Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Come And Go

"And I wear it for the thousands who have died, believin' that The Lord was on their side. I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died, believin' that we all were on their side......" - Johnny Cash, Man In Black

Welcome to the special Memorial Day edition of BB&B. It's the first 3-day weekend I've had since I've been here, and since its almost my last I intend to take advantage of it. The almighty Chugach Band is playing Sunday night, and today I will compete in the venerable Red-footed Booby Midway 5K Classic. The possibilities are endless, and this realization just made me choke on my coffee. Who chokes on coffee?

Christmas Shearwater is the shearwater in black.

Of course, Memorial Day isn't really about me choking on things. I'll let the above Johnny Cash quote speak for my feelings on the holiday. Memorial Day on Midway is probably a bit different than the usual drunken irreverence on the mainland, and with the Battle of Midway anniversary coming up soon it could be interesting. I will let you know how it goes.

Not a whole lot new in bird news. The atoll is flooded in a high tide of adorable ducklings. People are keeling over left and right from cuteness-related complications. Pacific Golden-Plovers are few and far between.....most have probably made it back to Alaska by now. A few Ruddy Turnstones, Wandering Tattlers and Bristle-thighed Curlews are still lurking however. Most everything else here is the process of making babies, or just finishing. The clouds of Bonin Petrels that blanketed the sky at dusk have dissipated, and there are noticeably less adult albatross around. Spring seems to be slowly turning into summer......that was quick.


  1. How did you do in the 5K Classic?
    Did you train for this, or just start running?

    Mona & Nelson

  2. Well, I am inherently against running unless I am fleeing something (usually bears), but I did win the bike race! My training was the timed Laysan Duck surveys that Ive been doing by bike since Ive been here.