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Our first chick

I took this photo of Princeville’s first chick yesterday.  Mom was spending most of her time sitting on the chick to keep him warm.  A chick cannot thermoregulate when he first hatches. The first egg in Princeville was laid by … Continue reading

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Albatross fight!

I went to check on a nest in an empty lot.  In the front yard next door, a scene from the never-ending  albatross soap opera was playing out. Some people see albatrosses as being like perfect little people.  They mate … Continue reading

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Update on Bad Mama

I stopped by Bad Mama’s nest yesterday to see what was happening.  When I got there she was sitting about 6 feet from the nest.  As soon as she saw me, she ran over to the nest, like a naughty … Continue reading

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How not to incubate an egg

This is the Bad Mama Technique.  It never seems to result in a chick. A young male built this beautiful nest, then abandoned it.  In his defense, he had never nested before.  With some of these birds it takes a … Continue reading

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Statistics

As of today, I have seen about 150 albatrosses in Princeville, and we have 45 nests. Of these 45 nests, 19 are female/female.  That is approximately 42%. How do I know that some of the couples are two females?  Either … Continue reading

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How to let a male albatross know that he should shove off

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 … Continue reading

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How many albatrosses have returned so far?

The albatrosses are drifting in one by one.  The same thing happens every year; it seems as though there just aren’t as many birds as there usually are.  So I sit down and count all of the ones I have … Continue reading

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