Nest #8 status and archive, 2016-17

This female failed to raise a family last season. This year she is in a different breeding group with a different mate. She is 16 years old and was first seen in the colony in 2005. She has had a few successful nests in the last 10 years, but not every year. They have a good nest in the South Rockway breeding group and we wish them luck in raising a family there. Nov 13, Female #2774 has switched nests. This is a common event in the breeding colony. Mates return late to a previous nest and take back the nest and mate from an intruder. This is what has happend here. Nov 19, the female has left the colony, Nov 22, the male has abandoned the nest, the rocks are gone. We will switch to a new pair.

Nov 23. This male is 9 years old. He was first seen in the colony when he was a 4 year old, but has only raised one family since then. He and his mate have a good nest in the Seaview breeding group close to Nest # 4. The egg was first sighted on Nov 22, there is only one, and the female has already left for the ocean and a good feed. The pair has been named Oreo and Domino by the second graders at Clemens Crossing ES, Howard Co MD.

Dec 25, the chick is gone. This season has been hard on the penguins at Cape Royds. We have lost so many nests, The open ocean is too far out for returning mates to bring enough food for the chicks.

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Nest #8 Male, band #5221  
Nov 9, 2016. Female and her mate. The Seaview breeding group.
 
Nov 9, Female #2774 Nov 10, Female #2774 Nov 11,Female #2774 Nov 12, Female #2774
Pair, no eggs Pair, no eggs Pair, no eggs Pair, no eggs
 
Nov 13, Female #2774 Nov 14, Female #2774 Nov 15, Female #2774 Nov 16, Female #2774
Pair no eggs Pair no eggs Pair no eggs Pair no eggs
       
Nov 17,Female #2774 Nov 18, Female #2774 Nov 19,Female #2774 Nov 20

Selecting another pair. The female has left the colony, there will be no eggs in this nest.

 

 

Pair no eggs Pair no eggs Pair no eggs  
 
Nov 21 Nov 23 Nov 24 Nov 25
We have selected another pair to follow. Male #5221 and his mate. No picture today. Happy Thanksgiving
  Domino is on the nest, one egg Domino is on the nest, one egg  
 
Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29
No picture today. Happy Thanksgiving no picture today
  Domino is on the nest, one egg Domino on the nest. one egg  
 
Nov 30 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 3
Domino with one egg Domino with one egg Both Oreo and Domino are here Oreo, one egg
 
Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7
Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg
 
Dec 8 Dec 9 Dec 10 Dec 11
Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg
 
Dec 12 Dec 13 Dec 14 Dec 15
Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg Oreo, one egg
 
Dec 16 Dec 17 Dec 18 Dec 19
Snow storm today, no picture.
Domino is back and on one egg   Domino is on the nest. Domino is on the nest.
 
Dec 20 Dec 21 Dec 22 Dec 23
Domino is on the nest. Domino is on the nest. Domino is on the nest. Domino is on the nest, the chick is hatching. Welcome to the world!
 
Dec 24 Dec 25 Jan 2  
The 2016-17 Nest Check has concluded for the season. Please check back with us early Nov 2017 for all new families to follow.
Domino is on the nest, one chick. Domino is on the nest, the chick is gone. We are very sad. Both adults are here one last time. They may stick around and molt here. We will look for them next season.