Friday, January 21, 2011
Good nesting news
L & W are headed "downy oshen" - that's Maryland talk for "down the ocean," i.e., to the beach, to do some major-league birding this weekend. Northern Saw-Whet Owl? Clay-colored Sparrow? King Rail? Snow Bunting? We're chasing 'em!
We wrap up the week with some potentially great news about the endangered Short-Tailed Albatross. As noted in this month's Birding Community E-bulletin, the bird was once the most numerous North Pacific albatross, before being decimated by feather hunting and feared extinct. World population is estimated at about 3,000. Recently, a Short-Tailed Albatross nest and eggs were discovered on U.S. territory, on Midway Atoll in the Pacific.
Now the good news: according to an Associated Press report, an egg hatched last Friday, Jan 14. The nest is being monitored remotely by video camera.
Closer to home, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a Bald Eagle laid the earliest egg ever recorded by the refuge's Eagle Cam. The egg-laying date was January 13. You can check out the live Eagle Cam right here. (This news came to us via Dan Haas, a veritable font of bird news and info).
That's it for now. Time to head downy oshen.