Nothing is known about the other life-habits of this bird. At this point in time we do not even know what sex the bird is, where is goes to forage, or where it goes to nest, or even if it does pair up and nest at all. It is not banded or marked in any other manner .... so there is no way to track this individual once it leaves the safe harbor of the cove. If we could get one single feather from this bird we could at least sex it.
Any banding attempt would require a certified bander, Federal and State permits, and probably an accepted protocol.
Good questions however! Good birding. Bob Keiffer
] On Behalf Of Joleen
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 8:02 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] Inquiry about Al by a Southern Audubon Member
My wife and I finally got to see Al the other day at Pt. Arena, and watched him have a very interesting and friendly interaction with a local surfer coming back in from riding waves. Seeing this made me wonder what - if anything - is known about Al's breeding history.
Does anyone know exactly where Al goes when he heads off in the spring and whether he has been successfully mating and breeding anywhere?
Has there ever been any discussion of putting a leg ring on Al/Alice? As the LaAl colonies in Hawaii are monitored with some diligence, it would probably be seen and reported.
Of course, such an action might be resented as an invasion of privacy and personal space by Al/Alice, who is an exceptionally friendly and trusting bird.
Santa Monica Bay Audubon
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