Dance Like an Albatross
The Laysan Albatross Cam is streaming live from Kauai, Hawaii. The two chicks, Niau and Kala’i, are the stars, but every so often we’re treated to some spectacular dance moves from adults that wander in.
Albatrosses have a full repertoire of dance moves and will sometimes boogie in groups of three or four. This dancing is thought to reduce aggression between males and females and induce pair formation.
We’ve put together a fun video to help you learn to dance almost as well as a full-grown albatross—check it out.
The Return of the Blackbirds!
Red-winged Blackbirds have made their spring return here at Sapsucker Woods. Keep an eye (and ear) on the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam; listen for their classic conk-la-ree trill, and see if you can spot flashes of red on black wings. We’ve also noticed a few Rusty Blackbirds hanging around the pond—who knows what you might find on screen?
Barn Owl Bliss
The Barn Owls that took up residence in a new nest box on a Texas ranch are showing promising signs for the upcoming breeding season. The male has been bringing prey animals to the nest in displays of courtship, and both birds have been cozily tucked in their nest box almost every day for the last few weeks. We’ve seen them mate a few times, and we hope to see them lay their first eggs sometime before the middle of April. Watch cam.