From Courtney Kern, Audubon Anchor Steward, reporting on the weekend observations of June 15-17, 2018
Great news! Many of our least tern chickees are fledged or fledging! We have chicks running around near the water now, so it is extremely important that we keep an eye out for them and let the beachgoers know! In the mornings, many wading birds have been seen at the cut into the lagoon. About 20 roseate spoonbills have been frequenting the area, as well as great egrets, snowy egrets, little blue herons, pelicans, and many others. Something interesting that some stewards and I noticed about the least terns is that, when it would start to get cloudy in the afternoons, they would rush out to the water in big flocks and feed. They use the protection of the cloud cover to keep their eggs and chicks cool!
The snowy plover chicks are getting very big, as well as the Wilson's chicks. We really have some survivor birds out there!
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