Monday, August 02, 2010

Black Terns

During yesterday's turtle patrol at Ft. Pickens, I saw more Least Terns than I've ever seen in a colony before...except I later found out they are NOT Least Terns! In questioning the Park's Biologist, Mark Nicholas, I discovered these are Black Terns which migrate through each year, stay a few days on our beach, then continue across the Gulf of Mexico toward the northern coast of South America.

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There were hundreds of them stretching far in the distance, from the vegetation line all the way to the shoreline. I had to creep along in order not to flush them, but what an amazing sight.

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