Nest # 2 status and archive, 2014-15

Nov 8, 2014 This male, banded #4235, is 8 years old and rasied chicks the last two years near this same nesting site. We hope the same female comes back. He was hatched in 2006. The male is Toby and his mate is Sarah, named by Susan Withnell's class in Linton Springs, Sykesville, MD. First eggs sighted Nov 18th.

Dec 2, 2014. The nest of Male #4235 has been taken over by another bird. We see this sometimes. A non-paired bird will come into the colony and push a nesting bird off the eggs and take over the nest. It usually invovles a fight and this time was no exception. The eggs were scattered and although the aggresive bird successfully took over the nest, the eggs are gone. The agressive bird is banded #6550 and was in this breeding colony last last year. We are going to reassign Nest #2 to another banded pair breeding very close to Nest #10.

Dec 3. Introducing banded male #4355 and his mate. He is 8 years old and has been in the Centerfield breeding group for several years. We hope this pair will be successful in raising a chick. We do not know when these eggs were laid but belive around Nov 18th. We will look forward to seeing the chicks hatch. The male is Luke and his mate is Tess, named by Susan Withnell's class at Linton Springs School, Sykesville, MD.

Dec 17, 2014 The first chick has hatched. Dec 18, the second chick has hatched. Their names are Walden, and Fluffy, adopted by Suzanne Tef's 1st grade class at Walden Academy, Winters, Caif.

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Nov 5, 2014  
Male #4355 and his mate. This picture taken Nov 5, 2014 The Centerfield breeding group. Find Tess and Luke in the front.
   
Nov 5 Nov 8 Nov 16 Nov 18
Toby waiting for the female Toby alone on the nest Toby on the nest, Sarah has arrived and is close by Toby on the nest, 2 eggs. Sarah has left for the ocean to feed
       
Nov 19 Nov 20 Nov 21 Nov 22
Toby on the nest, 2 eggs Toby on the nest, 2 eggs Toby on the nest, 2 eggs Toby on the nest, 2 eggs
 
Nov 23 Nov 24 Nov 25 Nov 26
penguin on a nest Antarctic snow storm penguin on a nest penguin eggs
Toby on the nest, 2 eggs Today we are tent-bound and will not go outside. Horizontal snow, 40mph winds and zero visibility. Brrrrrr. Toby on the nest, 2 eggs Toby on the nest, 2 eggs
 
Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30
penguin on a nest penguin on a nest
Toby on the nest, 2 eggs Toby on the nest, 2 eggs Toby on the nest, 2 eggs Toby on the nest, 2 eggs
 
Dec 1, Last picture of Pair #4235 Dec 2 Dec 3 Dec 4
Sarah is back and on the nest, 2 eggs An aggressive penguin (band #6550) has taken over this nest. We did not see the fight, but feel sure there was one. Our pair is gone, the eggs are scattered. This banded bird may sit here for a while, but the nest is lost. Our new female, Tess, is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs
 
Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8
Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs
 
Dec 9 Dec 10 Dec 11 Dec 12
Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs
 
Dec 13 Dec 14 Dec 15 Dec 16
Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs Tess is on the nest with 2 eggs
 

Dec 17

Dec 18 Dec 19  
 
Tess is on the nest one chick has hatched. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ! !, his name is Walden. Tess is on the nest the second chick has hatched. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ! !, his name is Fluffy. Luke is on the nest. Walden and Fluffy are resting.