Over the past two months, the Royal Terns have been developing their breeding plumages. Breeding plumages can only mean one thing!
Courtship appears to be going well!
Among the large group of Royal Terns and Black Skimmers, there was this lone Sandwich Tern. The tern is also developing its black cap.
I've been to Jetty Park twice over the past two weeks and both times there have been ten or more banded Royal Terns among the large flock. I've only been able to read a few of the many numbers on the bands.
Today, I saw this banded Ruddy Turnstone. The colored flags are much easier to read!
As I walked along the surf, the Skimmers were making their way to the water to cool off.
One skimmer made its way to the water followed by the entire flock...one at a time!