People around here are getting pretty chilly. It was 64 this morning. It has also been mostly windy and rainy for the last week, so normal winter weather is here.
If you haven't checked out Chris Jordan's Journey to midway page recently, it's worth looking at again. He and his crew have posted a new video clip called, MIDWAY IV – A dream of a dying Albatross. It's really well done. Here's the site: http://www.midwayjourney.com/
This is Wisdom on her egg. It's only a couple of yards from her spot last year. You can see there's a Bonin petrel burrow in the lower right corner of the photo that goes right under her nest. The ground should be stable enough to hold the nest.
Most of the island population got out to say goodbye to John Hanna, the retiring DBSI (formerly Chugach) manager. Don't pay any attention to that giant shadow right in the middle of the pic, ok?
The female Short-tailed albatross is taking her turn on the nest surrounded by Laysan and Black-footed albatross.
Anne and Karen are collecting beach trash in our Eastern Island marine debris plot that we check monthly.
This is Brackish Pond. Which is a brackish water pond (hence the name) made by the Navy for non-potable water. Those ironwood trees all died from the storm and tsunami washover, which bathed the trees in salt water for a couple of months.
The Thai King's birthday is tomorrow (Dec. 5), so it will be a holiday for the Thai workers. Here's part of the holiday display that was put up in the Clipper House.