|Note the egg peaking out from under this nesting Least Tern|
Today I returned to the Least Tern nesting area on Ft Myers Beach to see how they have been progressing. Hundreds of the terns remain actively nesting and many have already fledged. Hundreds Black Skimmers have now joined the terns and appear to be nesting as well.
Sighted at least nine Snowy Plovers, but didn't see any juveniles. One poor guy was suffering from foot rot.
Did see a family of Wilson's Plovers with three very young chicks.
Best sighting was spotting a young American Oystercatcher chick with its parents. Seems to me that past nesting attempts here by oystercatchers suffered from predation, so it was a pleasure to see the baby bird today.
|Nesting Black Skimmer|
|Wilson's Plover with Chicks|
|American Oystercatcher Chick|
|Male Black Scoter over summering in Florida|
|Closest I've ever been to a Hammerhead Shark|