Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nesting Season Passes the Halfway Mark

We put up the posting on April 2 and usually take it down around Labor Day weekend. That means our season is more than halfway complete!  If you haven't had a chance to come out to the south end of Wrightsville Beach for a Monday morning Bird Walk or are still waiting for the right moment to sit and watch the sunset with the musical accompaniment of "melodic" bird songs....HURRY!

Here are pictures from our June 26 Bird Walk. They were all taken by Bill Segur and will give you a fantastic overview of what is waiting for you.

Many Least Tern chicks have their feathers and are officially ready to fly off as fledglings. Some have already left the colony.

Black Skimmer chicks are the most numerous at the this point. There are still some newly hatched chicks with their fuzzy down and others already spreading their wings. They often appear to be the comedians of the colony.

Some Common Terns are still sitting on their nests with occasional leaps into the sky for exercise or to warn us to keep our distance.

Other guests include Willets squawking at us along the shoreline and Green Herons stopping for a moment on their way to nests in the nearby trees.

Thanks again to Bill Segur for the great photographs!

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