Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you American readers, and Happy Thursday who don't do Thanksgiving. It's going to be an early day for me. We decided to turn off the internet to all but one computer so we can stream in the 2 football games. We'll see if we can still get enough bandwidth to watch it smoothly. The first game starts at 6:30 a.m. We'll watch it up at Capt. Brooks'. Our Thanksgiving dinner will be at 1:00 and consist of all the usual foods. I heard it was great last year.

Today was a good day of work. We got a lot of spraying done. We got off 2 hours early today as federal employees. It was fairly nice out today so Matt and I went swimming at cargo pier. There were lots of turtles over there today. I'm off now to go play volleyball.

A booby and a juvenile frigatebird are on the pier on Eastern Island. These two are like the sheep dog and the wolf on Bugs Bunny. The booby will go out and catch some food then the frigate bird will harass it until it gives up its lunch and will then steal it. Then they go back and sit together.

A Laysan albatross with a hybrid between a Laysan and black-footed albatross.


Peggy said...

Happy Thanksgiving Pete!

Wendy Cover said...

Hi Pete! Had to check out your blog again.

I'm curious to know if the hybrid mates and has fertile offspring. (I know, I'm a dorky biologist, but so are you.) Let me know!

Miss you and the birds!

Pete Leary said...

Hey Wendy,
There is a hybrid sitting on a nest. I asked Mark Romano if they are fertile. He says he's not sure. We'd have to do genetic testing to figure that out, because even if that one hatches, you can't be 100% sure that it's the parent.