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"big AL" (or Alene) Pt.Arena Albatross

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  • mendocinorjk
    Because of the recent posts I am pasting a message that I recently posted on Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com. AL the Laysan Albatross that spends winter loafing
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2010
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      Because of the recent posts I am pasting a message that I recently posted on Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com.

      "AL" the Laysan Albatross that spends winter loafing time at the Point Arena Cove MEN returned on 11/22. First of all, thanks to everyone who keeps track of "Al" (or Alene?), the Laysan Albatross that habitually uses Point Arena Cove during the winter months. Even though the bird becomes "expected" there will be a day when it does not return, which will be a sad day for us in Mendocino County. Anyway, thanks also to those who post the bird's happenings (on Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com) as there are many folks, even out of the country, that pay particular attention to this individual bird.

      To any of you visiting the cove with hopes of seeing "Al" you can expect about a 50% chance of seeing the bird on any one day. A good tip is, " check the cove every couple hours throughout the day".

      Here, again, is the summary of "Al's" comings and goings from Point Arena Cove, Mendocino County, California USA.

      Also, thanks to the local business folks and surfers who keep an eye on Al to insure the birds safety.

      ????? to 28 February 1994 when first discovered by
      Todd Easterla and Jim Booker
      30 Nov 1994 to 27 Mar 1995 report of two birds in
      synchronized flight beyond the "cove"
      5 Dec 1995 to 14 Mar 1996
      3 Dec 1996 to 26 Mar 1997
      27 Nov 1997 to 8 Mar 1998
      12 Dec 1998 to 21 Mar 1999
      4 Dec 1999 to 12 Feb 2000 with a fly-by-the-cove (same bird?)
      on 2 Apr 2000 (G.Chaniot)
      26 Nov 2000 to 26 Feb 2001
      28 Nov 2001 to 24 Mar 2002
      21 Nov 2002 to 12 Mar 2003
      25 Nov 2003 to 28 Feb 2004
      28 Nov 2004 to 21 Feb 2005
      26-30 Nov 2005 to 19 Mar 2006
      25 Nov 2006 to 16 Mar 2007
      7 Dec 2007 to 5 Mar 2008
      22 Nov 2008 to 23 Mar 2009 5:26 PM
      18 Nov 2009 to 23 Mar 2010
      22 Nov 2010 to wait and see

      Since Laysan Albatross are so long-lived (50+ years) it is absolutely unknown as to how many years prior to 1994 that this bird may have been using Point Arena Cove un-noticed.
      Again, this is probably the only place on the west coast (WA/OR/CA) where one can reliably see this species with the observer standing on solid ground (not on a boat).

      Good birding. Bob Keiffer
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