When in 1977 the East line of the Metro was built, the diggers found the 60cm beak of what then was thought to be a large Gull. Together with all the other useless bones and artifacts, these were dumped somewhere in the city's archive.
Only a byline of a guy, who was interested in what one could find in sewage tanks, (smelly job, lol.) in an article he had written on his finds, brought two birders from the local Seabirds group down to view the item.
(the line in brackets read:"Oh, and the large beak in the city's archive is not a Gull but an Albatross)
Around the date of the beak, 17 or 18 century, Amsterdam was on the route of the major shipping lines, which were in this time were really taking off. and that the bird's beak must
have travelled north this way seems almost certain.
The two birders even speak of albatross kept as pet on the decks. with so much obstacles, it was very hard for them to take off, and the sailors liked them with their wobbly walk and funny calls.
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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