The torrential rains on the south end of Wrightsville Beach have finalized the nesting of the Black Skimmers and the Common Terns that were nesting on the front of the dunes the last week of July. On the last nest check (7/30) we had 12 active nests on the front dune and on the beach, but the storms and the heavy rainfall in the following days that week washed all the eggs out of the nests.
THE GOOD NEWS…
We have one strong and fast growing Black Skimmer chick to enjoy! And flying lessons have already begun for this little one.
Here is our Black Skimmer chick practicing FLIGHT!! Notice it is only about 2 feet above the ground! A milestone.... If you zoom in, you can see its leg bands!
On August 7 the chick was caught and bands were placed on its legs. You will notice a metal band on its right leg and a black “field readable” band with white numbers…#47 on its left leg. With this field readable band we have the possibility of easily seeing this chick when it returns to Wrightsville Beach in future years and knowing it was our 2018 special chick!!!
We continue to see large groups of our Black Skimmers on the beach and in the inlet! There were 191 Black Skimmers in the colony the other day. The birds are moving all the time now and if you happen to arrive when they decided to fly across the inlet and roost on the other side it seems like the season is over but it is not. Large numbers are on the move because they do not have chicks to care for in the posted area.Black Skimmers and Common Terns will randomly fly over the posted area and some Least Terns and Royal Terns can occasionally be seen.