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.


Larry said...

That's great news about the Albatross. I remebering wanting to see a live one when I used to listen to this Pink Floyd tune that went something like this:

Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air

And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves...

Dave said...

Have fun at the
Loopy and the Doodles

Lisa said...

This is Lisa, the webmaster at Blackwater NWR. Just wanted to clarify, the egg was the earliest for our Eagle Cam, not for the refuge. They misunderstood the info we passed along. It's possible eagle eggs have been laid earlier than that at Blackwater NWR.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Lisa _ thanks for the clarification. We will correct that right away. We are going to stop by Blackwater on our way "downy oshen"!

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Dave - Happy New Year! See you and Doodles in the spring?!