From the lagoon site, the Kubats and Ellen report good days. Visitors were positive and friendly and showed interest in seeing the birds. The lagoon itself has had some interesting birds: Roseate Spoonbills, White Pelicans (from last week), and the regulars, the Reddish Egrets.
On the Gulf side of things, we also met some interested and pleasant people. Also, unfortunately Nancy Richie heard that on Saturday evening four professional-looking photographers were disturbing the main tern and skimmer colony. In response, she did an evening walk the next day and didn’t see them, but did run into some shellers and visitors. The skimmers were a good deal more aggressive during Nancy’s visits than during the time Steve and I spent stewarding on Saturday. Other Gulf stewards–how have the skimmers responded to you and other humans when you’ve been at the colony?
All kinds of factors could affect the birds’ behavior, so they key is to let them tell you when you’re too close–and communicate to other beach goers that they should be responsive to the birds too.