Re: [Mendobirds] "AL" continued
- Mention of "Al" in the journal Field Notes first appeared in the summer 1995
issue (vol. 49, p. 192):
"A hint that Laysan Albatrosses may be prospecting California for nesting
sites was the individual that regularly flew in to spend long periods of
time in Pt. Arena Cove, Mendocino, Nov. 30-Mar. 5 [1994-1995] (M. Martin,
m.ob.); a local boat skipper reported that it had been present since July!"
Perhaps M. Martin is the out-of-state birder Jerry was thinking of.
----- Original Message -----
From: Jerry White
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 7:04 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] "AL" continued
Thanks to Bob Keiffer for publishing the information on the famous Laysan
Albatross. The details for this bird have needed to be clarified for a very
Bob's information is correct concerning the date I first saw Al. It was on
Friday December 2nd of 1994. I heard on the Rare Bird Alert tape the day
before that there was a Laysan Albatross seen at Pt. Arena Cove. Not
believing that report a bit I went over anyway and to my surprise found the
bird sitting on the water. On that day I called in a report to the Rare Bird
Alert and also notified the local birders.
I do believe? however that the person who called in the report was actually
an out of state birder who was staying in Pt. Arena.I do not have his name
in my notes.For many years I thought this unknown person was who first
discovered the bird. It did seem clear on the tape that he had no prior
knowledge of this bird when he found it.
It was sometime later that I heard rumors that Todd and Jim had actually
seen the bird in the same location (the year before?) and had also put it on
the RBA tape. No one at that time picked up on that information apparently.
It would be good if we could hear from Todd or Jim concerning the first date
they found the bird so we can complete AL's history.
Over the years while looking for or watching this bird I have met maybe 100
different people, local and from all over the country.For most of these
birders AL was there life Laysan Albatross. Jerry White
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