When bluKP226, Gator, started following half of a female/female couple around my street, this is what she did:
- She stopped and faced him.
- She spread her wings out so she seemed to be much larger than Gator.
- She lifted her bill into the air, thereby increasing her height.
- She screamed. She is woman, hear her roar!
Gator turned around and walked briskly back to my neighbor’s front yard. He was able to jump another female, also part of a female/female couple, and I hope that the couple chooses to incubate the egg that he fertilized. We need more chicks; males like Gator are willing to do their part. We have so many female/female couples in Princeville, and every season they waste many hours patiently sitting on infertile eggs. Given the chance, they always show good mothering skills. So I say, “Thank you, Gator, for your contribution to the future of this species.”
Such a forward-thinking bird!
i hope the egg is fertilized, and I hope he jumps a few more females in female-female couples with good mothering skills!
I still wish Gator would get a loyal mate of his own, though. He deserves that, and he’d be a good egg incubator; i just know it.
I think Gator may have found a mate. He spent some quality time last year with an unbanded bird, and he was sitting in my neighbor’s yard with, possibly, the same bird. I can’t be sure it is the same albatross, since there is no identification on the bird, but it would make sense. I will let you know if I see Gator on a nest. I am going to ask the state biologist who bands albatrosses to band as many unbanded nesters as possible this season!