Erik Robb and wife Cindy came to visit for a week in the middle of January. They had planned on doing a substantial amount of diving (Cindy having gotten certified on their last visit) but Cindy arrived with a cold that persisted for their entire stay. So the two of them had to mostly be content to snorkel, which they did a lot of. Coincidentally, I had a cold as well, so it was Barb who finally took a dive with Erik when it became evident that Cindy would never be able to make bubbles. Barb reports that Erik, despite his relative lack of underwater experience, did a fine job.
The couple make lovely guests. Relaxed, helpful , appreciative and adventurous. For example, near the end of their stay we all went to Jibe City where Cindy took windsurfing lessons. On another occasion, Erik and Cindy dove and jumped off the top deck of Tusen Takk II.
When a Disney Cruise Ship was in town, Megan and Murray Zook spent a few hours with us. Megan is the daughter of Barb’s cousin Tom, which makes her a cousin once removed, if we understand the labeling scheme. It was nice to meet for the first time another relative.
For the third consecutive year we participated in the annual Lora Parrot Count. This year we were assigned to the Fontein rookery which was near Rincon. My partner was Laura Koop, since Barb was suffering from an irritated Achilles tendon that prevented her from ascending to the dramatic observation point. Michael & Roberta (with whom we shared a ride aboard Wanda the faithful pickup) were assigned to an observation point nearby. Barb had to observe from the back of Wanda. We counted an amazing 250 parrots, the highest number in the survey. The total count for the island was a whooping 1,153 – the highest in the 24 years they have been counting Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrots.
We had scouted the location during daylight several days earlier, since on the day of the survey we were required to be on station BEFORE the sun came up.
Pat had a number of us over for the super bowl, during which we enjoyed an extended “Mexican” meal.
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