The Wrightsville Beach Bird Stewards have been enjoying some "quieter" days at the nesting colony before gearing up for the rapidly approaching Fourth of July weekend. It seems that every trip to the south end leaves the visitor with a sense of being a part of a magical experience (whether you are there for several hours or just a quick visit before the dark clouds and thunder chase you away).
Here are some highlights....
|It is becoming easier each day to find new chicks on the beach.|
|The chicks ususally have their mouths open, ready for a meal.|
|It was hot that day!|
|Can you find all three chicks?|
|Already the fluffy "down" is turning into real feathers.|
|The chicks take refuge under a parent when it is hot.|
|This is somewhere between a "baby chick" and a "teenager".|
|These "teenage skimmers" have already learned to create shady timeout spots.|
There are three common tern chicks (rapidly becoming teenagers) who are readily visible in the front of the colony. The parents are starting to make them run around and chase them when a fish is brought in. Several times we have seen a common tern chick stretch its wings. There are still some common terns sitting on nests so as our teenage chicks fledge there should be some new babies emerging in the next few days.
Marlene took these shots through her scope yesterday.
So it is official.... The common tern chicks have "left the nest".
The newly banded oystercatcher chick (aka CKK) has been venturing to the water's edge and learning to find its own food. One day he/she took a quick bath.
"Other" Bird Appearances
Although the nesting shore birds are the focus there have been several guest appearances....