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.