Our new total, as of yesterday:
6 have not started pipping, but the parents have had chicks before
2 nests have new parents, it is unknown if they will be successful but they definitely are male/female couples
Other couples are female/female pairs, which usually do not produce fertile eggs, and some nests have had bad eggs or were abandoned for other unknown reasons.
Last year we had 10 chicks. Without question this is a very fruitful year for Princeville.
KP462 came back to her nest to relieve her mate, K673. K673 had been at the nest for just 2 days, although from the amount of mud she had accumulated one would think she was there for a much longer period.
When the chick is pipping or has hatched, the parents change much more frequently than they did when there was just an egg to sit on. At this stage they can find enough food close to Kaua’i to feed the tiny chick his pre-digested meals. As the chick grows and requires an increasing amount of food, the parents will forage further and further away from Hawaii and spend more and more time away from their growing young one.
Such joy and wonder you share! I am just back in Palo Alto now and dreamt about birds last night. Thank you Cathy!
I sung Albatross praises to the guests at the island orientation today and told them how I have become such a FAN of them since moving here- and since Prue turned me onto them- and YOU!! 🙂
I hope to get up to see some of these bambinos and parents asap- Next Tuesday work for you?!
Aloha for now, Gayle