Monday, August 8, 2011

Least Tern Hatchling

I visited a second Least Tern colony near my home today which can only be reached via kayak.  I was disappointed when I only found one nearly fledged chick.  I got out of the kayak and searched the spit of land for more birds or eggs (I was asked to do this as part of the colonial waterbird survey that the County is responsible for doing on their lands due to my proximity to the site and the difficulty of getting there).  I found this adorable hatchling that may have been born this day.  Otherwise there was no real activity which was a bit of a surprise - I hope it means the other birds have fledged and I'm just late.

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