The Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis, is an uncommon and exciting sighting on pelagic trips from the U.S. Pacific coast. It is easily told from the darker more common, Black-footed Albatross, Phoebastria nigripes.
Click below for a view of a fledgling’s first flight
It’s main breeding area is in the Hawaiian Islands of Midway and Laysan, but has also breed on islands near Mexico and Japan.
One of my favorite places to spend a spring morning is the Big Creek Marsh at Long Point, Ontario, one of the finest marshes left in Ontario. As a bonus, the wind was blowing enough to keep the biting bugs away.
When the Marsh Wrens arrive and set up territories, they get into some serious singing. If you watch the video, you’ll see that they are not the most beautiful of singers but they are enthusiastic.
The Shy Albatross, Thalassarche cauta, is a mid size species which breeds in the Australia and New Zealand areas and travels about the southern oceans. It was recently part of a split into three species, formerly being grouped with Salvin’s and Chatham Albatross.
It is very commonly seen on the pelagics run out of South Africa.
There is an area a few kilometers from my house that has some large communication towers, and they leave the grass uncut till late summer. This makes it a haven for grassland birds who have suffered from recent agricultural practice of early grassland cutting and bailing.
It is always a treat to hear the bubbly songs of Bobolinks when they return to breed.
The male plumage is unusual because it is light above which would seem to make it an easier target for overhead birds of prey.
In the background, Savannah Sparrows and Eastern Meadowlarks are singing.