You may have also heard that a lot of the tsunami debris from Japan is making its way toward Midway and may be here sometime this winter. There are a lot of articles about it, but here's a link to a good one: http://news.discovery.com/earth/tsunami-debris-floating-fast-towards-hawaii-111025.html
This was the only Black-footed albatross I saw on Eastern Island last week.
Clyde and Lynn from NOAA came out to do some work on the tide station. They gave a tour of their gear and a short presentation. I learned a couple of new things.