Nest Check 2023

Nest Check will not occur this season.  You can see the pictures from last season’s nest below.





The nests and stories below are from the 2022 season and will remain up until Nov 2024 when we select on new group of families.




June 2023. We will be arriving at Cape Royds, Antarctica in November 2023  and selecting the penguin families for the 2023-24 breeding season.

The pictures below are the nests from 2022-23 season. Click on the NEST # to see the daily pictures of that family and the story of their chicks.  Come back in Nov-2023 to see if any of these birds returned.
Go HERE  to  see the pictures and stories from 2019 as 11 penguin families raised their chicks at Cape Royds breeding colony.  Click HERE to see nests from previous years (2012-2018).

You can also see live daily pictures of the colony on our webcam by going HERE.

Nest 1

Band #06661  – Male

This penguin pair are Rocky and Flames named by the students in Joni Nesbitt’s class. Click on the nest number to see the daily pictures.

penguin pair

Nest 2

Band #62931 – Female

These parents are Chester and Winter named by the students at Boulder Peak Intermediate School, Marion, IA. Kris Hart, librarian.

penguin pair

Nest 3

Band # 78786 – Male

This is a rare situation. Two banded birds have mated. The female’s number is 72439.  They are Leo and Hazel named by the students in Robbin Makled’s class in Dearborn School.

penguin pair

Nest 4

Band #78997 – Male

This pair is Flipper and Sally named by the students at Kingwood ES, WV. Their teacher is Tiffany Sheets.

Nest 5

Band #76949

This nest is the Phoenix nest, named by Billie Morris’ students at Cumberland Academy, Fayetteville, NC.

Penguin pair

Nest 6

Band #76634

This is a 5 year old female. The pair is Snowflake and Laker, named by the students at the Boys Latin School, Baltimore, MD. Their teacher is Mary-Catherine Irving.

penguin on nest

Nest 7

Band #72291 – Male

This pair was named Mumble and Bobala by the students in Genny Kahlweiss’ class at Saint Columban School in Garden Grove, CA.

Nest 8

Band#63045 – Male

 An 11 year old male who has raised chicks before at Cape Royds.  The parents are Nina and Blake, named by the students in Peg Volak’s class at Bedminster ES, Perkasie, PA.