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Laysan Albatross "Al" history

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  • Robert J. Keiffer
    5 April 2010 - Monday - First of all .thanks to everyone who kept track of Al (or Alene?), the Laysan Albatross that habitually uses Point Arena Cove for
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 5, 2010
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      5 April 2010 - Monday - First of all .thanks to everyone who kept track of
      "Al" (or Alene?), the Laysan Albatross that

      habitually uses Point Arena Cove for loafing 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 posted

      the birds happenings as there are many folks, even out of the country, that
      pay particular attention to this individual bird.

      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
      T.Easterla and J.Booker

      30 Nov 1994 to 27 Mar 1995 report of two birds in
      synchronized flight

      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



      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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    • Ron LeValley
      If anyone is interested in finding out whether it is Al or Alene , all we need is a feather that is confirmed from the bird and we can get the answer. Maybe
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 5, 2010
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        If anyone is interested in finding out whether it is Al or "Alene", all we
        need is a feather that is confirmed from the bird and we can get the answer.
        Maybe when "it" comes back next year?



        Ron



        Ron LeValley
        Mad River Biologists
        Mendocino Office
        P.O. Box 332
        Little River CA 95456
        Office:: 707/937-1742
        Fax: 707/937-2868
        <mailto:ron@...> ron@...





        From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
        Behalf Of Robert J. Keiffer
        Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 8:24 AM
        To: Mendobirds
        Subject: [Mendobirds] Laysan Albatross "Al" history





        5 April 2010 - Monday - First of all .thanks to everyone who kept track of
        "Al" (or Alene?), the Laysan Albatross that

        habitually uses Point Arena Cove for loafing 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 posted

        the birds happenings as there are many folks, even out of the country, that
        pay particular attention to this individual bird.

        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
        T.Easterla and J.Booker

        30 Nov 1994 to 27 Mar 1995 report of two birds in
        synchronized flight

        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

        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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      • Floyd Hayes
        Al aficionados may be interested in learning (unless you already knew) a few details about the oldest known Laysan Albatross. It was an adult with a chick
        Message 3 of 3 , Apr 5, 2010
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          Al aficionados may be interested in learning (unless you already knew) a few details about the oldest known Laysan Albatross. It was an adult with a chick (thus a minimum of 7 years old) banded by legendary USFW biologist Chandler Robbins on Midway Island in 1958. Amazingly it was recaptured by the same research--Chandler Robbins--in 2002, giving a minimum age of 51 years.
           
          So if we--and Al--are lucky, we may be seeing Al for a few more decades.
           
          Floyd Hayes
          Hidden Valley Lake, CA




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