From Courtney Kern, Audubon Anchor Steward, reporting on the weekend observations of June 1-3, 2018:
We had a beautiful weekend! I was so happy to spend time with those of you who came out! I have some concrete numbers for those of who are wondering what our birds are doing.
As of now, there are no snowy plover nests, but at least two or three families running around with chicks. There are 59 least tern nests, and at least a dozen downy chicks. (Some downy chicks may not have been counted due to being hunkered down or hiding). There is one Wilson's Plover nest in the Little Estero Island CWA, and most of the Wilson's Plover chicks seem to be doing just fine. There is a small colony of least terns in the CWA with three to five downy chicks but no nests currently.
With the help of a few FGCU students, we found three banded black skimmers this weekend as well. There are currently 32 skimmer nests in the Carlos Pointe colony.
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