What do you call a dive-bombing tern during nesting season? A good parent. Least Terns lay their eggs right in the sand. Their eggs and chicks are vulnerable to all types of predators, but tern parents mount a coordinated attack against anyone or anything that enters their nesting area. Despite my efforts to keep my distance, walking as close to the water as I could, there were some very good parents who let me know how unhappy they were with me. They were quite aggressive, coming within about a foot of my head, while I waved my arms to scare them off. They're beautiful when they're mad, aren't they?
Image photographed in Rhode Island.
June 26th, 2020
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