Sunday, December 1, 2013

A lot of food!

 I hope everyone had a great long weekend.  We had a great Thanksgiving dinner.  The cooks did a wonderful job cooking turkey, ham, steaks, all the usual side dishes, and more.  I just finished up my leftovers today.
We're keeping busy monitoring the albatross plots.  It's about the peak of egg laying this week.  We also have to put bands on any new nesting birds in the plots so we can keep track of which parent is on the nest.  Luckily, most of them have bands on them already since we've been monitoring these areas for a few years and the birds nest in almost the same spot each year.

As usual, the tables at the Clipper House were all put together for the holiday meal. 

Wine isn't normally allowed at meals in the Clipper House, but they make holiday exceptions. 

The pumpkin pie and carrot cake was good.

The volunteers check for new eggs in the Black-footed albatross plot near the end of the runway.

This is what the parade field looks like this week. 

This albatross has a rusty fish hook in its neck.  We caught it to try to remove it, but it's been in so long that it has healed into the skin.  I'm sure the hook was nice stainless steel when it went in and it will probably be worse for the bird to take it out since the bird looks very healthy.  


Pete Prellwitz said...

*shudder* That albatross with the hook in its neck. I'm glad it's healthy.

When I was growing up in Wisconsin, we had a home for a few years with a river front. Mom loved to feed the ducks (about 95% mallards) and before long, we started to notice different personalities among them, both in how they acted with us and with the other ducks. We even ended up naming a few.

Do albatross have differing personalities? I'm guessing yes and was wondering if there are any that have stood out for you over your years on Midway and Tern.

Pete Leary said...

The albatross here are mostly very similar. There are a few that are extra aggressive, and some are extra curious. But for the most part, they just give a snap or two when we walk by, and then get over it. It's really difficult to tell them apart though, so most of them don't get named.

Seagull Steve said...

There are volunteers again?! That's good news.

Wow, that Laysan...that's quite the throat piercing to have to live with. How many Short-taileds are hanging out so far this winter?