September 2015: Recap of Season (Page 1 of 2)
1. All albatross have left for the season, so we now have two months of inactivity until the adults return in early November. This month I am recapping the history of the two birds hatched on our property, Weber and Fern.
Weber’s story starts with the first step in the hatching process – the pip, which is the hole chipped out by Weber from inside the egg. Dad (KP618) stood over the egg.
2. Weber was fully out of the shell on January 31. The remnant of the shell is seen behind him. (Photo by Cathy Granholm)
3. Weber’s mom (KP252) returned five days later with his first meal.
4. Weber was one month old in this photo and was at least four times larger than at birth.
5. Weber was being fed at 6 weeks old. The yellowish slime, being passed from the parent to the chick, contains digested fish and desalinated water for the chick.
6. Now 10 weeks old, Weber was much more active, trying out his wings and exploring the yard.
7. A tagging team applies the official Fish and Wildlife Service tags to the legs of all chicks in the neighborhood so that the chicks can be identified throughout their lives. Weber was now officially H060. Weber was four months old. at the time.
8. Weber fledged when he was 5 months old. Unfortunately, no one in the neighborhood saw him moving towards the fledging site, so we did not actually see him leave. At 9 am we saw him in the yard. At 9:30 we looked high and low, but could not find him.
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