S. Nags Head – Surfside Dr.     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #44 Southern Shores – 11th Ave.     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #45 Kill Devil Hills – 5th St.     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #46 Kitty Hawk – Tateway     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #47 S. Nags Head – Proteus St.     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #48 Duck – Schooner Ridge     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #49 Nags Head – 3815 S. VA Dare Tr.     washed out – TS Hermine
Nest #50 Kitty Hawk         
Nest #51 KDH – Raleigh St. 25-Aug unk.