Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Today we went over to Eastern Island. The short-tailed albatross wasn't there today. It might be flying around somewhere looking for some food. We didn't get the calling station working today, so John will have to get that going when he gets back.
Here was the set-up for the Thai King's birthday at the All Hands Club.
It was another gray day today, but the water is still a nice color.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
The albatrosses make their nests out of whatever they can reach from their egg. If they are on sand or gravel, that's all they get. We like the ones that live in the verbesina and pull it out for us. I wish they would walk around and do that.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Here's a good example of why we need to get rid of the verbesina. We mowed this area and sprayed it once to keep the sprouts down. We had to stop here because there were baby ducks in the vicinity and we had to give them a lot of space.
A Black-footed and Laysan albatross are sitting next to a memorial for the Japanese military men who died near Midway in WWII. I heard there was some controversy about honoring the enemy, but it got put up and it's small, out of the way, and only written in Japanese.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
You can never have too much of Turtle Beach.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Here's some more albatrosses for you. That square thing in the background is the hangar.
The south shore of Eastern Island.
Here's a juvenile frigatebird watching the boat go away after it dropped us off.
Some brown noddies and a masked booby on a cement block.
Monday, November 26, 2007
A green sea turtle is sleeping on the beach.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Jim (our P.A.) and I are taking some duck pictures at the Radar Hill seep.
This is just me taking Laysan teal pictures (Photos used with permission of Jim Cassell and Nancy Wallander (as soon as I ask them tomorrow)).
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Our Thanksgiving dinner was great. Besides the turkey we had roast beef, ham, and shrimp. There were plenty of leftovers for later too.
This was the scene at Capt. Brooks' this morning. It was still dark outside.
We eat at the Clipper House. I showed it before but it was a while ago.
This was the setup today. Normally the tables are all separate but today it was one big one.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Today was a good day of work. We got a lot of spraying done. We got off 2 hours early today as federal employees. It was fairly nice out today so Matt and I went swimming at cargo pier. There were lots of turtles over there today. I'm off now to go play volleyball.
A booby and a juvenile frigatebird are on the pier on Eastern Island. These two are like the sheep dog and the wolf on Bugs Bunny. The booby will go out and catch some food then the frigate bird will harass it until it gives up its lunch and will then steal it. Then they go back and sit together.
A Laysan albatross with a hybrid between a Laysan and black-footed albatross.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
We banded a few more black-footed albatross today and marked a bunch more nests. At least the birds won't dehydrate so much with it cooler.
There wasn't much going on today so I'll just leave you with some more pictures from Eastern island.
The brown noddies are sitting on old seawall pieces.
A black-footed albatross taking off.
Greg and I went out today to count black-footed albatross nests and to band any birds that needed it. There are quite a few with eggs so far so it took the whole afternoon to do that. We'll check again on Friday.
We had a little party tonight for Moo (from Thailand) since his wife had a baby today. It will still be a while before he can get back to see his new son, so I guess that's one of the downsides of being out here.
This is the gun over on Eastern Island.
I don't know what this meeting is about, but it looks important.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I think we're at about the maximum number of albatrosses about now. Some of the Laysan albatross are laying eggs already. The females go right out to sea to fatten up again and let the males take the first shift on the eggs. They'll switch off after the females get enough food.
There are thousands of birds on the parade field.
Here's a monk seal crashing the party on Turtle Beach.
Last night we got some Pizza Hut pizza on the plane so that was good. We reheated in the pizza oven at the All Hands Club. They're talking about making that a regular delivery now, which would be alright with me.
A masked booby on the beach at Eastern Island.
Greg and Lynda (our visiting IT person) next to some beach debris nets.
Friday, November 16, 2007
The plane is coming in this evening. It's a good thing they moved to night flights this week because there were thousands of albatrosses flying around today.
Here I am with some albatrosses on Eastern Island.
I found this glass fishing float on Eastern yesterday. It's about 6" long. Most of the floats are round so people usually like to find this style since they are more rare.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Here's a couple pictures from the fuel pier.
This is the seal that I showed you a couple days ago.
Here's a wandering tattler and a pacific golden plover on the pier.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I got to watch some football today. It wasn't a great game, but it's something I haven't seen for a while. I also took some time to write an article for the "Friends of Midway" newsletter about the turtle nest that hatched this fall. It wasn't really much more than I already wrote on my blog, but I think it's interesting news. If you want to review that again it was back on Oct. 5th, I think.
Here's the Veteran's Day flowers. The red flowers are Turk's cap, the yellow are hibiscus, and the pink one is a rose.
The wreath is at the left at our Midway Memorial (aka Gooney memorial).